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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:


Scholarships available for Rostered Ministers Gathering!

Understanding the financial realities of ministry and of an event of this nature, the ELCA has limited funds available for scholarships to help in off-setting the cost incurred by attending this event. This is intended especially for those individuals who are in financial need and whose congregations or ministry settings otherwise would not be able […]

Portico Webinars

Portico has a three part pre-retirement webinar series on February 9, 16, and 23. You can find more information and the link to register here on the “Webinars” tab. On February 21st, they will also be hosting a webinar called, “Retirement Planning Made Simple” which is designed for members and employers to learn more about Portico’s new, simpler approach […]

Register Now: Lutherans Always Reforming: A Day of Social Change Conversation

The Publicly Engaged Church Committee of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod will be hosting a day-long educational event on Saturday, June 17, at University Lutheran Church in East Lansing.  This event, billed as Lutherans Always Reforming: A Day of Social Change Conversation, will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude with Closing Worship at 3:00 PM.  […]

Register Now: Intentional Interim Training

TheNortheastern Ohio Synod is hosting an Intentional Interim Training for rostered leaders. The training is provided by the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) and is hosted by the Northeastern Ohio Synod at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Stow, Ohio (Akron). The training will be held in three phases: Phase I: May 8-12, 2017 […]

Synod Office Closed Monday, January 16

The Synod Office will be closed on Monday, January 16 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.