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Welcome to the home of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin, where mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere!

Part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the East Central Synod of WI consists of 85,000 Lutherans in 126 congregations.

New Staff at ECSW
Rev. Jean DeVoll-Donaldson,
Director of Evangelical Mission

Rev. Jean DeVoll-Donaldson

Rev. Jean DeVoll-Donaldson will begin her ministry as DEM on January 9th, 2015. She comes to us from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. Her typical emphases as a DEM were renewal/ redevelopment of congregations, starting new congregations and other related ministries, leadership development, stewardship education and resourcing.

She has served as a member of the ELCA’s Renewal Team. Pastor Jean is certified in the ELCA to train others to be coaches, is trained to support congregations working with Natural Church Development (NCD), can provide conflict transformation mediation and recently completed a week-long immersion in faith based community organizing. She looks forward to finding out how her training and experiences might dovetail with interests of others within our synod.


Spirit Led, Spirit Shaped – A Journey Together

  • January 24th
    • 8:30-11:30 a.m. Wisconsin River Valley
    • 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tomorrow River Conference
  • January 31st
    • 8:30-11:30 a.m. Shawano Conference
    • 1:30-4:30 p.m. Green Bay Conference
  • February 7th
    • 8:30-11:30 a.m. Appleton Conference
    • 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oshkosh Conference

Bishop Gerald Mansholt welcomes all rostered leaders, congregational members, youth and youth workers of the Synod to gather for discernment of  where the Spirit is Leading and Shaping Us to participate in God’s mission.

We are on this Journey Together!  Ramie Bakken, Coordinator for Missional Leadership for Region 5, will lead us in small group sessions by Dwelling in the Word, Listening and Praying Together and Asking.

“What might God be up to in our synod?” 

“Where might the Spirit be stirring our imaginations for ministry?”

Watch for More Details to Come!


Youth Leadership Summit

Dara Stull, Kyle Olson and Danielle Karch represented the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit in Detroit on November 13-16, 2014. Pictured is the three of them the day they left.

They were asked the question:  “If we were to make a phone call at this moment that had EVERY congregation from our synod listening on the other end, what would we say?

Their responses: From Danielle:Youth Leadership Summit
“We’ve only been here for a day and a half and there have already been mind-blowing and life changing experiences. I feel like I have learned about things I can do to take back to my church. I’m learning so much about the bigger church and that it’s not just Redeemer in Stevens Point, it’s not just camp…when I am in college I won’t be present at Redeemer, but I will always be part of a bigger church. It’s exciting to be part of something so big that does so much mission work.”

From Kyle:
“Even if you are skeptical about coming to this city, coming and helping with all the stuff we will be doing, will help this city a lot. Every little thing we can give to this city will be a HUGE help. However you choose to experience this it will shape your faith and change your life”

From Dara:
“East Central Synod of Wisconsin–>God has called us to Detroit. It’s our turn to step out of our comfort zones and respond with, “Here I am; send me.”

We will share more information with them soon!


Bishop Mansholt & Kyle

Bishop Mansholt had the pleasure of meeting and engaging in conversation with Kyle Olson & Pastor Mark Ziemer, during a recent visit he had at Grace Lutheran Church in Tomahawk.

Dara & Danielle

Dara Stull and Danielle Karch enjoyed lunch and conversation with Darlene Kalfahs as plans were made to attend the summit.

Youth are the future of the church. Find ways to engage and empower these young people in their faith and relationships with God and You!


YAGM in South AfricaRev. Tessa Moon Leiseth is the ELCA young Adults in Global Mission South Africa Country Coordinator and one of the Missionaries that several of our congregations sponsor.

Visit the
YAGMSA site
to learn more about the YAGM in South Africa.

Tessa and her family Jon, Isaac and Sophia live in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Stay in touch with them via their blog.

Congratulations to Pastor Anne Edison-Albright, Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stevens Point for an excellent article in the December 2014 Issue of the Gather Magazine.

Trusting Children is the title and it reminds us about the importance of providing experiences that help children to trust in God, in church while reminding us about the many blessing they bring to our life and the importance of trusting them too.

Read Article Here