Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Region 1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Region 1

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“Region” De­fined!
The ELCA has nine regions which compose a partnership between groups  of synods and the churchwide organization for the purpose of exercising mutual responsibilities.  
ELCA regions provide a forum where synods and the churchwide organization can study, plan, and share together to develop common programs. These programs are unique to each region. 
Funding is shared by the participating synods and the churchwide organization according to mutually agreed upon allocation of funds.

Lead...
“Workers with us in the kingdom of God” is a phrase that takes on a deeper meaning in the context of rostered leadership in the ELCA. The six synods of Region 1 work to help individuals discern their call to the  ministry of Word and Sacrament or Service. If you are interested in attending seminary, becoming ordained, being a rostered lay leader, or want to know more about discerning your call, reach out to your synod office or visit us on the web at www.elcaregion1.org

Reach out...
We engage leaders in the formation of evangelizing congregations that make disciples for Jesus Christ who use their gifts for God’s reign in the church and in the world by fostering a culture of discipleship, equipping leaders that multiply themselves, and building capacity to start new and renew congregations that are missional.

Include...
The richness of our ethnic, cultural, and generational backgrounds creates beautiful diversity in the fabric of our congregations. Learning to invite and include all of these experiences in our ministry and daily interactions allows us to celebrate the fullness of God’s creation.

Steward...
We are stewards of God’s abundance. A healthy life style that honors our vocation, community, and family serves the will of God. Regular and generous financial giving for church ministries and community charities is a vital response to what God has given you. Therefore the stewardship teams of Region 1 work hand-in-hand with congregations to develop patterns of giving that help God’s love flourish in our communities as together we are empowered by God’s amazing grace.

Who we are...


AEmbodied in the ministries of this region are the wide variety of cultures, geographic settings and rich traditions. The six synods of Region 1 have a history of cooperative ministry, Inter-Lutheran cooperation and ecumenical vision.
The territory of Region 1 is a mission field. Diverse settings for ministry include:
- Rural and small town congregations
- Transformational and emergent congregations
- Mission Developments
- Multiple congregation parishes
Ministries shared by the synods include:
Lutheran Community Services - Northwest
Consultation to Clergy
(with the Lutheran Churc
h-Missouri Synod)
First Call Theological Education
Shared Mobility Consultations
Lutheran Counseling Network
The Region 1 Financial Services Office provides accounting and bookkeeping services for the six synods and synod ministries. Continuing Education Accounts are maintained for congregational employees by request.
Alyce Bakker - Accountant
Alyce.bakker@elcaregion1.org
Judy Webb - Bookkeeper
Judy.webb@elcaregion1.org
www.soulcafe.org is an online community of Region 1
Edwin Rourk is our community organizer
Edwin.rourk@elcaregion1.org
Serving the congregations and synods of Region 1 are the following deployed staff:
Coordinator for Missional Leadership
Pr. Mark Nelson
mark.nelson@elca.org
nelsonRevmark@msn.com
P.O. Box 8715, Spokane, WA 99203-0715
509-990-0478 l 800-755-5831 x109
Directors for Evangelical Mission
Alaska Synod: Pr. Lisa A. Smith Fiegel alaskadem@gmail.com
NW WA Synod: Pr. Jerry Buss Jerry.buss@elca.org
SW WA Synod: Pr. Melanie Wallschlaeger Melanie.Wallschlaeger@elca.org
EWA ID Synod: Pr. Helga Jansons Helga.Jansons@elca.org
Oregon Synod: (Outreach) Pr. Michael Keys Michael.keys@elca.org
Oregon Synod: (Mission Support) Pr. Glenn Chase Glenn.chase@elca.org
Montana Synod: Pr. David Peters David.peters@elca.org
Embodied in the ministries of this region are the wide variety of cultures, geographic settings and rich traditions.  The six synods of Region 1 have a history of cooperative ministry, Inter-Lutheran cooperation and ecumenical vision.



The territory of Region 1 is a mission field.  Diverse settings for ministry include:
- Rural and small town congregations
- Transformational and emergent congregations
- Misson Developments
- Multiple congregation parishes
- Ministries shared by the synods include:
Lutheran Community Services - Northwest
Consultation to Clergy (with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
First Call Theological Education
Shared Mobility Consultations
Lutheran Counseling Network
The Region 1 Financial Services Office provides accounting and bookkeeping services for the six synods and synod ministries.  Continuing Education Accounts are maintained for congregational employees by request,

Alyce Bakker - Accountant

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