Our Story

For 132 years Bethlehem has been proclaiming God's grace on the corner of Washington Ave. and Dryades in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, LA. This year, we've taken the major step of launching Community Table, a meal program that provides free gourmet lunches every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at noon. 


We are a congregation that represents the beautiful mess of God's love in the world. We find our strength through the knowledge that God creates and loves all people, and through our own celebration of the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences in our midst.


We'd love for you to come and check us out to see how your story might join with ours. Bring your whole self, and expect to find a loving community where we're all in it together.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a historically Black Lutheran congregation that has been serving the Central City neighborhood and the greater New Orleans area for over 130 years. 

We're passionate about joyful worship, living faith as a lifelong journey, and supporting our community through good and bad alike.

We're not worshipping in person right now due to the coronavirus, but we do meet for an evening prayer service on Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 9pm. Please email Pastor Ben for the Zoom link!  You can also find pictures, news, and updates at our Facebook page!

Contact Information 


(504) 895-7050


1823 Washington Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Visit our facebook page for frequent updates and news!


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