Profiles of Pre-Identified Persons

We have officially entered our time of Pre-Assembly Discernment. Thank you to everyone who provided names for pre-identification. The biographical information of the ten pre-identified ELCA ministers of Word and Sacrament who desire to continue in this process are now available. Simply click on the name or image of the minister to access their profile.

It is important to note that these are NOT nominations. Voting members of the synod assembly will be asked to nominate any ELCA minister of Word and Sacrament on the first ballot of the election.

This process will end on Friday, May 4, 2018 – the evening before the assembly. At that time, all content from the Pre-Identification Process and the Pre-Assembly Discernment Process will be removed from this website.


Rev. Timothy Hansen
Rev. Elizabeth (Libby) Howe
Rev. Steve Kottke






Rev. Michael Lee
Rev. Karen Locken
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Rev. Lisa Nelson






Katya Ouchakof
Rev. Katya Ouchakof
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Rev. Michael Short
Rev. Rhia Strohm






Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld