Southeastern Synod ELCA

Disaster Ministry

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

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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.