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November 5-7, 2017: Fall Theological Conference

Registration forms:

  • Online registration (link)
  • Paper registration (PDF)

Speakers: Rev. Louise Johnson & Rev. Jen Rome

Theme: “Equipping Congregations for the 21st Century Church”

Accommodations: Stoney Creek Inn – 3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, WI 54650. Call 608-781-3060 and request the theological conference rate. Cost: $86 (If sharing a room and reserved by Oct 22). Registrants are responsible for making reservations.


  • Full Conference – $150: Includes general program costs, Sunday evening meal, Monday breakfast and lunch, and Tuesday breakfast. Does NOT include housing. Registration must be completed online or by mail by October 20.
  • Late Registration – $170: Registrations submitted online between October 20-October 24 or on-site.
  • Sunday Evening – $35: Non-refundable. Not required for those who are registered for the full conference.

Speaker Bios:

Rev. Louise N. Johnson is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA. Her ministry as the fourteenth president of Wartburg Theological Seminary began June 17th, 2015.  Johnson majored in German at Wittenberg University, and received her Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1999. Johnson is co-founder of Leading Pastors, a non-profit that seeks to develop pastoral leadership and a facilitator of the organizations premier program, SHAPE, a leadership development program for high-capacity women clergy.

Rev. Jen Rome enjoys living younger as she grows older! Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, in Twin Cities suburb Eagan, Minnesota, welcomed her into her first call with them as pastor of Children, Youth, and Family in 2001; and they are still serving and worshiping God together with the young and the young at heart in mind. She shares her congregational experiences of cross-generational, interactive, multi-sensory ministry with the Birthing Cross+Gen Conference and Tour, in Living Lutheran, and with various groups of Children, Youth, and Family leaders.

Offering: The offerings shared at this year’s conference will support leadership development in our synod through the Region 3 Discernment Events. These weekend retreats are available for those considering a vocation in ministry to listen for the Spirit’s leading. Funding for the events is provided in part through dollars donated to Leading Together. More information available semnsynod.org/discernment.


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