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Columbia, Ebenezer (Associate) – CA – Pastor Joanna Gragg
Columbia, Reformation – S
Ehrhardt, Ehrhardt Mem. & Mt. Pleasant – S
Fairfax, Trinity & St. Nicholas – CA – Pastor Miho Yasukawa
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Indian Land, Crossroads – S
Irmo, St. John (Part Time) – S
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Leesville, Union – S
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Moore, Joy (Assoc./Deacon) – S
Newberry, Summer Memorial – I
Pelion, Holy Trinity  (Part Time) – S
Pomaria, St. Paul – S
Pomaria, Pomaria – S
Pomaria, St. Matthew – S
Prosperity, Grace – S
Spartanburg, St. John – CA – Pastor Heather & Pastor Wade Apel
Sumter, St. James – S
Swansea, Sandy Run (Part Time) – S
Swansea, Good Shepherd (Part Time) – S
Walterboro, Good Shepherd   (Part Time) – S
West Columbia, Faith (Part Time) – S

Positions open around the synod

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Congregations are called to be safe places for all members, and every ELCA congregation is responsible to have established guidelines and policies protecting all members. When hiring church workers, please remember the importance of background checks. All South Carolina congregations should have official guidelines in place (the deadline was the 2005 synod assembly) to safeguard members against abuse. Here’s a link to some helpful information for you.

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Disaster Coordinator and Network Builder – North Carolina Synod and South Carolina Synod

(Posted: 10/4/2022)

Reports to: Directors for Evangelical Mission and Bishops
Directly Supervises: N/A
Status: Fulltime
FLSA: Salary, Exempt

Hybrid Position: This job will be able to be remote for administration and online meetings. Part of the position will be to visit local congregations and teams. Workspace would be available in both the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods.

Job Summary: The Disaster Coordinator and Network Builder will engage the North and South Carolina Synods in building capacity to respond to disasters with care, compassion, and resiliency. Additionally, the leader will help the synods develop theological language for this work and see responding to disaster as part of God’s call for us as God’s people. Lastly, this leader will create networks of leaders and communities that undergird the disaster ministry of both synods.

Essential Functions

  • Creating a Disaster Leadership Team in each synod that will serve as the hub of disaster information, connect with VOAD, and provide engagement activities for congregations around the synod.
  • Establishment of an asset map of the current synod resources, including disaster response trailers, certified Red Cross sites, supplies, and warehouses.
  • Creation of readiness resources for websites and e-news that can be shared in times of disaster.
  • Work with the team to provide disaster readiness/emergency planning – including responding to community gun violence – to congregations throughout the state.
  • Coordinate response efforts for localized disasters building capacity and modeling response for larger scale disasters.
  • Represent the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods at community meetings including working with community partners to build coalitions of support for larger disaster readiness and response.

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the North Carolina and South Carolina Synod staffs at events like Synod Assembly, Fall Convocation, etc.
  • Participate in staff meetings when


  • Working knowledge of disaster components of disaster ministry including readiness, response, and long-term relief.
  • Experience working with community partners and building teams including gifts for community organizing.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, with an ability to interact with diverse groups of
  • Proven effective time management, administrative experience, and the ability to meet deadlines with attention to details.

Physical Effort

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use of hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


  • Must be willing to travel
  • Overnight stays may be
  • A valid driver’s license is

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes employer paid health premiums and contribution to a retirement plan. All benefits commence on the start date.

More information:

  • This is a 3-year position with the possibility of renewal if funding is
  • The Disaster Coordinator and Network Builder will be co-employed by the North Carolina Synod and the South Carolina Synod.

Rostered ministers and lay individuals are equally encouraged to apply. Please submit your Rostered Minister Profile or resume to Pastor Danielle DeNise.


Rector and Dean of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

(Posted: 11/1/2022)

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes nominations and applications for a dynamic and innovative leader to serve in the position of Rector and Dean of the Seminary. The Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore has announced her plans to retire at the end of the calendar year after four years of outstanding leadership. The Rector and Dean of the Seminary is a full-time appointment reporting to the Provost of Lenoir-Rhyne University, and working collaboratively with the Vice President for Mission, Engagement and Innovation. The primary duties of this position are to serve as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and to further develop LTSS as an exemplary seminary within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and among its ecumenical partners. The position start date would be as early as January 1, 2023 and no later than July 1, 2023.

Requirements for this position include an earned doctorate or terminal degree (PhD preferred) from an accredited university in Religious Studies, Theology, or a related field; academic credentials that merit appointment with tenure to the rank of Professor; ordination as an ELCA rostered minister of Word and Sacrament; experience with parish ministry; experience in higher education; and the ability to serve as the face of LTSS to the church, the academy, and the city of Columbia. Preferred qualifications include an appreciation of the history and mission of LTSS; evidence of a collaborative leadership style that embraces shared governance and builds a culture of trust among faculty, staff, students, alums and administrators across the university; demonstrated success in developing and implementing an innovative academic curriculum; and familiarity with the changing landscape of seminary education. Diversity and inclusiveness are integral to the university’s commitment to excellence in scholarship, engagement, and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, and/or incorporating diverse perspectives in scholarship and teaching.  

