Candidacy is the name of a process that raises up, prepares and certifies public leaders in and for the ELCA.

In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, rostered ministers include pastors and deacons.

People desiring to be a rostered minister (pastor, deacon) in the ELCA must enroll in the candidacy process. To learn about the candidacy process, explore the ELCA website at www.elca.org/candidacy.

If you are interested in candidacy through the Southeastern Iowa Synod, contact Pastor Paul Ostrem at [email protected] or call 319-338-1273.

Candidacy Committee

Lynn Batcher, AIM – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

Julie Feirer – St Paul Lutheran Church, Winterset

Mark Goehring – First Lutheran Church, Fairfield

Pastor Julie Higgs – Grace Lutheran Church, Adel         

Pastor Randy Kasch, chair – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids

Pastor Carrie Lewis-LaPlante – Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge

Pastor Dan Solomon – Augustana Lutheran Church, Boone

Dennis Rodenberg – Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church, Lisbon

John Williams – St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids

Judie Stadtlander – Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

Pastor Sam Giere – Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque

Bishop Michael Burk – Southeastern Iowa Synod

Pastor Ramie Bakken – Region 5 Coordinator, ELCA

Pastor Paul Ostrem – Southeastern Iowa Synod