First Lutheran Church was organized in 1868 by Swedish immigrants to this part of western Illinois, who desired a faithful ministry of Word and Sacrament in their new homeland. As First Lutheran nears one and one-half centuries of existence, that desire still continues today.
With its roots in the old Augustana Synod, and with historic ties to both Augustana College and Augustana Seminary, our congregation is now part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran church body in the United States.
First Lutheran likes to boast that it is Warren County’s largest Lutheran congregation . . . of course, it's also the only Lutheran congregation in Warren County. For this reason, and to serve the nearby Monmouth College community, we happily welcome Lutherans of all backgrounds as well as people who are new to Lutheranism--or even new to Christianity and the Church itself.