About First Lutheran

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ely, Minnesota, is a member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and is based on the Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. We invite all who share these beliefs to worship with us and partake of the Lord’s Supper. If you would like more information about instruction in the tenets of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and of this church please contact us.

The congregation was founded by Finnish immigrants in 1890 and has an interesting history.  Read more about First Lutheran history.


John Grohs

Pastor John Grohs

John Grohs is interim pastor.

Irene Hartfield is Director of Music, providing organ and piano and special music for the services. Click here for more information on Irene and the music program.

Mary Archambault is the church secretary.

All personnel may be E-mailed through the Contact Us form.