Welcome to the Minnesota North District - Brainerd / Baxter, MN

Our Mission:    The mission of the Minnesota North District of  the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is to further the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and to  assist congregations as Great Commission  churches.

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Campus Ministries in Minnesota North

I remember my senior year in high school.  I was ready to move on and declare my independence.  I was determined to finish high school as early as I could.  My parents told me that they didn’t have money to send me to college, so I looked for alternate routes to get my college education.  In the summer before my senior year, I joined the Navy in a delayed enlistment program that guaranteed me my choice of duty after boot camp.  I graduated from high school in January and reported for boot camp on February 5.  My parents brought me to the airport, I got on the first plane I had ever traveled on, and I left for San Diego.  

Now joining the Navy is hardly a move toward independence.  I traded parental authority for a chain of command that was intent on making me conform to their ways.  But it was all a means to an end in my mind, I was going to go to college.  In boot camp, I was faced with taking responsibility for my own spiritual care.  The first Sunday, our company commander marched us all down to a field where people were holding up signs.  Some of the things listed on the signs, I was familiar with.  There was a Catholic sign, a Baptist sign and a few other church signs, but I didn’t see a Lutheran sign.  I knew I was Lutheran, I was not declaring independence from church or from God, I was looking for some constant in my life as I was beginning to explore life on my own.  There was one sign that looked like it might fit the bill – the sign simply had the letters LDS.  In my mind, I interpreted those letters to mean

Lutheran Denominational Service.  So I lined up behind that sign, just to be introduced to the Latter Day Saints.

So what does joining the Navy have to do with campus ministries?  It has to do with transitioning from High School to a life less controlled by parents.  As a young adult, I still wanted that constancy of faith.  My family attended church weekly and as independent as I wanted to be, I still wanted that Divine authority and I needed that spiritual mentor of a chaplain or a pastor to proclaim that Word of God to me.  But I was naïve and wasn’t aware of all the false choices in our world.  I had been sheltered from the false teachings of corrupt doctrines.  Our young people still need guidance and direction.  As our kids go off to join the Navy or attend college or technical school, we need to help them make connections with spiritual leaders.  LCMS U brings guidance to that end.  Connect your college bound students with a campus ministry, even if they are going to be going home every weekend to attend their home church.  Campus ministries provide spiritual assistance throughout the week by holding Bible Classes, seminars, and other events to connect your kids to other Christians on campus and to help them through the faith shaking doctrines they will be introduced to on campuses.  Their Christianity will be challenged.  They need that support.  

Go to www.lcms.org/lcmsu/campuslink and fill out the form.  This information will be shared with the campus ministry associated with the campus your child will attend.  Check out the interactive map at  http://www.lcms.org/lcmsu/map.  

If you have young people, going out of state, check out LCMS U websites to connect them.  In Minnesota North, we have a presence on several campuses.  Check out the list below and use the contact information.  It is important, when you give us names of young people on one of the campuses, that you include contact information like a cell phone or an e-mail address.  Our campus workers do not have the freedom to go into dorms to make contact.  So please, make sure you provide good contact information.  If at all possible, have the parents check out

the campus ministry with their kids and introduce them to our campus workers when they visit the campus.  

Mrs. Barb Hertling, DCE


St. Cloud State University  

Lutheran Student Fellowship  

201 4th St.    

St. Cloud, MN 56301

(320) 259-1577

Rev. Robert Franck


University of Minnesota Duluth & St. Scholastica

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church  

2010 East Superior St.   

Duluth, MN   55812  

(218) 724-2500

Rev. Dr. Carlton Andersen


University of Minnesota Morris

Zion Lutheran Church   

315 South Columbia Ave.  

Morris, MN  56267

(320) 589-2744

Mr. Mark Noennig, DCE


Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Concordia Moorhead   

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church  1000 14th St. S.    

Moorhead, MN  56560

(218) 233-7569

Rev. David Schoessow


University of Wisconsin – Superior

Christ Lutheran Church   

320 North 28th Street E.   

Superior, WI 54880   

(715) 398-3680

Rev. Lewis Polzin


Bemidji State University  

Trinity Lutheran Church  

123 29th Street NE   Bemidji, MN  56601   

(218) 444-4441

Rev. Steven Bohler


University of Minnesota Crookston

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church  

PO Box 477
Crookston, MN 56716   

(218) 281-1239


Interactive Map - http://www.lcms.org/lcmsu/map

Contact Form -   http://www.lcms.org/lcmsu/campuslink

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