Ministry Areas

LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry

Through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry program, commissioned men and women receive training to serve as institutional and emergency services chaplains, pastoral counselors, and clinical pastoral educators.

These professional church workers offer comprehensive service that includes Word or Word and Sacrament ministry, counseling, compassionate care, and contextual education for Specialized Care ministries.

In touching many lives at many points of mission, Specialized Care takes place in diverse, specialized, and geographical locations.



Prison and Jail Ministry

“Remember those who are in prison as though you are in prison with them.” (Heb. 13:3a)

Bible studies

Christ in the Cellblock

Freed in Christ


The Lord’s Mercy Endures Forever


‘Not Forgotten — The Story of Jack Baird’ — While feeling alone and hopeless in prison, Jack Baird heard God’s Word from Pastor Steve Waterman and a prison ministry group. Baird accepted Christ and was baptized in prison.

Conference presentations

“Captive Souls ... Mercy for All” — View presentations and workshops from the prison/jail ministry conference, which was held in 2018 in St. Louis.

Contact information

Rev. Brian Heller
Manager, LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod



Disaster Response

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Disaster Response ministry responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters.

Disaster Response chaplains are provided to:

  • Help church workers affected by a community crisis deal with their own stress in healthy ways; and
  • Provide guidance and resources to pastors and other church leaders as they seek to help others.

Disaster Response chaplains provide pastoral care, information, support, conversation, and education to:

  • Understand the effects of stress;
  • Normalize” understandable reactions to disasters; and
  • Implement best practices for ministering to those suffering from disaster-related stress.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

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