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2016 Synod Assembly

June 3-4, 2016
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Watertown

Theme: “Never Be The Same”

Guest Musician: Jonathan Rundman
Churchwide Representative: Rev. Ruben Duran

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Registration is closed.  If you need to register, please call Lois, the registrar, at 605-274-4025. A $25 late fee will be charged.


  • Voting Member ($140)
  • Displayer ($110)
  • Visitor ($65)
  • Intern ($65)
  • On Leave From Call ($65)
  • Displayer/Voting Member ($180)
  • Non-Voting Retired Clergy ($0)
  • Synod Council Voting Member ($0)

Click here for the voting member delegation chart from the Synod Constitution.

About the Guest Musician: Jonathan Rundman

Born and raised in the isolated Finnish-American communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jonathan Rundman has been writing songs and performing across the country since he was 18 years old. He emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating rave reviews in Billboard, The New York Times, Performing Songwriter, Paste, and countless regional publications. Now living in Minneapolis, he continues to tour and record. Jonathan’s songs can be heard on radio stations across America, in Scandinavia and England, and have been featured on television’s Ellen Degeneres Show and
CBS This Morning. He has performed live on
NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, and on Iowa Public Television.

In 2015 Jonathan Rundman released a new album titled LOOK UP. It marks a mature new phase in Jonathan’s critically acclaimed discography. These ten songs explore themes of technology, linear time, and optimism, and draw from Rundman’s diverse musical influences including Americana, Nordic folk music, and ’80s New Wave pop.

Jonathan has also recorded and toured with Kaivama & Arto Järvelä playing Finnish folk music.

About the Churchwide Representative: Rev. Ruben Duran

Rev. Ruben Duran is the director for new congregations in the ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission unit. He is responsible for promoting the development of area strategies, local initiatives and emerging models for the multiplication of new communities of faith in the USA and the Caribbean.

Ruben is a native of Lima, Peru, South America. He was introduced to the Lutheran Church through the work of missionaries. He received a BA in Business Administration from the Escuela Nacional de Turismo, and worked as a Travel Agent prior to coming to the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle.

He served parishes in the Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California areas prior to becoming Associate to the Bishop and Mission Director for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA.

He has also served as Associate Director for Latino Outreach in the former Division for Congregational Ministries, ELCA and Executive for Congregational Outreach Services in the former Division for Outreach, ELCA prior to his current position.

Bishop Ruben Ngozo, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon

Bishop Ruben Ngozo was born in 1968, to Paul Koulagna and Marie Gbané in Béka-Meiganga. He is the youngest in a family of more than ten children. He Have PhD in the field of the New Testament. He was eleted as the Presiding Bishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon in 2013. He is married to Félicité MILE and they have ten children.

Preliminary Report and Assembly Materials

The 2016 South Dakota Synod Assembly Preliminary Report and Assembly Materials are now available online on the synod website and Synod Assembly Guidebook App.

Synod Assembly Guidebook App

All assembly information will be included and updated in a free app that works on iPads, Android Tablets, and in a web browser on your laptop.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Kevin Stillson at

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Blackberry Playbook, Kindle Fire, Android Users
Download the free ELCA Guidebook app called “ELCA Organizations & Events” from the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store. The Synod Assembly guide will be listed under the “Download Guides” section of the application. The name of our guide is: “2016 South Dakota Synod Assembly”.

Windows Phone, Blackberry and Laptop Users
You can access the same information using your web browser.  Click here to access the guide.

Preliminary Report

(You may download the full PDF document below, or download and print sections individually.)

FULL DOWNLOAD: 2016 Preliminary Report

General Information 



Approved Minutes

Separate Documents


2017 Compensation Guidelines (Final Version)

2016 Ballot

2015 Audit Report

Registered voting members will receive an e-mail reminder that the above materials are available prior to the Assembly.

REMINDER: Voting members are responsible for printing these materials and bringing them to the Assembly. Wifi will be available in the Sanctuary at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer during the Synod Assembly if you would prefer to read your reports via the app on your tablet or computer. Only a limited number of copies will be made available.


You are responsible for your own housing. Options in the Watertown area:

Hampton Inn and Suites
Contact: Lynn 878-1800
Release Date: May 3, 2016
To book online follow these simple steps:
1. Click on
2. Type in your date of arrival and departure
3. Click on add special rate codes (lower left hand pane)
4 Type in LSC for your group code
5. Select room type
6. Make reservation

Ramkota Hotel (Best Western)
Contact: Deb Stanley 886-8011
# of Rooms Set Aside: 40
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Cost: $94.99 + tax (Standard Room)

Country Inn & Suites
Contact: Gerry 886-8900
# of Rooms Set Aside: 40
Release Date: 2 weeks prior to the event
Cost: $89.99 + tax (Standard Room)
$109.99 + tax (Suite)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Contact: Verna Olson 882-3636

Super 8 Hotel
Contact: Leslie 882-1900
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Cost: $74.00 + tax

Econo Lodge Hotel
Contact: Jen 882-2243
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Cost: $69/Single and $79/Double + tax

Assembly Offerings

The year’s Synod Assembly offerings will be split between St. Dysmas of South Dakota and Table of Grace, Harrisburg.

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