The synod celebrates its leaders in their various stages of ministry. We are happy to share information about changes here.

“Change is constant in any living organism. That is no less true for communities of faith. Leaders change. New ordinands explore calls. Pastors retire.” – Ken Inskeep

New to the Synod:

Rev. Elise Pokel, from Northeastern Minnesota Synod to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, associate pastor
Mr. Peter J. Johnson has been called by St. Andrew, East Bethel, as pastor.  He will be ordained August 18 at St. Andrew.
Ms. Lydia Svenulski was consecrated as a deacon on Sunday, June 30 at Word of Peace, Rogers, where she has been called to serve as Director of Adult Ministries.

Within the Synod:

Rev. Elette Gamble, from Augustana Care Corp. to on-leave-from-call
Rev. Rebecca Gamble, from Shepherd of the Lake, Prior Lake, to Normandale, Edina, associate pastor

Goings/Retirement, with Godspeed:

Rev. Dale Howard, from Normandale, Edina, retired July 1, 2019

Congregations in Interim/Study:

All Saints, Norwood Young America, associate pastor
Cross of Glory, Brooklyn Center, pastor
Faith, Coon Rapids, associate pastor
Faith, Isanti, Pastor
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, pastor
Nokomis Heights, Minneapolis, pastor
Our Fathers, Rockford, co-pastor
Christ the River of Life, Minneapolis, pastor
Spirit of Joy, Buffalo, pastor

Congregations in Active Call Process:

Edina Community, Edina, co-pastor
Shepherd of the Lake, Prior Lake, associate pastor
Zion, Buffalo, associate pastor

Congregations Calling Final Candidate:

Christ Memorial, Plymouth, pastor
Crown of Glory, Chaska, associate pastor
Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, associate pastor
Grace, Andover, senior pastor
Long Lake, Isanti, senior pastor
Peace, Bloomington, associate pastor
Peace, Coon Rapids, associate pastor (pt)
Prairie, Eden Prairie, associate pastor

Updated 7/17/19