From the President

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Rev. Michael Von Behren

Rev. Michael Von Behren began his service as NOW District President on May 1, 2024. Prior to that, he served as pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spokane, Washington for 19 years (2005-2024); he also served as a vicar at Holy Cross while he was a student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Mike has a passion in ministry for proclaiming God's Word and helping others grow and deepen their faith in Christ through the study of Scripture and service in Christ's church. Mike and his wife Jennifer have two beautiful girls, Micah and Moriah. As a family, they enjoy cool nights camping, steep trails, baseball in any form, and family movie nights.

“Helping Leaders Do Their Best Work Together”

What does the partnership between the District and a congregational ministry look like? Many people assume this is a question of authority, like “Who’s in charge?” But in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod authority isn’t a top down matter at all. Authority is found in the Word of God. The role of the Northwest District staff is one of influence and support. Our target is to help ministries identify their vision and their leaders, and then to help them do their best work on the ground in their local communities. We do this through coaching, personal encouragement, the development of resources, and the building of personal and professional networks, among other things. The Northwest District staff does, indeed, help leaders do their best work... together.