Board of Theology & Ministry

While the members of the other three Boards are appointed by the District Council, the members of the BTM are elected by the District Convention. The rationale for this is that this Board has been given theological and professional oversight of Augustana’s pastors. BTM is charged with administering LCMC’s pastoral certification process and the District’s endorsement process. These steps are designed to examine the qualifications of pastors wishing entry into the Augustana District. Once pastors are admitted into the District, BTM is responsible for enforcing the Ministry Standards of the District. Additionally, it is to sponsor an annual theological conference required for all its pastors and open to any lay participants. As BTM’s primary mission is “to preserve and promote the District’s theological and confessional commitments,” it also will interface with the Board of Christian Education.

Board Member Information

Board of Theology Members 
Pastor Tim BalfanzPeace Lutheran, Nevis, MN
Pastor Sarah CarlstromCrossroads, Dawson, MN
Pastor Brian Crocker Christus in Clintonville, Wi
Pastor Culynn Curtis, ChairHoly Cross, Maple Lake, MN
Pastor Jane EckholmHope Lutheran Church, Fosston, MN
Pastor Brad JensonNew Life, Duluth, MN
Pastor Paul KochSt. John’s, Howard Lake, MN
Pastor Craig Nehring, Council RepZion & Peace, Caroline, WI
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