Amsalu Geleta

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Amsalu T. Geleta was called in 2021 to serve as the Senior Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church. Prior to this call, he served as an Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission of the Delaware Maryland Synod. He helped to start six new ministries and accompanied transforming congregations and mission developers. As staff person for the Candidacy process, he accompanied those discerning rostered leadership in the ELCA, worked with the seminary, internship sites, and Candidacy Committee to support seminarians.

A native of Ethiopia, he holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Mekane Yesus Seminary (Ethiopia), a Master of Philosophy degree from the Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology (Oslo, Norway), a Master of Theology degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria, VA), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

During his quest to become an ordained minister, Pastor Geleta served as a Dean of Studies and as an instructor at Christian Education College in Nekemte, and as an instructor at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In the United States he served as the interim director of Pastoral Care at Inova Alexandria Hospital, and a hospital chaplain at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. He served his first call as an ordained pastor at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, VA.  Pastor Geleta was an intern (2005-2006), an associate pastor (2013-2017), and was called to serve as a Senior Pastor (2021-present) of Christ Lutheran Church.

He has been serving on several synodical and churchwide ministries, committees and boards including the ELCA Church Council and its Executive Committee. Pr. Geleta enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Ife, and their daughters Deborah, Simbo, and Kenna.  

To contact Rev. Geleta please use the form or call the church office at (410) 752-7179o