Global Voices



The Synod of Alberta and the Territories supports several projects based in our Companion Synod IELCO (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia) including scholarships for Theological Studies, scholarships for students at the four Lutheran schools (k-12), and the ministry with seniors at The Good Shepherd Center.
Stories and photos of the seniors from the Good Shepherd Center are available at
Under the Programs tab, scroll down and you will see The Good Shepherd.
Pr. Natanael Lizarazo, President Board of Directors of Emmaus Road Foundation, writes:

“We are deeply grateful for the mission relationships we share. It is our joy at Emmaus Road Foundation to work collaboratively and to facilitate vital communication.”

Donations for these projects are welcomed by the Synod and may be made electronically by e-transfer to or through Canada Helps on the Synod website.

Study Conference 2024

Study Conference 2024

February 5-8, 2024, in Canmore

Bishop Larry, keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Chad Rimmer                              Thursdays in Black                                                     Bishop Larry and Orson celebrate the            and Bishop Kathy Martin (BC Synod)                                                                                                                                     one-year anniversary of Orson’s baptism.

Visit to Holy Spirit Edmonton



Reign of Christ, November 26, 2024

Wonderful to be with Holy Spirit Lutheran, Edmonton this morning.  I am thankful for the ministry of this congregation and Pr. Lindsey Jorgenson-Skakum and Pr. Trish Schmermund and Lori (Administrative staff).



First Call with New Ordinands and Bishops

November 21-24, Bishop Larry, Pastor Erin Thomas (Trinity, Edmonton) and Pastor Olav Traa (St. Paul’s, Olds) attended First Call at Niagara Falls.  There they met with other bishops and other pastors who are in their First Call (the first 3 years of ministry).

Prayer for Peace

Service of Prayer for Peace

On November 19, 2023, an ecumenical service of prayer for peace, was held in Camrose, at Bethel Lutheran.    Worship was led by Pastor Craig Wentland (Chaplain at Augustana), Pastor Deborah Ann Taylor (Bethel, Camrose), Pastor Trina Holmberg (Moravian Pastor serving St. Mary Anglican, Ponoka), and Pastor Jeff Decelle (Messiah, Camrose).

This prayer wall played a part in the service, with attendees lighting tea lights during the service.  Pastor Deborah Ann Taylor (Bethel) explains, “The 32 large candles on the top level of the prayer wall represent the 32 armed conflicts in the world today. The smaller candles in glass holders below them represent groups and organizations working for peace. The tea lights were placed by those present as a sign of their commitment to work and pray for peace.”

A copy of the service used at Bethel is available here for use in other congregations:

Global Companion Partners Meet in Houston



Wonderful to be with Pr. James Hendricksen, and our Global Companion Partners (Colombia, SE Minnesota and S. Carolina ELCA Synods) at the 6th International Consultation – Companion Synod Program in and near Houston, Texas.  Very informative, engaging, much listening and planning, worship…

Congregational Life Event

Congregational Life Event








On October 28, 2023, fifty-five individuals, representing 13 different congregations and specialized ministries from across the Synod, met in Red Deer together with Synod staff:  for prayer and worship, workshops and fellowship, for listening and discerning.

Synod Council Fall Retreat

Grateful for the gifts shared through our Synod Council members at this weekend’s retreat at Mulhurst Lutheran Camp, Pigeon Lake!  Passionate, gracious, visionary leaders.

Read the meeting highlights here.

SW Area Rostered Retreat – October 12, 2023


SW Area Rostered Retreat – October 12, 2023


Wonderful to spend today in retreat with the SW Area rostered leaders at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane.

+ Larry Kochendorfer

Lutheran Chinese Fellowship Calgary

Thankful for the Saturday, May 27 meeting with Pastor Peter Chau and many from the Lutheran Fellowship gathering as they discern the formation of a congregational ministry in Calgary.