Proclaiming Christ and prayerfully participating in Jesus' own work of reconciling the world to God's very self!

Welcome to the Mitten Synod!

NWLM Logo copyWe are the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. As one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we work to support the 117 congregations and 220 pastors across our geographic region.

Whether you are exploring the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, or what it means to become part of a faith community–or you are a leader looking for information or help, we seek to partner with and serve you.




Recent News:


Synod Assembly Resolutions

Resolutions need to be submitted to the synod office by March 14, 2016 for review by the Committee on Reference and Counsel and for inclusion in the synod assembly booklet.  Resolutions submitted after this date will not be distributed to voting  members prior to the opening of the Synod Assembly and will be considered if […]

Synod Boundaries Workshop

Register now for the Synod Boundaries Workshop! Topics include: Power and Vulnerability, Relationships, Social Media, and more! Registration is $10 and includes materials and lunch. Workshop will be held April 7, 2016 at the Synod Office in Lansing. Register now 

Synod Hunger Survey

Complete today! The Synod Hunger Team has developed a Hunger Survey in response to the “Local Hunger Ministries” resolution that was passed at Synod Assembly this past May. The resolution directed the Synod Hunger Team to collect statistics, stories, and photos of local hunger work being carried out by the congregations of our synod. Please complete one survey […]

Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday, January 5, for Flint and Genesee County in support of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s request, as a result of the ongoing contaminated drinking water crisis. The damage is widespread and significant. All water for drinking and cooking must be filtered in order to be […]

Synod Office Closure

The Synod Office will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



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Online Giving Opportunity! A Bishop’s Fund has been established to help many ministries of the synod at the discretion of Bishop Craig A. Satterlee. Visit the Donate page for more information.

Synod Office Hold Music

One of our own retired pastors, Bob Garrels, is a wonderful musician and composer, and has provided several of his pieces that you will now hear if you are put on hold when calling the Synod Office. The composition currently being played is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Garrel's worship service The Lord is in our Midst.