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Connect with District Staff

  • Business Office — LeeAnn Acosta
    • Resources for church and school finances
    • Information related to District finances, gifts, and payments
  • Communications — Ann Ciaccio
    • Calendar – for events in the NID
    • Devotions and Prayers – for weekly prayers and devotions
    • New and Stories – for the latest news and stories about Lutherans at work in northern Illinois and to share your ministry’s news with us
    • Podcasts – for devotions and other audio recordings
    • Subscriptions – to subscribe to our latest publications
  • District Services Coordinator — Sue Green
    • Commissioned minister documentation/updates
    • Other District services, including special events
  • Mission and Ministry — Rev. Kris Whitby
    • Ministry Support – Discuss mission in your congregation and learn about partnership opportunities in the NID, including grants.
    • Intercultural Ministry – Partner in the NID for the development of all ethnic ministries, identify opportunities to flourish and integrate with surrounding communities
  • President’s OfficeRev. Dr. Allan R. Buss
    • Colloquy certification
    • District policies
    • Guidance and the call process for ordained workers
    • Tools for a pastoral vacancy in a congregation
    • Vicar forms, pastor SET forms
  • Schools, Serving Commissioned Workers — Lois Stewart
    • Commissioned minister questions and concerns, helping you work to unify church and school mission for outreach
    • Guidance and the call process for commissioned workers
    • Provides professional development topics for schools
    • Plans various conference opportunities for educators

Other District Connections

  • Church workers — Find professional and personal tools, church worker care team, church worker conferences, resources for church workers, and commissioned minister vacancies
  • Congregations — Learn about congregational services, listings, and locations of District congregations
  • Ministry Partnerships — Information on the following ministries: Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML), NID Life Task Force, NID Parish Nurse Network, NID Prison Ministry
  • Mission and Ministry — Join us in initiatives in Advancing His Kingdom
  • NID Networking Groups — Opportunities which help church workers (especially those who are not pastors or teachers) to connect, build relationships, and gain skills for the Lord’s mission.
  • Resources — Documents and links useful for commissioned workers, church/school employees, crisis prevention and management, church worker resources, church administrator resources, congregational offerings, early childhood resources, school administrator resources
  • Schools — Learn about school services, listings, and locations of District schools
  • Staff Directory

Other LCMS Connections



Filled with living hope in Christ, Confessing, Praising, and Advancing His Kingdom

As LCMS Lutherans in Northern Illinois, we will carry out this mission by upholding three pillars. These pillars direct our work together in the vision laid out for us.

  • WORD: Helping congregations be more centered on a rich life of Word and Sacrament, with congregational support in transitions as well as time of joys and sorrows.
  • WELLNESS: Promoting and encouraging health and vitality in congregations, schools, ministries, professional workers and lay-leaders.
  • WITNESS: Encouraging personal witnessing, congregational engagement with their community, support of our NID partnerships and missions and sharing in a world mission field together.