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Companion Synods

The ELCA Companion Synod Program forges relationships between the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and companion churches around the world, fellow members of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

The South Dakota Synod, ELCA, is in companionship with two churches:

Download: Companion Synod Christmas Wishlist (pdf)

Clarification:  We have been notified that the hard copy of the bulletin insert mailed in December to congregations contains a mistake. The insert is correct as posted above, so when sharing the information in your congregation please use this version. The Women’s project in Cameroon we are sponsoring is a SEWING Project, not a SOWING Project. Amazing how a single letter can change the whole nature of this project. Thanks for your understanding.  


Sponsor an SD Synod Missionary!  

We have missionaries in both Nicaragua and Cameroon and you are invited to support their continued ministry.  For more information about missionary sponsorship, download the Hand in Hand Sponsors Guide and fill out the Missionary Sponsorship Covenant (fillable or printable).

Thanks for joining the many congregations, Women of the ELCA units, organizations and individuals who make a world of difference.


Our mission is to develop strong relationships between the SD Synod and the church body in Cameroon and in Nicaragua. Members of this committee are volunteers with a passion to walk with our brothers and sisters in Cameroon and Nicaragua to bring the Gospel to all and to alleviate injustice. Micah 6:8 “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God”.

If you need more information on our companion synod relationships or if you would like a speaker in your congregation, please contact Pr. Charles Bunk as he can arrange a speaker from our committee.

Pr. Charles Bunk, Companion Synod Coordinator
companion-synod@sdsynod.org
605-947-2040 (office)
605-467-9973 (cell – please don’t text)

Chuck Storm, President
crstorm@santel.net

Dick Kappedal, Treasurer
roughrider@sio.midco.net

Teresa Nygaard, Secretary
tnygaard49@gmail.com

Barb & Charlie Bunk
bcbunk@venturecomm.net

Bonita Albrecht
bonitaalbrecht@hotmail.com

Robert Peterson
rpeterson@gmail.com

Herman & Jeanette Fink
bifangus@midstatesd.net

John & Cathy Larson
jclrsn@aol.com

Ken & Renae Madison
clearlakes630@gmail.com

Lon Kightlinger
lon.kighlinger@state.sd.us

Paul Amundson
epagolf@sio.midco.net

Ron Nygaard
tnygaard49@gmail.com

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