Standing On The Rock – The “Brut-I-Full” Life Of A Rostered Leader: Finding Your Voice, Speaking To Your Community, And Surviving The Storms

Fall Theological Conference
September 15, 2024 – September 17, 2024
Pierre, SD

The 2024 Fall Theological Conference will be held September 15-17 in Pierre, SD. The featured speaker will be Rev. Nicole Woodley of the Moses Project, who will speak on the theme “Standing On The Rock – The “Brut-I-Full” Life Of A Rostered Leader: Finding Your Voice, Speaking To Your Community, And Surviving The Storms.”

About Rev. Nicole Woodley

Originally from Newton, Iowa, Nicole graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Biology and received her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Nicole’s ministry experiences include working in Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Minnesota and range from urban to rural and anything in between. Nicole and her husband, Grant, are fourth-generation farmers, pastors, and parents of five.

Nicole’s experiences as a foster and adoptive mother and a two-time cancer survivor have been the most formative training grounds for her faith and pastoral ministry. Nicole is a mentor with the Moses Project, which is a Thriving in Ministry Initiative giving rural pastors a vision of ministry that will help them thrive in congregational leadership and, in turn, enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve.


Rev. Dr. Nicole Woodley
The Moses Project

About the Conference

The 2024 Fall Theological Conference will be held in person at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre, SD.


Each registrant is responsible for making lodging arrangements. Lodging is available at the AmericInn by Wyndham in Ft. Pierre (312 Island Drive, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532), and there is a block of rooms held under “SD Synod.” The cost for a 2-Queen or 1-King Standard Room is $159.99 plus tax. Room reservations must be made by September 4th. Call 605-223-2358.

Another block of rooms is available at the My Place Hotel in Ft. Pierre (209 Hustan Drive, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532) under the name “Crystal McCormick.” The cost for a Single Queen Room is $155.49; a Two Queen Room costs $165.49. Room reservations must be made by August 15th. Call 605-494-2090.

Optional Activities

There are optional activities you can participate in on Monday, September 16 in the afternoon.

  • Group Spiritual Direction/Meditation and Centering Time led by Pastor Emily Munger (free) – please sign up in your registration. There are two sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm and 2:45-3:45pm (max of 12 participants per session).
  • You can find a list of several options for on-your-own activities here.


Sunday, Sept. 15th

6:00 PM Registration – LMC Narthex
7:00 PM Opening Worship – LMC Sanctuary
  • We will also recognize Rostered Ministers/SAMs/Seminarians new to the SD Synod.
8:30 PM Casual Gathering at the AmericInn by Wyndham Fort Pierre

Monday, Sept. 16th:

9:00am Opening Prayer/State of the Synod – Sanctuary

  • Bishop Constanze Hagmaier
  • Pr. Renee Splichal Larson, Associate to the Bishop
  • Pr. Jonathan Vehar, DEM/Associate to the Bishop

9:30am Session I: Rev. Nicole Woodley – Sanctuary
10:30am Coffee Break – Fellowship Hall
11:00am Session II: Rev. Nicole Woodley – Sanctuary
12:00pm Q&A Session with Rev. Nicole Woodley – Sanctuary

Monday, Sept. 16th (continued):

12:30pm Lunch (boxed lunches from Branding Iron Bistro) – Fellowship Hall

1:00pm Free Time

  • Options for on-your-own activities listed here

5:30pm Social Hour at Drifters Bar and Grille, 325 Hustan Ave, Fort Pierre, SD 57532

6:30pm Meal at Drifters

  • State of the Synod (continued)
    • Pr. Joel Pakan, Rural Ministry Liaison
    • Kathy McHenry, Lutheran Planned Generosity

Tuesday, Sept. 17th:

9:00am Session III: Rev. Nicole Woodley – Sanctuary
10:00am Coffee/Rolls – Fellowship Hall
10:30am Sending Worship – Sanctuary


Online Registration

  • In-person and Zoom – $125
  • Interns/Seminarians/Retired – $75

Please select the registration options to the right.

Registration closes Friday, August 30th.