We’ve MOVED (2015): ELM + PO Box 14317 + Chicago, IL 60614-8503

On Orlando: Words from Padre Ángel D. Marerro

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes that LGBTQ+ people have extraordinary gifts for ministry. Through their public witness, these leaders proclaim the Gospel now.

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Enrich & Transform – new video!

Have you heard a congregation say they “just aren’t ready” for an LGBTQ pastor or deacon? We say – “Let us help you get ready!”
Call committees and congregations now have a 6-minute conversation starter about “getting ready” to welcome LGBTQ people into the call process.  Watch and share now!



Aug 15, 2016 – Rev. Asher O’Callaghan begins serving as Program Director of ELM!

Aug 24, 2016 – Ordination of Proclaim member Brian Whitton at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Columbus, OH)

Sept 6, 2016 – Installation of Proclaim member Rev. Jen Rude at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA)

Sept 17, 2016  Ordination of Proclaim member Amy Kumm-Hanson at Calvary Lutheran (Minneapolis, MN)

Sept 18, 2016 – Amalia Vagts at Edina Community Lutheran Church (Edina, MN)

October 16-18, 2016 – ELM Board Meeting, Chicago, IL

Oct 22, 2016 – Decolonize Lutheranism Inaugural Gathering (LSTC – Chicago, IL)

July 16-19, 2017Proclaim Gathering (Cenacle Retreat Center, Chicago, IL)





For a comprehensive list of resources for LGBTQ candidates, as well as candidacy committees, call committees, internship sites, and more, please see our Resource Page.

Current Proclaim Members

Listing of Proclaim members.

Proclaim Pulpit Supply

See Proclaim members available to preach and preside in your area.


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Thinking About Coming Out?

Connect with people in Proclaim as you go through the coming out process as a rostered leader or seminarian.


BOOK:  “Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!”

Second Edition collection of essays and sermons by Joel Workin.  Amazing stuff!

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

VIDEO: A 3 minute video slideshow of the 2016 Proclaim Gathering. Watch here!