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All Nations Lutheran Church has its origins in Church for All Nations, a congregation of the LCMS Atlantic District that existed nearby for around 15 years. When the District decided, on very short notice, to close the congregation in 2015, several of the remaining members asked Dr. Jeff Dailey, who often served as a substitute pastor, to start a new congregation. On May 1, 2015, several people met for a prayer meeting at a rehearsal studio on 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The following week—May 8th—the first service of the new church was held. The original meeting place was ideal, but, after several months, the building was put up for sale and the owner of the studio had to relocate her business a few blocks away. We now meet on the 10th floor of 244 West 54th Street, just three blocks from the old Church for All Nations. The studio is completely accessible, and both the building and the studio have recently been renovated. 

Meeting in rented space has advantages. Without the overhead of a building, we have few operating expenses and do not have to deal with the financial worries that so many congregations have. We can therefore devote all of our attention to outreach. We have recently been focusing on outreach to international students, tourists, and performers, but anyone who comes to our services will find it a unique experience. We are a small group, so you will be welcomed from the moment you arrive, and we will explain the service—we celebrate a traditional Lutheran liturgy—as it unfolds. Whether you’ve been to church dozens of times or this is your first visit, we will make sure you feel welcome and a part of the experience.