Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Synod Council Webex
  • UMC Ordination Estes Park 
  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Staff welcoming the staff of the Gulf Coast Synod to the Lutheran Center

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Synod Council WebEx
  • Congregation Ministry Board WebEx
  • Candidacy meetings

Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Preach at Bethlehem, Brush CO
  • Missional Gathering Planning 
  • Council Meeting, Trinity, Loveland CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO
  • Christ the King, South Jordan, UT 

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration
  • Preach At Joy Parker, CO

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference planning
  • Ministry Review, Atonement, Lakewood CO

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Special Legislative Session
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • SNAP Coalition
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • CCLP Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard release event
  • Together Colorado Statewide Gathering


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2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering





APRIL 28-30 
2016 Synod Assembly 
Embassy Suites 
Loveland, CO

2016 Theological Conference 
Little America 
Cheyenne, WY




MAY 5-7
2017 Synod Assembly
Antlers Hilton Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO


2017 Theological Conference




MAY 3-5
2018 Synod Assembly
Westin Hotel
Westminster, CO


2015 Leadership Retreat / Theological Conference is September 21-24 at Estes Park, CO
Registration will be open soon for the annual gathering for leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod. The registration deadline is August 20.

Information about the event is posted online. Additional information, including the preliminary schedule, will be posted soon.

Those who have been participating in the Journey of Renewal program will gather one day early for the program closing retreat.

We say "Farewell" to Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza and Pastor Jorge Espinoza Pérez

It is with a mixture of gratitude and sadness that we announce that Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza (ELCA Director for Evangelical Mission) and Pastor Jorge Espinoza Perez (Mission Developer - Jesus of Nazareth Lutheran, Aurora CO) will be leaving the Rocky Mountain Synod as they move to Minnesota to be closer to family.  

Pastor Jorge's final Sunday will be June 7. The end date for Pastor Stephanie's service is yet to be determined. We give thanks to God for the talents, insight, faithfulness and energy they have brought to our life together and we pray God's blessings upon them as the begin this new chapter.  


For the moment, Pastor Stephanie will continue to address all matters related to the work of the Director of Evangelical Mission, including Mission Starts and Comprehensive Ministry Reviews. Matters related to Jesus of Nazareth congregation may be directed to the Office of the Bishop. 


JUNE 2015 
Southeast Colorado Conference



First Burlington, CO

 Jeffrey Hanson
Grace Colorado Springs, CO
  Michael Tassler
Holy Cross La Junta, CO
  Mary Hendrickson- ECUSA
Immanuel Bethune, CO
  Bryce Fellbaum
Prayer of the Day

O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Tell the story of the 2015 RMS Assembly

A variety of resources are now available (with more to come) to help tell the story of the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, May 1-3 in Salt Lake City.

New videos just posted! More to come!
RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference
RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference

RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton
RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton

Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon
Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon

Download an article and study guide about the Four Winds American Indian Council and the gift of "holy space" given from RMS

An article in the recent Lutheran magazine shares the story of a long-closed church south of downtown Denver that was owned by the Rocky Mountain Synod. This .pdf begins with a three-page study guide, and is followed by a reprint of the article. You are invited and encouraged to download the guide and article, and to use it as the focus of an adult forum or study group in your congregation. Download the study guide and article reprint.

Rostered leader transitions and openings
Rostered leaders include pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses. View a list of congregations in transition at this link.

RMS employment opportunities

Congregations and agencies are seeking non-rostered positions, such as office administrators, musicians, faith formation staff, and more.  View positions at this link.

Eucharist is second Wednesday of each month

We invite you to join us the second Wednesday of each month for a staff/community Eucharist Service at 11:30am at the Office of the Bishop. Email Erin Power if you are interested in leading worship!  

Youth will participate in revitalizing Detroit at youth gathering

Living on a block with an abandoned home or two is common for Detroiters, and the city has precious few resources for dealing with such a widespread problem. Neighborhood blight is a health and safety risk to residents, attracts crime, and depresses property values. 

This summer, during the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, youth will participate in Detroit's neighborhood revitalization efforts by boarding up abandoned properties, making neighborhoods safer and healthier for the residents who remain.

While youth will provide the labor, we are in desperate need of supplies. If you know of a building supply company that could donate 4 X 8 OSB boards, please contact You can also donate toward the purchase of supplies by going to


ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Applications now available


ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support ministries that offer hope and assistance to thousands of people who experience poverty and hunger in the United States. In 2015, World Hunger funded 324 projects across the US for a total of $739,075.  Projects range from congregational food pantries to weekend backpack programs for children to job training and living wage advocacy campaigns.  


Grants are available for organizations that provide direct relief or assist with community development, community  organization, or advocacy.  More information and the application are available at If you have any specific questions about the application itself, please contact Joe Young ( or Johnnie Thompson (


Due date for the application is July 10, 2015.



6th Annual Eben Ezer Legacy Community Golf Event

Friday June 12, 2015

Fun events for all! This is not your ordinary golf tournament. This is a community event where the whole family can participate in the fun. We will be serving lunch at 11:30am followed by an adult 2 person scramble with a shotgun start at 1pm. During the tournament we will have fun activities including casino games, pin prizes, games for the kids, and the ever popular ball drop.

For more information and Registration

Lutheran Center Film Festival: Saturday, June 20 at 4 p.m.