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Contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Manda Truchinski at with any questions.

So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:17-20a,NRSV).

Meet the Candidacy Committee

Click on the individuals names below to learn more about them and their passion for Candidacy.

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Adam Braun

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Gary Cadwising

Candidacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the pathway of discernment

to determine if an individual is called to ordained ministry.

Ordained ministry is the vocation of serving as a rostered minister of the ELCA: a Pastor or a Deacon.


We trust that a call to any vocation is received both internally and externally. In discerning a call to ordained ministry, the Candidacy committee discerns with individuals as they prepare for ministry. 

Wonder if Ordained Ministry is your vocation? 

To learn more about Candidacy, read the Candidacy Manual.

For more resources and information about the Candidacy:

To pay your Candidacy Application Fee:

If you would like to speak with someone about Candidacy, please email

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