Our Synod

Who We Are

Southwestern Minnesota Women of the ELCA is a partner organization of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We provide support for the Synod on many mission areas including local and global mission, faith formation and support for women clergy leaders.

SW MN Synod Women’s Constitution and Bylaws 2018

SW MN Synod Policy Statement 2018

SW MN Synod Board Officer Job Descriptions

Where We Are

Our Synod spans the region of Southwest Minnesota from Ortonville, MN (West) to Saint Peter, MN (East) & Sauk Centre, MN (North) to Hills, MN (South). We currently are made up of ten conferences that each have an active WELCA board leaders to serve the women of their conference.

2023-2024 Synod Board Members
President   Ilene Penk

Jane Leitzman


Gwen Degner


Karen Quistorff

SW MN Synod Staff Liaison

Rev. Heather Culuris

Communicator Editor

Jane M. Tongen

Previous SWO Board Meeting Minutes
Board Members At Large
    • Noreen Beranek
    • Barb Borth
    • Connie Dallmann
    • Brenda Danielson
    • Carolyn Enstad
    • Kathy Harwick
    • Carmen Maus
    • Karen Skarphol