Our Synod

The Saint Paul Area Synod is one of 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The role of the synod is to “unite the work of congregations within their areas, serve as regional support, and guide pastoral and other staff candidates” (ELCA).

Led by Bishop Patricia Lull, our synod is made up of 107 congregations and new mission starts. In our work, the Saint Paul Area Synod works to build mutually transformative partnerships, embolden public witness for justice, and renew ourselves in the possibilities of being church in a new day.

Statement of Purpose

The Saint Paul Area Synod is made up of congregations, mission starts and institutions committed to growing in faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Living out of our identity as Lutherans, we recognize we are grasped by grace and are free to devote our energy to being church in a way that is rooted in tradition and open to experimentation.

The Statement of Purpose is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Chinese.



The Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority in the synod and meets annually to conduct business. Between these assembly meetings, the synod council serves as the board of directors and the interim legislative authority.



Our constitution exists to ensure that our common life and work follow the principles of good governance. The constitution lays out the history, purpose, and governance of this synod, including rules about the assembly, amendments, bylaws, and continuing resolutions, as well as the purpose and rules of synodical governing bodies.


Synod Office Staff

Wondering who to contact for help with a sabbatical, an interim, or promotion for an upcoming event? Visit the staff page for a complete listing and contact information!


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