Deaconess Ministry

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Concordia Deaconess Conference®

Concordia Deaconess Conference® (CDC) is a free association of consecrated deaconesses who hold membership in an LCMS congregation and subscribe to and live by the confessional position of the LCMS. Membership is contingent upon holding membership in no other deaconess conference or association.

The CDC was founded in 1980, the year the first synodical deaconess program opened at Concordia University Chicago.



CDC Conference

June 8–11, 2020 — Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill. - cancelled

To God be the glory as the 40th anniversaries of the Concordia University Chicago Deaconess Program and the Concordia Deaconess Conference are celebrated this year. What wonderful gifts to the Church!

What are the objectives of the CDC?

  1. To give all glory to God.
  2. To extend the Kingdom of God.
  3. To aid the Synod, specifically in upholding and promoting the deaconess ministry within the Synod.
  4. To provide opportunity for spiritual, personal, and professional growth and fellowship for those who are deaconesses in the LCMS.

Who are the officers of the CDC?

President: Deaconess Sarah Longmier

Vice-President: Deaconess Rachel Jaseph

Secretary: Deaconess Lauren Olsen

Treasurer: Deaconess Lynnette Fredricksen

Member-at-Large for Membership: Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman

Member-at-Large for Spiritual Growth: Deaconess Sarah Gaffney

Member-at-Large for Conference Logistics: Deaconess Dorothy Glenn

Prayer Coordinator: Deaconess Ellee Mietzner

Spiritual Counselor: Pastor Kevin Loughran

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