Pastors serve in many different settings in our district, from rural to urban churches, from well-established churches to new church plants. We praise God for the faithful Word and Sacrament ministry of each of them.

Become an ordained pastor

God established the Office of the Holy Ministry precisely to distribute Christ’s good gifts of Word and Sacrament. He sends shepherds, whom the Holy Spirit appoints as overseers, to care for His flock. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is fully committed to the spiritual, character, confessional, physical, emotional and intellectual development of our pastors.

There are several routes to becoming an ordained pastor in the LCMS, including traditional, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP), colloquy, alternate route (A.R.), Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT), and Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) / SMP Español / English (SMP—EsE).


Guest Pastors

Contact Debra Connolly for information about pastors available for preaching or serving a vacancy.


Ordained worker resources


Your Minnesota South District office contacts

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Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford
District President
952-223-2165 |

President Woodford teaches and encourages pastors, teachers, and other workers with the Word of God at every opportunity. He has pledged to pledge to love, serve, and cultivate leaders within the District’s congregations.

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Rev. Stefan Wismar
Executive Assistant to the President
952-223-2154 |

Pastor Wismar provides administrative help to Pres. Woodford. In particular, he counsels and guides congregations and church staff in times of transition, conflict, or crisis.

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Debra Connolly
Administrative Assistant for Pres. Woodford and Rev. Schulze
952-223-2158 |

Deb serves as the administrative assistant to both Pres. Woodford and Pastor Wismar. She handles most roster and call paperwork.