All Are Welcome | Western Iowa Synod | ELCA
This is Christ's church. There is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world. Our faith calls us to learn more and speak out on issues affecting our vulnerable neighbors and the forces threatening creation.
Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. Each year, LSI strengthens Iowa families through a variety of programs, ranging from early childhood education to behavioral and mental health services. Watch these video testimonials on how LSI changes lives.
For links to services and contact information, visit Lutheran Services in Iowa. To find a location near you, and contact LSI, visit Contact Us.
New WIS Pastors
Rev. Jeffrey Hansen
From: NE IA Synod
To: Faith, Odebolt; Bethel, Kiron
Accepting Calls in WIS
Rev. Dr. Mike Kroona
From: Trinity, Webster City
To: Assistant to the Bishop
Taking Calls Outside WIS
Rev. Jeffrey Ungs
To: Florida-Bahamas Synod
Rev. Del Olivier, Augustana, Sioux City
Rev. Paul Johnston, Trinity, Sioux City
Rev. Lil Johnston, County Road Ministries
Rev. Roger Claxton, Bethlehem, Red Oak; Faith, Griswold
Rev. Lowell Hennigs, Emanuel, Council Bluffs
Rev. Stephany Sanborn, Disability
Leaders On Leave from Call
Deacon Lynn Egesdal
Rev. Joy Gonnerman
Rev. Tom Hagen
Rev. Ben McIntire
Rev. Rodger Prois
Rev. Grant Van Lishout
Rev. Sherry Van Lishout
Western Iowa Synod Office
318 East 5th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
The Synod is comprised of the following counties in Western Iowa: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton (west), Hancock (west), Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Taylor, Union, Webster, Winnebago (west), Woodbury, Wright (west).
Greetings From Iowa to Tanzania
(Click photo above to view video.)The Western Iowa Synod celebrates with our companion synod in Tanzania the consecration of a new Bishop! We hope you enjoy this video greeting from all of us to our Tanzanian sisters and brothers.
LSI Selected for Developing, Overseeing Refugee/Immigrant Welcome Center
Lutheran Social Services in Iowa has been selected to develop and oversee a new welcome and empowerment center for refugees and immigrants in Central Iowa. LSI was the successful applicant in a competitive bid process by Polk County, the City of Des Moines and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.This project is designed to fill a community need: to assist and support refugees and immigrants who call Iowa home. Read more in this Des Moines Register article.
Learn about ELCA global missionaries, scholars and ministries in Tanzania, East Africa and where needs are greates. Visit ELCA Global Ministries.
Emerging Ministers Gather
TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) candidates, their mentors and supervisors recently gathered at Bethlehem Lutheran, Cherokee. Pastor Paul Johnston presented on Family Systems. Bishop Lorna Halaas, Pastor Chris Lang and Pastor Pastor Paul Bengtson prepared a day of worship, learning, camaraderie and fun!