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Synod Assembly

The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business. The 2015 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly theme, We Are Church: Here and Now, offers an occasion for us to pay attention to the changing demographics in our communities, as well as develop an understanding of what it means to ‘be church’ in the 21st century.

The 2015 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly gathered at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville on April 24-25, 2015. For a full agenda and more about the theme, We are Church: Here and Now, download the Pre-Assembly Booklet (PDF).

Bulletin of Reports

Reports from task force groups and synodical committees, ministry partners, and agencies
and institutions affiliated with Saint Paul Area Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America are located in this PDF document.

These reports outline the array of work we undertake as congregations together in the
Saint Paul Area Synod and as part of the whole church as we carry out global ministries,
seek to become more inclusive and hospitable to all, develop resources and equip leaders,
advocate for justice and the common good, serve the needs of the poor and marginalized,
and fine new, collaborative, effective ways to work together as the body of Christ in the

Those submitting printed reports include:

  • Iringa Committee (Bega Kwa Bega)
  • Guatemala Task Force
  • Hunger Work Group
  • Local Mission Partners
  • Carthage College
  • ELCA Region 3 Archives
  • Augsburg College
  • Lutheran Social Service
  • Luther Seminary
  • Lutheran Advocacy
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Mission Investment Fund
  • Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Women of the ELCA
  • Wartburg College
  • Portico Benefit Services
  • ELCA Region 3
  • Concordia College

Please note, the reports included are of those organizations who took the initiative to report to the Saint Paul Area Synod. All reports are published as they were recieved.

2015 Synod Assembly Speakers

Heidi Neumark, Trinity Lutheran Church (New York City), Keynote Speaker
The Reverend Heidi Neumark hails from New Jersey and was educated at Brown University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is a lifelong student of ecumenism, human rights and peace with justice. Since 2003, she has been the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church—a growing, diverse, imaginative, justice-seeking congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Prior to her current call, she served Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx for nineteen years. During this time, she was a founding member of South Bronx Churches, an ecumenical organizing group which trained local leaders, built affordable housing and established a highly-ranked public school.

She is the author of numerous articles and two books, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx and a forthcoming book (due out in October of 2015), Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith which explores her later-in-life discovery of her Jewish roots and the story of her grandfather who died in a Nazi concentration camp. She and her husband Gregorio are the proud parents of two children, Ana and Hans. 

Craig Helmstetter, Senior Research Manager, Wilder Research, Demographer
Craig Helmstetter has worked for Wilder Research since 2001. He leads a team of twelve staff who focus on data-driven projects which provide information about and for people experiencing homelessness (MN’s Homelessness Management Information System, HIMS), children and families in search of out-of-school activities (Sprockets), and the overall quality of life in our state (MN Compass). Prior to joining Wilder Research, he worked for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor, in a survey research center and as an intake counselor at a homeless shelter. 

A native of Minnesota, Craig attended Luther College (BA) and then the University of Oregon (MA, PhD). He speaks locally and nationally, and teaches university-level seminars on both quantitative research and the issues surrounding homelessness. 

In his free time, Craig enjoys being outside with his family, including running and skiing with his dog.

Sue Rothmeyer, Executive for Administration, Office of the Secretary, ELCA, ELCA Churchwide Representative
Sue Rothmeyer hails from Calmar, Iowa, a town of about 1,000 just south of Decorah, and was educated at Luther College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the staff of the Churchwide offices in 1995. Prior to that she was Secretary of the Southeastern Iowa Synod and a Lay Campus Minister at Iowa State University. She is an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA and is joining us to present the Annual Churchwide Report.