Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, the 13th man to serve as president of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) since its founding in 1847, is the church’s chief ecclesiastical officer, supervising the doctrine taught and practiced by its nearly 9,000 ordained ministers; representing the LCMS with its partner church bodies throughout the world; and overseeing all officers, executives and agencies of the LCMS. He was first elected to the office of LCMS president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013.
Harrison and his wife live in Ballwin, Mo., and are members of Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Mo., where Harrison also serves as assistant pastor. They have two sons. Harrison is an avid banjo player and instrumentalist who makes guitars, banjos, and mandolins.