For Our Members

Collaboration, yes. Competition, no.

FOR OUR MEMBERS

With a membership of 300 health and human services organizations, Lutheran Services in America is one of the largest nonprofit networks in the country. We collectively impact six million lives each year, touching one in 50 people in America.

MEMBER BENEFITS

At Lutheran Services in America, we are committed to advocating for you, supporting you in achieving your mission, raising the visibility of your work and tapping into the knowledge and resources of 300 members together with national partners in healthcare, philanthropy, academia and business to strengthen your organization and transform lives.

Tap into the power of our network

 Together we are:

  • Amplifying the collective power of our $23 billion faith-based voice on Capitol Hill to advance policies that strengthen the nonprofit sector and improve the health and well-being of the millions of people our network cares for each year.
  • Forging national partnerships with philanthropy, academia, healthcare and others, giving us the opportunity to directly invest in communities, share learnings and innovations and drive adoption.
Learn more: Our Partners
  • Achieving exponential impact through collaboration with network members and our national partners, designed to advance solutions and drive systemic change so that all people can lead their best lives.
  • Raising the visibility of your work through various activities, such as our Frontline Heroes series that elevates your local presence on a national platform and our Leadership Awards that highlight the significant contributions and exceptional work prevalent throughout the network.
  • Strengthening social sector leaders by creating opportunities for leaders to come together in person and virtually to hear from thought leaders, address priority issues and reimagine the future.

OUR NETWORK

300 health and human
services organizations in
1,400 communities

EXPLORE

“Lutheran Services in America is the only place where we can share, collaborate and innovate together because we are peers, not competitors.”

Ted Goins
President & CEO
Lutheran Services Carolinas
(Member Organization)

PREFERRED BUSINESSES

As members of our network,
get access to special services
and discounts.

Events

CEO SUMMIT

A unique, trusted learning environment where our network’s leaders examine success factors and exchange experiences with peers who share a core set of values and a mission to empower people and communities across our nation.

STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES

An interactive, virtual gathering of the best minds in our space, laser-focused on examining and tackling the uncertainties in today’s climate—all with the goal of helping move your organization forward.

MEMBER NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Knowledge is a Key to Freedom

Sheyla made excellent grades but felt cut off from the world during the COVID lockdown. She got a boost from the Upward Bound program run by our member Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. Now, Sheyla is off to Yale in the fall!

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Adam Libby: A Bold Chef Who’s Become a Social Media Phenomenon

With support from his sisters and his community living coordinator at Living Innovations, a service of our member Mosaic, Chef Adam Libby has become the face of confidence for people with disabilities.

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Ukrainian Sanford Health Nurse Reunites with her Family

Olha Finnelly is a nurse at a local Sanford Health clinic whose family lives in Ukraine. Olha’s colleagues raised $3,000 to fund travel expenses for her family to make it out of Ukraine and reunite with her in the United States.

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Shelley Kendrick Recognized in 2022 Women in Business List

Shelley Kendrick, the president and CEO of our member Ecumen, was named by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in its 2022 Women in Business list. The list, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recognizes more than 50 female business leaders in the Twin Cities area for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.

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2022 Leadership Awards

Marian Baldini, president and CEO of our member organization KenCrest, is a true-servant leader who has inspired nearly 2,000 team members to empower the disability community. We recognized Marian with our inaugural Paragon Award – The Ken Daly Award for Excellence in Mentorship, for embodying the spirit of one our network’s most tireless ambassadors and generously lifting up the next group of leaders in our national network!

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Member Recognition ​

Lutheran Services in America honors members for their exceptional work and leadership and for exemplifying our core values.

LEADERSHIP

AwardS

Results Innovation Lab

AwardS

Frontline

HEROES

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BECOMING A MEMBER ORGANIZATION

All social ministry organizations affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and/or recognized by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) are members of Lutheran Services in America.
  • To become affiliated with the ELCA, contact Naomi Sonne, Social Ministry Organization Engagement Manager.
  • To be recognized by the LCMS, contact Dorothy Krans, Director of Recognized Service Organizations.

If you are not affiliated with the ELCA or recognized by the LCMS, you can still become a Lutheran Services in America Associate Member. Contact Alesia Frerichs, VP of Member Engagement, to learn more.

Find members in your geographic area or across the country to make connections.

MEMBER CEO TRANSITIONS

Each month, we share new CEO and organizational changes that take place across our nationwide network. If you know about a transition in the network, contact Alesia Frerichs, VP of Member Engagement.

INCOMING CEOS

May 2022

Maurice Ware

Oesterlen Services for Youth

Springfield, OH

May 2022

Katelyn Strand

Glenwood Retirement Village

Glenwood, MN

March 2022

Shelly Sontag

Bethany Home

Waupaca, WI

March 2022

Teri Juenger

Kenyon Sunset Home

Kenyon, MN

March 2022

Jeffrey Petersen

Prairieview Lutheran Homes

Danforth, IL

March 2022

Janet Woodruff

Lutheran Retirement Home

Northwood, IA

March 2022

March 2022

AbleLight

Milwaukee, WI

February 2022

Dennis Goebel

Southwest Health Services

Bowman, ND

February 2022

Dan Hansen

Lakeside Lutheran Home

Emmitsburg, IA

February 2022

Samuel Onyebuchi

St. John's Lutheran Community

Albert Lea, MN

January 2022

Janet Degenford

Strawberry Point Lutheran Home

Strawberry Point, IA

January 2022

Richard Fish

The Village at Luther Square (LIFE-NWPA)

Erie, PA

January 2022

Nathan Schema

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Sioux Falls, SD

INCOMING CEOS

February 2022

Samuel Onyebuchi
St. John’s Lutheran Community Albert Lea, MN

JANUary 2022

Janet Degenford
Point Lutheran Home Strawberry Point, IA

Richard Fish
The Village at Luther Square (LIFE-NWPA) Erie, PA

Nathan Schema
The Evangelical Lutheran  Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls, SD

DECEMBER 2021

Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Siouz Falls, SD

DECEMBER 2021

Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Siouz Falls, SD

NOVEMBER 2021

Reggie Mullis
The Hearthstone Seattle, WA

Adam Marles
Lutheran Senior Services St. Louis, MO

OUTGOING CEOS

February 2022

Samuel Onyebuchi
St. John’s Lutheran Community Albert Lea, MN

JANUary 2022

Janet Degenford
Point Lutheran Home Strawberry Point, IA

Richard Fish
The Village at Luther Square (LIFE-NWPA) Erie, PA

Nathan Schema
The Evangelical Lutheran  Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls, SD

DECEMBER 2021

Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Siouz Falls, SD

DECEMBER 2021

Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Siouz Falls, SD

NOVEMBER 2021

Reggie Mullis
The Hearthstone Seattle, WA

Adam Marles
Lutheran Senior Services St. Louis, MO

OUTGOING CEOS

May 2022

Donald Warner

Oesterlen Services for Youth

Springfield, OH

May 2022

Mary Krueger

Glenwood Retirement Village

Glenwood, MN

March 2022

Thomas McCann

Prairieview Lutheran Homes

Danforth, IL

February 2022

Jerry Weisner

Southwest Health Services

Bowman, ND

February 2022

Jamie Dodd

Lakeside Lutheran Home

Emmitsburg, IA

January 2022

Scot Spates

St. John's Lutheran Community

Albert Lea, MN

January 2022

Cheri Leachman

Strawberry Point Lutheran Home

Strawberry Point, IA