Southeastern Synod ELCA

Disaster Ministry

September 14, 2020 UPDATE - Hurricane Sally


For those who might need to evacuate due to Hurricane Sally,


Disaster Coordinator Training

As a way to support our congregations and our ministers, we held a training on August 23, 2020.  That training was recorded and is now available here:


August 23, 2020 Update: Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

Bishop Kevin Strickland, Deacon Michelle Angelet from Inspiritus and Pastor Katie Pasch, the chair of the Southeastern Synod’s Disaster Relief Team invite you to hear more about how you can prepare for the upcoming storms facing the Gulf Coast.  Please consider giving to Disaster Relief either through the Southeastern Synod at, click on the “Give Now” button or through Inspiritus at, click on the “Donate” button or through Lutheran Disaster Response at Giving now allows the Southeastern Synod’s Disaster Relief Team, Inspiritus and Lutheran Disaster Relief to respond quickly to provide help following the storm.

Click here to learn about our 2020 Nashville Tornado Response 

Click the image above to register your congregation's Disaster Response Coordinator


In the Southeastern Synod, both preparing for and responding to disasters here in our synod and around the world is a significant part of our shared ministry.  This work is directed by the Disaster Ministry CommitteeAssistant to the Bishop Pr. Jill Henning serves as staff support to the committee and provides for coordination of volunteer and programmatic activities.

We partner with both Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and Inspiritus and the congregations across the synod to leverage our reach and to maximize the impact we can make in both disaster preparedness and response.  


St. John's LC, Nashville, after the March 2020 tornadoes.

Active Disaster Response Initiatives & Volunteer Opportunities 

The links below provide descriptions of current disaster response work around the synod and beyond, with information on how to get involved.  Congregations are encouraged to form work teams and schedule trips to participate in ongoing recovery work.  

Middle Tennessee Tornado (3/3/2020)

Hurricane Michael - Southwest GA and Florida

Coastal, Georgia

Hattiesburg, Mississippi


North Carolina and South Carolina

Other active Lutheran Disaster Responses

LaCrosse, Wisconsin


Disaster Ministry Resources

Southeastern Synod Disaster Response Plan

Southeastern Synod Disaster Response Roles & Responsibilities

Join us on Facebook

Volunteer Coordinators

Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD) Organizations

Emergency Management Agencies

LDR Resources - preparedness planning, bulletin inserts, worship planning and other resources

Active Shooter Preparedness - Department of Homeland Security

American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness

Flood Buckets

Contact Mr. John Boettner, Chair, Disaster Ministry Committee

Assistant to the Bishop Pr. Jill Henning is the acting Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Volunteer and Program Coordinator.