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

ELM + PO Box 14317 + Chicago, IL 60614-8503

Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST
Main Line/Voicemail:  312-759-7070

Stay up to date on ELM news:


For immediate release:  Announcement of Executive Director Departure

Read our most recent newsletter, the MISSION

Read our 2015 Annual Report

Apply for the Joel R. Workin Memorial Scholarship

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Is your congregation ready?

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 should check out this 6-minute conversation starter about “getting ready” to welcome LGBTQ+ people into the call process.  Watch and share now!



April 1 – Ordination of Chris Wogaman to Word and Sacrament ministry, SpringHouse Ministry Center, Minneapolis, MN (Called to Trinity Lutheran Church, Park Forest, IL)

April 4-6 – Asher O’Callaghan visit to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA

April 24-27 – Asher O’Callaghan visit to Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH

April 27 – Deadline for Joel R. Workin Memorial Scholarship Application

May 7 – Installation of Rev. Asher O’Callaghan as Program Manager of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 4:30 PM.  Reception to follow.

July 16-19 – Proclaim 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!