Our Synod

Synod Women's Organization


Our Synod organization includes Lutheran women who gather in nearly 200 communities of Northwest Wisconsin for service, study, advocacy, fellowship, and more. WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you in Women of the ELCA, both locally and nationally!

2024 WELCA Conference Days of Renewal:



St. Croix

Apple River, Heart of the North, Chequamegon

  • synod resource center


    Phone: 715 - 661 - 0819

    Looking for a book, video, bible study or worship resources? Our Synod Resource Center can help! You can visit the center at 202 W Grand Avenue, Eau Claire and browse through the many resources housed there or you can access files electronically using the link above. Either way, you will find a wealth of information to meet your needs.

Synod COuncil

Approved Synod Council Minutes

March 2022

Synod Assembly Minutes April 2022

Synod Council is our board of directors and our legislative authority in between synod assemblies. Minutes from Synod Council meetings are available on request from the synod office. The council meets three or four times a year and is made up of the following:


Rev. Laurie Skow Anderson, Bishop (2024)

Al Arndt, Vice President (2027)

Rev. Julie Brenden, Secretary ( 2025)

Rev. Peter Muschinske, Treasurer (2025)


Apple River Conference

Matt Keenan (2025)

Rev. Margaret Grant (2024)

Karalyn Littlefield (2026)

Chequamegon Conference

Lyle Roe (2024)

Carol Leikes (2025)

Rev. Amy Heinz (2026)

Chippewa Valley Conference

Arvin Solsaa (2024) 

Rev. Karen Behling (2026)

Julie Carr (2025)

Dairyland Conference

Matt Hatleli (2026)

Rev. JonPaul Dragseth (2025)

Linda Talford (2024)

Heart of the North Conference

Ted Hakala (2025)

Janelle Thompson (2026)

Rev. Joel Bacon (2024)

Lake Superior Conference

Mary Meierotto (2024)

Rev. Rachel Sieja (2025)

Matt Dietsch (2026)

St. Croix Valley Conference

Marcia Lindseth (2024)

Jacob Summerville (2026)

Rev. Annie Ladnier (2025)



Lidixe Montoya (2024)


Women of the ELCA


Synod Hunger and Justice Advocate

Bishop’s Staff

Rev. Sara Bishop

Rev. Greg Kaufmann

Rev. Diane House

Rev. Randy Olson

Laura Ramlow, Deacon

Elizabeth Bartsch