Our mission statement:
The mission of the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Publishing House (CELPH) is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the collection, production, and distribution of doctrinally sound media, according to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
In order to meet the objectives of our mission, CELPH works to produce materials primarily in the three languages that are in most common use in Sri Lanka, Sinhala, Tamil, and English. CELPH also produces languages in other materials, according to external needs and internal capacity.
CELPH comes under the auspices of the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church. As a mission of the Church, we are not a profit making entity; rather we produce resources in order to make them available as widely as possible, and as easy as possible to use, whether you are within Sri Lanka, or abroad. Most materials are therefore freely available for download, for reading online, or private or public distribution, at your convenience. If you find our materials useful, please feel free to use them as you see fit.
CELPH was launched on 2 September 2017 at the first CELC Convocation, with the distribution of catechism posters of the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the Ten Commandments.
Rev. Dr. Edward Naumann, a missionary of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, was officially appointed as the CEO of CELPH by the CELC Board of Directors in February 2018.
About the Logo
The CELPH logo includes a ‘Chi Rho’, which are the first two Greek letters of the name ‘Christ’: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ. The Chi Rho symbol was used from earliest times among Christians. It reminds us of our connection with the apostolic church, and that Christ is at the centre of everything we do. The Chi Rho rests upon an open book, and from it comes light, to symbolize that Christ is the life and light that came into the world, to illumine the darkness (John 1).