Synod Staff

The La Crosse Area Synod is led by a staff of five called together in Christ to serve, connect and lead.

The synod staff is guided by this mission statement: “Called together in Christ, we serve, connect and lead the

La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”

Bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod

The Rev. Jim Arends 

 

Ordained in 1981 following graduation from

Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Served congregations in Southeastern

Minnesota Synod and the La Crosse Area 

Synod prior to beginning call as Bishop

in October 2008.

 

Married to Lynn, with four adult children and 

grandchildren to enjoy!

 

E-mail Bishop Jim:

bishop@lacrosseareasynod.org

Blog: bishopjimarends.com 

Director for Evangelical Mission & Assistant to the Bishop

The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Howe 

 

Ordained in 2002 following graduation from Trinity

Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio

Served DeSoto/Freeman Lutheran Parish for 6 years

prior to beginning call on synod staff in 2009.

 

 

E-mail Libby: assistant@lacrosseareasynod.org

Office Manager & Executive Admin. Assistant

Melanie Timmerman

 

 

Office Manager / Executive Administrative

Assistant for the Bishop

Editor - Synod Update & Coulee Courier

 

With the synod office since 2003.

 

E-mail Melanie:

office@lacrosseareasynod.org

Office Assistant & Call Process Secretary

Debra Wold

 

 

 

Call Process and Candidacy

Administration, receptionist

 

With the synod office since 1998.

 

E-mail Deb: deb@lacrosseareasynod.org

 

 

 

Bookkeeper

Alice DaFoe

 

 

 

Bookkeeper for Synod and 

Lutheran Campus Ministry

 

With the synod office since 2004.

 

E-mail Alice: bookkeeper@lacrosseareasynod.org

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2301 South Avenue

La Crosse, WI 54601

 

Phone 608-788-5000

 

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Friday

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*Closed 12pm - 1pm 

 

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