Companion Congregations

Shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand, this is how Bega Kwa Bega has grown. Its strength lies in the grassroots network of relationships that links congregations and communities of faith across continents. These relationships, not head office to head office or individual to individual, are at the heart of how this program has been structured.


Cluster leaders serve as the primary point of contact and support for 10-12 SPAS congregations. Cluster leaders are volunteers based in the United States who assist congregations here to develop deeper connections with their companions in Iringa. To contact your cluster leader, visit our contact page.


As the Iringa Diocese continues to grow and add new parishes, there is always an opportunity (and a need) to identify new companions from the Saint Paul Area Synod. Currently there are 40+ congregations in Iringa looking for connections. If you or your congregation are interested in learning more, email to start the conversation!


Companion Congregation List

SPAS Parish DIRA Parish BKB Cluster
Beaver Lake, Maplewood/Holy Cross, Oakdale Ikengeza East Central
Bethel, Hudson, WI Cathedral East Central
Bethel, Hudson, WI Wilolesi East Central
Bethlehem, Bayport Image East Central
Christ the King, White Bear Lake Masisiwe East Central
Christ, Lake Elmo Lulanzi East Central
Christ, Marine on St. Croix Ugesa East Central
Gethsemane, Maplewood Pommern East Central
Grace of God, Woodbury Kitasengwa East Central
House of Prayer, Oakdale Ifunda East Central
Our Savior's, Stillwater Mlafu East Central
St. Mark's, North Saint Paul Kihesa East Central
St. Paul, Stillwater Mgama East Central
St. Stephen's, White Bear Lake Lukani East Central
Trinity, Stillwater Mwatasi East Central
Elim, Scandia Kivalamo North
Faith, Forest Lake Kidabaga North
First, Rush City Kitowo North
Fish Lake, Harris Wasa North
Immanuel, Almelund Itonya North
St. Paul, Wyoming Migoli North
St. Paul, Wyoming Mtera North
Trinity, North Branch Pawaga North
Chisago Lake, Center City Ilula North
Abiding Savior, Moundsview Makungu North Central
Christ the King, New Brighton Nduli North Central
Galilee, St. Paul Uhominyi North Central
Incarnation, Shoreview Kigamboni North Central
Incarnation, Shoreview Mkwawa North Central
Prince of Peace, Roseville Bomalang'ombe North Central
Roseville Lutheran, Roseville Ng'ang'ange North Central
Shepherd of the Hills, Shoreview Kidamali North Central
St. Mark's, Circle Pines Wimbe North Central
Christ the Lord, Carefree, AZ Ndengisvili Other
Holy Trinity, New Prague, MN Ruaha Mbuyuni Other
Holy Trinity, Newington, NH Isimani Other
Lake Park Lutheran, Lake Park Kipanga Other
Lord of Life, Maple Grove Ifuwa Other
Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, SD Mtwivila Other
Christiania, Lakeville Ihemi South
Christus Victor, Apple Valley Mlowa South
Easter, Eagan Nyanzwa South
Family of Christ, Lakeville Usokami South
Farmington Lutheran, Farmington Idete South
Mt. Calvary, Eagan Ipalamwa South
Our Savior's, Hastings Ilambilole South
Prince of Peace, Burnsville Ilambo South
Shepherd of the Valley, Apple Valley Makifu South
Shepherd of the Valley, Apple Valley Tungamalenga South
Shepherd of the Valley, Apple Valley Usolonga (Temp) South
St. James, Burnsville Idunda South
St. John's, Lakeville Muhanga South
Arlington Hills, St. Paul Idegenda South Central
Christ on Capitol Hill, St. Paul Masimike South Central
Como Park, St. Paul Itungi South Central
Gustavus Adolphus, St. Paul Kiponzelo South Central
Immanuel, St. Paul Mkimbizi South Central
Pilgrim, St. Paul Luganga South Central
Richfield Lutheran, Richfield Mbigili South Central
St. Timothy, St. Paul Irindi South Central
Our Redeemer, St. Paul Kidewa South Central
All Saints, Cottage Grove Kipaduka Southeast
Amazing Grace, Inver Grove Heights Magulilwa Southeast
Augustana, West St. Paul Ipogoro Southeast
Augustana, West St. Paul Nyamhanga Southeast
King of Kings, Woodbury Kilolo Southeast
Luther Memorial, South St. Paul Mlandege Southeast
Lutheran Church of Peace, Maplewood Kising'a Southeast
Newport Lutheran, Newport Kimala Southeast
Salem, West St. Paul Magome Southeast
St. Stephen's, West St. Paul Ihimbo Southeast
St. Stephen's, West St. Paul Iwonde Southeast
Zion, Cottage Grove Kitapilimwa Southeast


Cluster Leaders

East Central Cluster

Jim Wolf | | 651-459-8148


North Cluster

Brenda Taylor |


North Central Cluster

Caryn & Jim Josephson |


South Cluster

Kristen Holien |


South Central Cluster

Marty Ericson | | 651-646-7127


Southeast Cluster

Chris & Linda Becker | | 651-552-8224


Other Congregations

Russ Hilliard |
Jo Whiting |