There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:4-7

The office of the District president performs the duties laid out by Synod. He is to serve the congregations of his District by providing the mission and vision for the District’s ministry. His work is to be carried out in a brotherly and evangelical manner of visitation with the congregations and rostered workers. This office is also responsible for maintaining accurate records for both congregations and workers who are members of the LCMS.

Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford, President  952-223-2165  Email Pres. Woodford

Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford, President
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I consider it a great honor and privilege to serve the Lord and our MN South District. There are tremendous opportunities for us to go about loving the Lord, loving people, and loving our Lutheran theology here in our District. Read my vision for our District by clicking here.

Rev. Bob Schulze, Executive Asst. to the President  952-223-2154  Email Pastor Schulze

Rev. Bob Schulze, Executive Asst. to the President
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Pastor Schulze assists the president in his administrative responsibilities and provides counsel and guidance to congregations and church staff in times of transition, conflict or crisis. He works closely with new workers in the District, in particular new pastors in their first years of ministry.

President’s blog

Pastoral Letters

May 30, 2019 | A call to togetherness on Ascension Day

“In the hurried lives we live, pausing to take in the awe of Ascension Day is done best together in community. This “togetherness” of the Christian community is important for every worshiping congregation in our age of rampant individualism, but it’s absolutely essential for pastors. It’s crucial that you are in community with brother pastors.”

March 5, 2019 | Temptation & worship during Lent

“To be sure, Satan will do all he can to lead us into temptation. But make no mistake: God tempts no one. Jesus leads us not into temptation but through temptation. He guards and keeps us in every temptation that comes our way. . . . Thus, our prayer is the prayer of Jesus: “Lead us not into temptation.” His lips spoke it. His heart prayed it. His life leads us through it. Jesus leads us to the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

December 19, 2018 | Turning waiting to rejoicing

“Dear brother, your help is in the Name of the Lord. Your worth is not measured in statistics but in His sacred body given into death for you and His most holy blood poured out for you. Your consolation lies not in your achievements but in Him who loves you without reservation. Your hope is not in working harder or longer or smarter but in doing His work among the people and community He entrusted to your care.”

October 3, 2018 | A call to unity & thankfulness

“When we weave thanksgiving into our prayer life and faith life, it has a profound effect upon how we interact with others. This is especially true when it comes to how pastors interact with pastors. Giving thanks for each other and the faith God has given us can turn a hermeneutic of suspicion into a spirit of appreciation. My hope is to lead all of you with a spirit of appreciation that’s rooted in Christ.”

September 3, 2018 | Every pastor’s balancing act

“As a called and ordained servant of the Word, the more you exercise Christ’s authority among the lost and found (in preaching and sacramental administration) for the forgiveness of sins, the more authority you have. In a real sense, the more you give away, the more authority you gain. We pastors have nothing to give to others that we have not received for ourselves. We forgive because we have been forgiven. We love because Christ first loved us.”