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:

Mr. Brian Henning was consecrated Monday, May 20 at Shepherd of the Hills, Edina, where he has been called as a deacon
Rev. Debra Bergstrand, from the Southwestern Minnesota Synod to St. John’s, Mound, associate pastor
Rev. Barbara VanDrasek was ordained Saturday, May 11 at Central Lutheran Church.  She has been called to Gethsemane, North Minneapolis, as associate pastor
Rev. Mary Fiel, from Northeastern Minnesota Synod to Salem, Dalbo, and Siloa, Braham, pastor
Rev. Neal Cannon, from Northern Illinois Synod to Woodlake, Richfield, associate pastor

Within the Synod:

Rev. Amy Chalupnik, from Lord of Life, Ramsey, to Trinity, Monticello, pastor
Rev. Karen Wight-Hoogheem, from Faith, Coon Rapids, to on-leave-from-call for study
Rev. Cliff Hanson, from Faith, Isanti, to on-leave-from-call
Rev. Christine Ruth, from Faith, Waconia, to on-leave-from-call

Goings/Retirement, with Godspeed:

Rev. Richard Braun, from Family of Christ, Chanhassen, retired May 5, 2019

Congregations in Interim/Study:

All Saints, Norwood Young America, associate pastor
Cross of Glory, Brooklyn Center, pastor
Faith, Isanti, Pastor
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, pastor
Long Lake, Isanti, senior pastor
Nokomis Heights, Minneapolis, pastor
Our Fathers, Rockford, co-pastor
Prince of Peace, St. Louis Park, pastor
River of Life/Christ English, Minneapolis, pastor
Spirit of Joy, Buffalo, pastor

Congregations in Active Call Process:

Crown of Glory, Chaska, associate pastor
Edina Community, Edina, co-pastor
Peace, Bloomington, associate pastor
Zion, Buffalo, associate pastor

Congregations Calling Final Candidate:

Christ Memorial, Plymouth, pastor
Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, associate pastor
Grace, Andover, senior pastor
Normandale, Edina, associate pastor
Prairie, Eden Prairie, associate pastor
St. Andrew, East Bethel, pastor (pt)
Word of Peace, Rogers, deacon

Updated 6/6/19