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

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

Deacon Lynn Batcher – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport

Phyllis Chang

Julie Feirer – St Paul Lutheran Church, Winterset

Pastor Sam Giere – Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque

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

Danny Stone –Faith Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids

Kirby Winn

Bishop Michael Burk – Southeastern Iowa Synod

Pastor Ramie Bakken – Candidacy and Leadership Manager – Region 5 ELCA

Pastor Paul Ostrem – Southeastern Iowa Synod