Congregational Council (old page with children)

More than 70 students serve in leadership positions in College Ministries each year through volunteer, work study, and elected congregation council positions. Students provide leadership in all areas of our ministry. We invite you to consider offering your gifts by serving in a leadership position in College Ministries.

Meet the Congregational Council for 2014-2015:

President: Makayla Marinack
Vice-President: Annē Wermedal
Secretary: Ashley Meyers
Treasurer: Matt Freburg
Deacon of Community Action: Brett Blattner
Deacon of Global Concerns: Carter Johnson
Deacon of Outreach: Elena Zarecky
Deacon of Spiritual Formation: Gifty Arthur
Deacon of Worship: Claire Seitzinger

As a community of faith, the Luther College Congregation seeks to be a place of Christian hospitality, celebrating the diverse gathering of the Body of Christ through its commitment to ecumenical conversation and partnership. As a Lutheran congregation, we also bear a calling to communicate our Lutheran identity. Serving on the Student Congregation Council requires a commitment to Christ’s ministry and support of the Luther Congregation and Luther College as ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Luther Congregation Council meets throughout the year (Tuesdays at 9:40 a.m.) to discuss, plan, and lead the ministry of the Luther Congregation. Each of these positions requires a significant commitment of time and energy. A brief summary of each position is listed below.  


Leads meetings, sets agenda with input from other council members and campus pastors; represents Congregation at Board of Regents' meetings, Student Senate, and other groups as needed. Currently held by Makayla Marinack (

Vice President

Represents Congregation in lieu of president, serves as liaison for College Ministries groups such as Catholic Student Community, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Student Group, Muslim Student Association and Allies, and the Interfaith Student Association. Currently held by Annē Wermedal (


Keeps minutes and records for the Congregation and Council; handles correspondence for the Council. Currently held by Ashley Meyers (


Keeps financial records for the Congregation and raises awareness about stewardship; handles deposits, offerings, and writes check requests for the Congregation. Reports financial updates to Council. Currently held by Matt Freburg (

Deacon of Spiritual Formation

Coordinates formation of Bible Study and book discussion groups, plans special events through the year. High time commitment at the beginning of each semester forming groups and gathering resources. Currently held by Gifty Arthur (

Deacon of Community Action

Coordinates service projects of the Congregation including Fall and Spring Fling and Adopt-a-Grandparent. High time commitment around events, particularly Fall and Spring Fling. Currently held by Brett Blattner (

Deacon of Global Concerns

Coordinates monthly meetings with Concerns Groups leaders; serves as liaison to Congregation and groups; directs resources and information to appropriate groups; assist in planning events as requested. High time commitment required at the start of the year and with special events. Currently held by Carter Johnson (

Deacon of Outreach

Coordinates the Outreach Ministry of the Congregation. In coordination with College Ministries staff, the Outreach Assistant (a work-study position), and team leaders: establishes teams and leaders, coordinates outings, plans a fall outreach retreat (and possibly other retreats in J-term or spring), leads Outreach leaders meetings, plans Closing Vespers, plans in-reach opportunities on campus. Together with the Outreach Assistant, serves as liaison between churches and team leaders. High time commitment. Currently held by Elena Zarecky (

Deacon of Worship

Coordinates student involvement in the worship life of the community. Together with the Worship Volunteer Coordinator (a work-study position) coordinates the scheduling and training of worship leaders (ushers, lectors, and communion servers) for Sunday morning worship. Attends weekly Sunday worship planning meetings. Works with College Ministries staff to plan schedules, train leaders, and send information and weekly reminders to leaders. Currently held by Claire Seitzinger (

Campus Pastors

Mike Blair (

Amy Larson (

David Vásquez (

Congregational Council 2014-2015