Henry Endress, 66, founder and retired director of the Lutheran Resources Commission in Washington, a nonprofit grants consultation agency for churches, died Sept. 27 in a hospital in San Leandro, Calif. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Endress came to Washington and founded the Lutheran Resources Commission in 1969. Besides the three largest Lutheran denominations, the commission serves Presbyterian, United Presbyterian, United Methodist and Roman Catholic churches.

After retiring in 1979, Mr. Endress moved to Hayward, Calif., where he was director of development of the Vesper Society, which administers hospitals and social service programs.

He was a former director of the Commission on Stewardship of the Lutheran Church in America and a former acting president of Waterloo Lutheran University in Ontario, Canada, now Wilfred Laurier University.

Mr. Endress was an associate producer of the Lutheran-sponsored film, "Martin Luther," which won two Academy Awards in 1954. That same year, he was named "Lutheran of the Year" by the National Federation of Lutheran Clubs.

A former Washington resident, he was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation here and a former president of the Lutheran Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington.

He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and graduated from Wagner College there.

Survivors include his wife, the former Claire LeBlanc, of Hayward; a daughter, Lori, of Zurich; a son, Lee, of Honolulu, and two brothers, Erwin, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Herbert, of San Juan, P.R.