About Us


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Synod is all of us, walking together, in mission and ministry for the sake of our neighbor. Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA is one of 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of nine synods in Region 3 of the ELCA, and one of six synods in the state of Minnesota Our territory includes the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, and St. Louis.

Northeastern Minnesota Synod is guided by an elected bishop and a synod council composed of rostered ministers and lay members from the 130 congregations on the synod roster. Together, they oversee the ministry of the synod’s congregations and rostered ministers. The bishop and synod staff provide support and resources to congregations, ministries and leaders within the synod.

As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Northeastern Minnesota Synod aligns with the ELCA teachings.


The Northeastern Minnesota Synod is empowering congregations and ministries to encounter and share the love of God in Christ Jesus.


How can we learn the art of gathering so people feel they belong? How could our buildings be used now? How can we welcome new people and new ways of being church?


How can we build networks and systems that reach across the church and out to the community? How can we be authentic neighbors as we move from isolation into deeper connection?


How can we rekindle the faith? In this changing world, how can we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God? How can we embrace our baptismal call to love all people and the world God made?


How can we respond to everyday needs? How can we learn together, train leaders, and care for each other as we experiment with new vision?