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1830 and located to its current home in the Eau Claire neighborhood of north Columbia in 1911. One of seven ELCA seminaries in the United States, LTSS is the only ELCA seminary in the Southeast. Rich in tradition and welcoming to seminarians from many denominations, LTSS boasts a dedicated, collegial faculty and a broad alumni base of distinguished regional and national church leaders. LTSS is designated as a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) seminary and, as a seminary of the ELCA, is positioned to faithfully serve the synods of Region 9 strategically and uniquely.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is less than an hour drive from Charlotte. The university now offers over 50 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs to approximately 2,500 students. Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes diverse campuses open to people from all religious backgrounds. 

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and leadership; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) official copies of all transcripts; and, (4) a list of three professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number. 

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Building Resilient Communities: Regional Resilience Representative, Southeast US

(Posted: 10/4/2022)

Outline of the Work for Proposed Position

Scope of Work
The Regional Resilience Representative, Southeast US will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Assisting ELCA Synods, congregations, SMOs, and community-based partners in building capacity for disaster preparedness, response and recovery, as well as supporting the most vulnerable populations affected by disasters in region, focusing on the Service & Justice Home Area’s MERGE (Migrant, Economic, Racial, Gender, Environmental) Justice principles.
  2. Creating and building a resiliency network through outreach and relationship-building with synods, SMOs, ecumenical and other external Through the use of community organizing tools such as: 1:1s, popular education, and mapping people and resources, equipping the ELCA to identify common interests, shared energy, and other places of intersection at all 3 expressions in partnership with SMO’s and other community-based partners.
  3. Attending roundtables and other consultative
  4. Participating in relevant activities with the Service and Justice Home Area and the Building Resilient Communities This includes but is not limited to providing updates on Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) work in the region, contributing information essential to Churchwide reports, and representation in Churchwide events and activities.
  5. Engaging LDR regional networks for relationship building, mutual support, learning and assisting in planning and implementing consultations that involve LDR emphases and interests.
  6. Identifying and cultivating disaster projects and grant requests that support efforts to grow community This includes developing a mutual aid strategy with the LDR initiatives team.
  7. Monitoring disasters in ELCA Regions 4 and
  8. In times of disaster within the region, accompanying synods, SMOs, and/or pre-identified community-based partners as they respond to This role will evolve as coalitions and collaborative networks are developed. It may involve connecting with the various synods and other groups to provide support and resources.
  9. Building relationships with leaders in FEMA Regions, State VOADs, ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response leadership, Synodical leadership, and other program leaders as Paying special attention to opportunities for developing leaders in the region.
  10. Facilitating programming with bishops, DEMs and appointed leadership of the ELCA synods within the region that builds neighborhood and community capacity.
  11. Representing LDR throughout the geography of the S. states and territories included in the identified region ELCA Regions 4 and 9 as appropriate for this work.
  12. Curating and sharing resources, tools, and in-person and digital
  13. Cultivating disaster projects/grant request, providing technical assistance to grant recipients on project design and implementation and provide first line review for grant requests prior to submission in ELCA Grantmaker (EGM).
  14. Assisting with Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (PME) processes for LDR-funded projects in the region.

Expected Deliverables

The consultant will adhere to the scope of work as outlined in the above section. They will report to the Program Director, LDR Initiatives.

Logistics and Timing Duration of Project One year.

Proposed start date is Nov. 1, 2022 (or ASAP) and will conclude December 31, 2023. The position may lead to a fulltime, exempt, deployed position within the BRC team, reporting to the LDR Program Director, Initiatives.

Remote, with regular virtual communications with ELCA staff. The consultant will be required to travel to conferences and relevant events in ELCA regions 4 & 9.

Equipment & Facilities
No equipment will be purchased or provided by the ELCA. Any equipment needed to complete the project will be provided by the consultant. The ELCA will provide the necessary office facilities when the consultant is onsite. Any expenses, unless explicitly articulated by the ELCA (i.e., travel expenses), will be at the expense of the consultant.

Compensation: $70,000/yr


  1. 2-5+ years’ work experience and demonstrated ability to initiative and steward new
  2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in one or more of the following areas: community-based disaster response, recovery, and/or resilience work; community organizing; network/coalition building; volunteer management; engagement strategy; popular education; program interpretation and development.
  3. Previous experience in disaster response, recovery, and/or resilience is highly
  4. Experience and demonstrated success in working with diverse constituents
  5. Conversational Spanish; Intermediate High+, B2 qualification, or Secondary / Tertiary Education completed in Spanish Language preferred.

To apply, please send a resume and a brief (100-250 words) statement of interest to LDR Initiatives Program Director, Matthew Zemanick,



(Posted: 10/18/2022)

Person experienced in liturgical worship, preferably Lutheran worship, is sought to serve as Part-time Director of Music Ministry (directing adult and children’s choirs). Plan and administer the entire music program in consultation with the pastor, staff, and lay worship committee, including weekly selection of hymns, choir anthems, and service music and music for special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Music or other related degree. Experience in directing church choirs and proficiency in playing the piano and singing is necessary.

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