Since its founding in 1991 by Padre Horacio Castillo, the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) has always been about ministering to people living in the margins of Guatemalan society, particularly the indigenous poor. From the lowlands of Petén in the north to the ravines of Guatemala City, the ILAG works to make God’s grace known to all. Currently, the Lutheran church in Guatemala has more than 2,000 members in 17 congregations. The church also operates an elementary school, Colegio Luterano Agustino de El Mirador, in Guatemala City, serving 90+ students. Bishop Castillo retired in 2014, and Pastor Karen Castillo was voted to serve as President of the ILAG.
Since formalizing a companion partnership in 2005, the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala have been walking together to learn more about what it means to be Lutheran in our global church. Through visiting the ILAG, receiving the pastoral team as guests, prayerful support, making financial gifts, and living through the values of accompaniment, companions on every end of the partnership have grown more deeply into faith. We invite you to learn more about the companionship and join us as we walk together.
Travel to Guatemala
Since its partnership with the Saint Paul Area Synod in 2005, hundreds of travelers have visited companions through the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala. These visits strengthen relationships between partner churches as visitors learn more about the culture and faith of their family in Christ living in Guatemala.