African Descent Lutheran Association

African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) develops and promotes connections plus support for initiatives of special interest to those within the African, African American, and African descent community.

Our Delaware-Maryland Synod has an active African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) Chapter focusing on engaging, involving and investing in the gifts, interests and capacity of people of African descent in every aspect of the life of this church, our synod and globally. They gather monthly as a source of information and forum for theological reflection, we strive to develop leaders, supporting mainstream involvement with the DE-MD Synod as well as the Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries of the ELCA.

The goal: Full Partnership – Full Participation!



President- Linda Chinnia
Vice President- Krystal Hamlett
Treasurer- Heather Gayle
Secretary- Mydea Karpeh
Congregation Liaison- Marian Gayle
Rostered Minister Liaisons- Rev. Eric Campbell, Rev. Melissa Lemons
Youth Liaisons- Marian Boston, John Henderson
Region 8 Representative for National ADLA-Willie Korboi
ominating Committee- Marian Boston



Chapter meets last Friday of each month at 6200 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239.  For specific dates and times, contact Mydea Karpeh

Annual Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Day

ADLA Fundraising activity


To get involved, contact: Mydea Karpeh