Skip to content

An Evangelical-Lutheran weekend conference in Reykjavik, Iceland

June 23.–26. JELK invites you to a weekend conference in the land of ice and fire, where the emphasis will be on Biblical, Lutheran teaching, plenty of time for conversations and meals.

The theme for the confrerence is „What God gives.“ We want ot point to God, who is the giver of all things, for he is not only the creator but also the redeemer of the world.

The weekend will be held in Friðrikskapella chapel and Suðurhlíðarskóli, which is a local school.

Participation in the conference, as well as coffe and cake is free of charge. We will also provide simple meals and a place to roll out a sleeping bag at a reasonable price. For those requiring more comfortable accomodations, several hotels and AirBnB apartments can be found within short distance.

In free time we recommend walking around the city centre, visiting Perlan viewpoint, the artificially heated beach or one of the many public baths. On Sunday we gather for a tour around the southern part of the country, which includes geothermally active areas, waterfalls and the meeting of two tectonic plates. If we are extremely lucky we might even be able to witness a volcanic eruption.

Speakers

Rev. Brian A. Flamme

Brian A. Flamme is from Greenwood Indiana, and serves today as Senior Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Roswell New Mexico. He has a B.A in philosophy from Indiana University: M.Div and an S.T.M. degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, focusing on apologetics. Brian is married to Jennifer and they have three boys.

Sr. Sakarías Ingólfsson

Sakarías Ingólfsson is from Iceland, but has been living in Norway for the past two decades. He is the senior pastor of Messiaskirken in Oslo, and the pastor of JELK. He has a theological masters degree from Fjellhaug International University College, and is working on an S.T.M. degree from Concordia Theological Seminary. Sakarías is married to Margrethe, and they have three children.

Rev. Justin Clarke

Justin Clarke is from Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, and studied theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He is serving as pastor in Christ Lutheran Church, Murray, Utah. Justin is married to Joy and they have four children.

Schedule

Friday June 23

19:00 Light evening meal
20:00 God gives salvation. (Sakarías Ingólfsson)
22:00 Compline

Saturday June 24

08:30 Laudes
10:00 God gives all things. (Brian Flamme)
11:15 God gives salvation. (Brian Flamme)
12:30 Lunch
17:00 Icelandic Lutheran christianity in North America. (Justin Clarke)
19:00 Supper
20:30 Compline

Sunday June 25

11:00 Divine Service
13:00 Lunch
14:00 God gives limits. (Brian Flamme)
19:00 Supper
20:30 Compline

Monday June 26

Tour around the „Golden Circle“

Registration

Registration will open soon

Confessional Lutheranism in Iceland

JELK is a project in Iceland which seeks to reintroduce the Icelandic nation to conservative and confessional Lutheranism. Iceland has a rich reformation history, but during the 1900s the country has been thoroughly secularized. JELK faithfully confesses the Christian faith as expressed in the Lutheran confessions found in the Book of Concord.

Sakarias Ingolfsson, who is born and raised in Iceland, and has been living and working in Norway for the past two decades serves as the pastor for the Iceland project. Most of his work for the projcet is online. He also travels to Iceland approximately every six weeks to hold service and meet with contacts.

This webpage is our primary channel of communication. The page currently contains articles and videos about basic doctrinal topics, teaching materials, sermon videos and recordings from Bible studies. We have made available a part of the Lutheran confessions which was translated into Icelandic during the 1980s and are working on publishing a more recent translation of the Large catechism and Smalcald articles. We are currently working on an original translation of the Epitome.

In September of 2021 we met for Divine Service for the first time. Since then we have set up a service approximately every six weeks. The services are held in Friðrikskapella, a chapel belonging among others to a local soccer team.

Between services we meet online for Bible studies and discussions.

Our desire is to make contact with younger Icelandic men who are willing to enter our pastoral training program in Oslo, which also includes a year of exchange studies at one of the Concordia seminaries in St. Louis, Ft. Wayne, St. Catherine‘s or Edmonton.

The Iceland project is formally a part of the Lutheran Church in Norway (www.lkn.no), a free church which is in Church fellowship with LCMS and AALC. The project receives support from individuals, congregations, the Lutheran Hour Ministries and LCMS office of international missions.

Please make your tax-deductible donation check payable to
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Designate for Iceland Church plant in the memo.
Please mail the check to:

St. Timothy Lutheran Church
% Iceland Church Plant
900 Lawndale Lane
Charleston, WV 25314.

Please keep Iceland and our work there in your prayers. This is slow work, and it can only be done in faith. There are still plenty of people who like the cultural side of the Church, as well as the stories that can be interpreted purely ethically, like the parable about the good Samaritan. However, the people are hardened towards both the law and the gospel. Only the Holy Spirit can open those hearts to receiving Christ in his word.