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Welcome to the Mitten Synod!

NWLM Logo copyWe are the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. As one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we work to support the 117 congregations and 220 pastors across our geographic region.

Whether you are exploring the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, or what it means to become part of a faith community–or you are a leader looking for information or help, we seek to partner with and serve you.




Recent News:


Webcast with Bishop Eaton

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I hope that you have made plans to view our next live webcast, “Ecumenical Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT. I’m excited to announce that American Lutheran religious scholar, Martin Marty, and other great panelists will be joining me […]

Walking Together

Register Now: November 5! Designed for congregation council members, committee chairpersons, and ministry team leaders, this event introduces and explores seven key principles of congregational renewal. The day will begin with morning prayer and a keynote presentation, offer three workshop periods, lunch, and closing eucharist with Bishop Satterlee presiding. Learn More and Register

Fundraising Challenge!

It’s almost game time! As the annual rivalry game between U of M and MSU draws near, The North/West Lower Michigan Synod has been challenged by the Southeast MI Synod to see who can hit the $5,000 fundraiser mark for ELCA World Hunger! Team North/West Lower Michigan Synod (Michigan State University) and Team Southeast MI […]

Peer Ministry Lock-Ins!

Peer Ministry at The Gathering! “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.” [Romans 15:7] You, brothers and sisters, have the power of God to transform lives through simple acts of love. Join the team! If you have participated in Bridge Builders or peer ministry training, you may serve. Plus, […]

Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have […]



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Online Giving Opportunity! A Bishop’s Fund has been established to help many ministries of the synod at the discretion of Bishop Craig A. Satterlee. Visit the Donate page for more information.

Synod Office Hold Music

One of our own retired pastors, Bob Garrels, is a wonderful musician and composer, and has provided several of his pieces that you will now hear if you are put on hold when calling the Synod Office. The composition currently being played is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Garrel's worship service The Lord is in our Midst.