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Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries believes the public witness of LGBTQIA+ ministers transforms the church and enriches the world.

One of ELM’s main programs is Proclaim, the professional community for Lutheran pastors, rostered lay leaders, and those preparing for rostered leadership, who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.  



Some of Proclaim’s Current Projects:

+ Annual National Proclaim Gathering and local/regional meet ups

+ Proclaim Connect – 1-on-1 connections between members

+ Proclaim Chaplains – 4 members of the community serve as chaplains to the community

+ Active Facebook group 

+ Proclaim Spice – for spouses and significant others of Proclaim members

+ Proclaim Sparkle – for trans* and gender queer members of Proclaim

Join Proclaim – click here for the online sign-up form. +++

Who is Proclaim? Click here to find out!

+ To get to know more about some of our members, check out Proclaim Profiles.

+ Looking for a Proclaim member to preach in your congregation?  Check out Proclaim Pulpit Supply.


ELM & Proclaim: Interested in knowing more about the roots of ELM and Proclaim? Read this interview on the history of ELM and how Proclaim became a program of ELM.

2013 Retreat Group photo

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia

Proclaim is a living witness of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries’ core belief that the extraordinary gifts of LGBTQIA+ people enrich and transform our church and communities. We believe God’s Great Welcome Table is open to all, and that all kinds of people, including those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, are called to receive and share God’s gifts.

Proclaim hosts an annual national gathering for members as well as local and regional meet ups.  We move the national gathering around the country (west, midwest, east).  More information about the national gathering HERE.  

Seminarian Gus Barnes, Jr. and Rev. Angela Nelson leading worship. Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

Seminarian Gus Barnes, Jr. and Rev. Andrew Nelson leading worship.  Photo by Emily Ann Garcia.

Proclaim was officially launched April 2, 2011 at a gathering of nearly 60 LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered leaders, seminarians and spouses.  The 2017 Proclaim Gathering was held July 16-19, 2017 at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago, IL.  Check back in the spring for information about the 2018 Gathering.

Proclaim is open to rostered leaders, candidates, and seminarians (who have been entranced into candidacy), all Lutheran denominations and rosters (for example, ELCA,ELCIC, LCMS, ELM). This community welcomes all who fit this criteria and who wish to join.


Proclaim is funded by individual donations and through dedicated support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Phillip N. Knutson Endowment.+++

Photo by Emily Ann Garcia

Proclaim is a community, not a list. Involvement in this community includes an invitation to: apply for ELM seminarian scholarship; attend the annual gathering; and connect in person and online throughout the year. If you would like to talk more about getting connected with the Proclaim community, please reach out to Program Director Asher O’Callaghan at

Proclaim has a volunteer leadership team that meets monthly to discuss needs of the community and works on programming.  Rev. Emily Ewing is the current Proclaim program convener.  Student representatives from ELCA seminaries and those at non-ELCA schools form the ELM Seminarian Outreach Team.  There are four chaplains for the Proclaim community.