About Us

Welcome to the website of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, one of the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As the ELCA, we are equipped to carry out God’s own mission because of our partnership through congregations, synods, and churchwide ministries. We are interdependently linked to enhance our witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The word synod comes from the Greek syn + hodos and literally means “walking together.”
Together, we are 95,000 baptized Christians in 139 congregations throughout central and southeastern Iowa.

Together, we are called to reflect the light of Christ in the world.

Together, we develop, support and foster connections among leaders across the synod.

Together, we are dedicated to developing and renewing evangelizing congregations.

Together, we attend to the intersections between the church’s mission and the world’s needs.

Together, we help congregations and individual members to make disciples and to be disciples in the name of Jesus.

 

Map of the Southeastern Iowa Synod

Click the pictures below to access a Google map of the location of congregations, campus ministries, Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City,  and the synod ministry in Des Moines).  The different colored markers represent the eleven conferences of congregations.

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Map & Directions to Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City

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From Cedar Rapids/Cedar Falls/Waterloo
Take I-380 south to exit 0A and proceed onto I-80 E toward Iowa City. Proceed 7.2 miles to exit 246 (Hwy 1/Dodge St.) Turn left onto Hwy 1 N approximately 1/2 mile to the second set of stoplights. You’ll see a BP gas station with a Subway restaurant on your left. Turn right onto Northgate Drive. The synod office is the third building on the right.
From Iowa City
Take Hwy 1/Dodge Street north past the I-80 interchange. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile past the I-80 bridge to the second set of stoplights. You’ll see a BP gas station with a Subway restaurant on your left. Turn right onto Northgate Drive. The synod office is the third building on the right.
From Quad Cities area (westbound I-80)
Take I-80 west approximately 50 miles to exit 246 (Hwy 1/Dodge St.) Turn right onto Hwy 1 N approximately 1/2 mile to the second set of stoplights. You’ll see a BP gas station with a Subway restaurant on your left. Turn right onto Northgate Drive. The synod office is the second building on the right.
From Des Moines (eastbound I-80)
Take I-80 east approximately 110 miles to exit 246 (Hwy 1/Dodge St.) Turn left onto Hwy 1 N approximately 1/2 mile to the second set of stoplights. You’ll see a BP gas station with a Subway restaurant on your left. Turn right onto Northgate Drive. The synod office is the third building on the right.
  
Directions to synod ministry in Des Moines at Iowa Lutheran Hospital (Pr. Eric Carlson)

From I-235, take the 6th St/Penn Ave exit (Exit 8B).  Go north on Pennsylvania Avenue. Iowa Lutheran Hospital is located at 700 University Ave.
Clergy parking is available on the western side of the main parking lot.
From the main entrance, proceed down the main hallway toward the elevators.
After passing the Chapel on the left, turn left into another hallway.
Pastor Carlson’s is the last door on the left of the hallway. A sign is outside the door.
If you need directions from the information desk, ask for the Medical Staff Services Office.
Pastor Carlson’s  is directly across from the Medical Staff Services Office.