Synod Staff

  • Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson


    Previously the Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) and Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, Rev. Laurie began her new call as bishop on July 1, 2018.  She graduated from Luther Seminary with a MDiv in 1986 and again in 2010 with a DMin in Congregational Missional Leadership. She served congregations in SWMN and NWMN Synods before being called to the NWSWI staff. Her husband Randy is a pastor at Christ Lutheran in Menomonie and they have three adult children. In her free time, Laurie enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, canoeing and biking.


  • Rev. Greg Kaufmann

    Assistant to the Bishop

    Rev. Greg Kaufmann has served on synod staff since 2000. His primary synodical work includes serving as the director of the Synod Resource Center and the Lay School of Ministry, as well as working with congregations in the call process, the Youth Workers Network, the interim pastor’s network and the Synod Women’s Organization. Additionally, Rev. Kaufmann serves as the director of the ELCA’s Select Learning ministry and is on the leadership teams for the ELCA’s Book of Faith Initiative and the Life of Faith movement. If you can’t find him, chances are good that he is either playing with his three grandchildren, raising daylilies,creating something out of Legos, or camping with his wife Diane.


  • Liz Bartsch

    Assistant to the Bishop for Administration

    Liz manages the day-to-day operations of the office and handles Bishop Laurie’s calendar. She supports the mobility process as the Call Process Administrator, assists with candidacy, and guides the planning of Synod Assembly and the annual Walking Together event. Liz’s other responsibilities include maintaining the roster, administration for the Synod Council, and guiding congregations through the process of updating their constitutions. When Liz isn’t at work you can find her at home digging in the garden, cuddling the chickens, or managing daily activities on the hobby farm she shares with her husband, Randy and three children.

    715-859-6810 office

    715-914-9253 cell

  • Deacon  Laura Ramlow

    Synod Communicator

    Laura has served on synod staff since the fall of 2015.  Her call includes updating social media, weekly newsletters and advertising, maintaining the website, and creating & managing powerpoint presentations for events.   Her alma maters include Luther College (2000, Go Norse!!) and Luther Seminary (2011).  She also serves as the Campus Minister for Journey House at the UW-River Falls.  She and her husband, Nik, live in Baldwin with their four children.  When not at work, Laura enjoys geeking out with a good book or sci-fi movie, listening to music (preferably live), breathing in the fresh air at the lake, or spending time around the fire with friends and family.  


  • Carole De jardin

    Synod Youth Board Coordinator