The Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America is a confessionalLutheran church body in the United States. The ELDoNA was founded June 6, 2006 at a meeting held at Salem Lutheran Church, Malone, Texas. A second diocesan synod was held August 28 and 29, 2007. The third diocesan synod was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Richmond, Missouri May 22, 2008, and the fourth in the same location, May 14 and 15, 2009. For the fifth Colloquium and Synod, the diocese returned to Malone, Texas, May 12–15, 2010, and met there again for the sixth Colloquium and Synod May 11–13, 2011. The most recent Colloquium and Synod was the first event where all but one of the pastors of the diocese and the entire clergy of the ACLC were in attendance. Among the significant decisions of the 2011 synod was the resolution to open a diocesan seminary in September 2012. The next diocesan synod will take place at Salem Lutheran Church in Malone, Texas the week of April 23–27, 2012.
In 2006, The Rt. Rev. James Heiser was called to serve as the diocesan bishop. (Bishop Heiser recently published a volume of essays on the doctrine of the holy ministry entitled Stewards of the Mysteries of God. He is also the author of a study of the neo-Platonic revival which took place during the Italian Renaissance, entitled "Prisci Theologi and the Hermetic Reformation in the Fifteenth Century.”) There are now fourteen pastors in the diocese, serving congregations in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. A fifteenth pastor will be received into the membership of the diocese at the April 2012 meeting.
The diocese produces a monthly devotional journal, The Lutheran Herald, which also includes diocesan news.