Division of Mission and Congregational Outreach (MaCO)
The Division of Mission and Congregational Outreach shall initiate and administer for the Board of Directors all programs and endeavors of the God-given mission which the congregations shall assign to the District to conduct in their behalf and which will assist congregations in developing outreach ministries.
Specifically, MaCO shall:
1. Administer the District’s home mission activities.
2. Administer special missions and ministries.
3. Administer the campus ministry of the District.
4. Administer the District Student Aid Fund.
5. Encourage and assist congregations in mission and outreach.
The members of MaCO include the following:
Rev. Tom Brinkley, Esko
Rev. John Beck, Rush City
Rev. Eric VanScharrel, Alexandria
Rev. Noah Wehrspann, Long Prairie
Rev. Aaron Zuch, Thief River Falls
Mr. Peter Keyes, DCO, Hibbing
Mr. Craig Cooper, DCO, Sauk Rapids
Rev. Tim Renstrom, Appleton
New churches and ministries:
2001 - Spicer, Living Word
2003 - Avon, Sonrise
- Sauk Rapids, Good Shepherd Community
2004 - Two Harbors, Shepherd of the Lake
2005 - Monticello (in partnership with MN South), Alive!
2012 - Otsego (in partnership with MN South), Samaritan’s Hill
2012 - Anyuak Ministry, Trinity, Sauk Rapids
Pastor Mark Peske serves in Cass Lake and focuses on the Leech Lake Reservation with emphasis on home Bible study groups, discipleship, and Christian counseling. Currently we are in partnership with the Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM) and Trinity Lutheran Church, Bemidji, to continue this ministry.
DCO Sheila Peterson serves the Fond du Lac Reservation and Our Redeemer in Cloquet. Emphasis is on Bible study, jail ministry, family life, Sunday school and VBS.