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:

Deacon Ann Campbell, from South-Central Synod of Wisconsin to Zion, Anoka, deacon
The Rev. Barbara Johnson, from the Rocky Mountain Synod to University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, pastor for care and nurture
The Rev. David Lose, from Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod to Mount Olivet, Minneapolis, senior pastor
The Rev. Carolyn Philstrom, from Western North Dakota Synod, on leave from call
The Rev. William Sanden, reinstated, to Walker Methodist Healthcare Center, Minneapolis, chaplain

Within the Synod:

The Rev. Meta Carlson, from Zion, Minneapolis, to Bethlehem-Twin Cities, Minnetonka Campus, associate pastor
The Rev. Galen Hora, retired, to First, Columbia Heights, interim senior pastor
The Rev. Eva Jensen, from on leave from call to Zion, Minneapolis, interim pastor
The Rev. Michael Matson, from Bethany, Minneapolis, to on leave from call
The Rev. Robyn Provis, from Salem Evangelical, Minneapolis, to on leave from call
The Rev. Marion Rova, retired, to Grace, Bloomington, interim pastor
The Rev. Michelene Verlautz, from Valley of Peace, Golden Valley, to St. Timothy, Columbia Heights, pastor

Goings/Retirements with Godspeed:

The Rev. Richard Chronis, Braham Lutheran, Braham, ordained 8/18/1980, retiring June 4, 2017
The Rev. Tom Koelln, St. John, Zimmerman, ordained 5/17/1981, retiring June 30, 2017
The Rev. Krista Sundt, Norwegian Memorial, Minneapolis, returning to Norway

Congregations in Interim:

Bethany, Minneapolis, pastor (pt)
Braham, Braham, pastor
Calvary, Minneapolis, senior pastor
East Union, Carver, pastor
Grace, Bloomington, pastor
Holy Trinity, Minneapolis, senior pastor
Hope, Minneapolis, pastor
Norwegian Memorial, Minneapolis, pastor
Peace, Coon Rapids, associate pastor
River of Life, Minneapolis, pastor
Salem Evangelical, Minneapolis, pastor
Siloa, Braham, pastor (pt)
Spirit Garage, Minneapolis, pastor
St. John’s, Shakopee, associate pastor
St. Philip’s, Fridley, senior pastor
Valley of Peace, Golden Valley, pastor
Woodlake, Richfield, pastor
Zion, Minneapolis, pastor (pt)

Congregations in Active Call Process:

Cambridge, Cambridge, associate pastor
Christ the King, Bloomington, associate pastor
Elim, Robbinsdale, senior pastor
First, Columbia Heights, senior pastor
Holy Trinity, New Prague, pastor
Lyndale, Maple Plain, pastor
Valley of Peace, Golden Valley, pastor
West Union, Carver, pastor

Congregations Calling Final Candidate:

Advent, Anoka, associate pastor
Spirit of Christ, St. Louis Park, pastor
Westwood, St. Louis Park, associate pastor
Word of Peace, associate pastor (2)


Updated 6/1/17