“It is a good opportunity to gather with colleagues. Ministry is a lonely business without these kind of events to remind us we’re not in it alone,” observes Anita Nuetzman, pastor at Calmar and Springfield Lutheran Churches. Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, […]

John studied Social Science at the University of Northern Iowa and eventually earned his Master’s in Administration in 1994.  He worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator and school principal. Two years ago when John announced his retirement as school principal, Pastor Starrett encouraged him to consider candidacy and mentioned the TEEM possibility. John […]

Nicole Kiefer will be a sophomore this fall at Luther College.  She is a Northeastern Iowa Synod WIYLDE Alumna and Synod Lutheran Youth Network leader. In this guest post she shares her experience as a volunteer at the ELCA Youth Gathering, held July June 27-July 1 in Houston. This fall I will begin my sophomore […]

The good people of the Northeastern Iowa Synod again assembled for a time of worship, fellowship and business. The theme this year was Renewal through Education, with Philip Melanchthon as our featured reformer. We are nearing the end of our six year focus on renewal through heroes and heroines of the reformation.  This theme has […]

Anita graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. in Biology/Zoology. Raised in the Roman Catholic Church, Anita learned about Martin Luther and found her faith struggles were very similar to his. Drawn to its emphasis on grace, she joined the Lutheran Church. Anita raised three children, was a hospital volunteer, biology teacher, and coach, assistant […]

Tawanda was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. After graduating from high school at an Episcopalian boarding school in Zimbawe, he decided to attend Wartburg College in the United States. While attending Wartburg, became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Waverly. He worked summers as a camp counselor at EWALU and Although Tawanda received a BA […]