COMPANION SYNODSgirls at fanling school hong kong

Our Southwest California Synod has companion relationships with two global partners “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong” (ELCHK) and “Iglesia Luterana Salvadore’a (ILS) “Salvadoran Lutheran Church.  As a Companion Synod, we accompany or walk with them in their ministries.  Delegations from our synod visit them on a regular basis.  We explore ways in which we can walk together get to know each other, share insights about ministry, join in prayer, give support, share resources, and host visitors who come here.




  erwin at san salvador

Missi’n Emaus, Guazapa First, Carson

Rutilio Grande, Suchitoto “Hope, Atascadero”

Espiritu de Gozo (Spirit of Joy), Guazapa “Holy Trinity, Thousand Oaks”

Resurrecci’n, San Salvador “Our Savior’s, Lancaster”

Milagro de Dios (Miracle of God), Guazapa “Grace, Culver City”

Casa Esperanza (Hope House) First, Inglewood; Resurrection, Redondo Beach

Emaus, La Paz “Grace, Culver City”



Long-term Missionaries:

Rev. Rosanne Swanson “Ethiopia and Indonesia” Missionary sponsorships

Randy and Carol Stubbs “Tanzania” Ascension, TO; First, Carson; Shepherd of the Hills, Tujunga; Trinity, Ventura

Rev. Michael Fonner and Leslie Weed-Fonner “Kenya” Trinity, SB

Dr. Steve and Bethany Friberg “Tanzania” Missionary sponsorships

Rev Christa Von Zychlin and Rev. Wayne Nieminen “Hong Kong” Christ, Monterey Park

Rev. Theodore and Jane Zimmerman “Hong Kong” Church of the Cross, Arcadia; Lutheran Oriental. Torrance, New Hope, Agoura Hills

Rev. Dorcas Wang “China” Our Savior, Oxnard; Salem; Redeemer, Bakersfield

Samuel and Cynthis Wollf  “First, Carson; Resurrection, Redondo Beach; Trinity, Santa Barbara

Stephen Deal “Costa Rica” Missionary sponsorship


Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM):

More about YAGM here

Rachel Birkedal “Mexico”

Chelsey and Nate Crary “Jerusalem”

Molly Erikson “Madagascar”

Katrina Hanson “Malaysia”

Erin Hedrick “United Kingdom”

Colleen Peterson “Malaysia”

Andrea Russell “Madagascar”

Nick Tasker “United Kingdom”

Young Adults in Global Mission, Southern Africa




The Mission Team for Global Partnerships helps the synod and its congregations establish connections with the global Christian community by supporting growth in Companion Synod relationships, creating partnerships with congregations in other parts of the world; learning about issues of globalization; and by lifting up opportunities to accompany global churches in their mission.

We are also mandated to lift up connections with other Christians through the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches while helping to communicate to the congregations the global partnerships of the synod and opportunities for more active engagement in those partnerships.

Membership on this team includes one person from each of the Conferences, at least three other persons chosen for their interest and/or expertise in this area, a Synod Council liaison, and representatives of Task Forces created by the Team in areas such as: Companion Synod; Missionary Sponsorships; World Hunger; etc.  Staff support is provided by the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee.

Team membership, 2015:

Carol Bjelland

Bishop Guy Erwin

Rev. Steve Herder

Julie Jacks

Rev. Ellen Jennrich, chair

Barbie Johnson

Tom Laquidara

Susanne Maliski

Maria Paiva

Rev. Frank Wang

Angela Yoon




Global Church Sunday

congregations are encouraged to celebrate our global partners.  Information for bulletin inserts and a video are provided for use on that Sunday.  Each person attending worship is invited to give $1 for each of our two companion synods.

Mission trip to El Salvador, 10 days in August participation in projects, worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador as we accompany them in their ministries.

Region 2 Global Missions Gathering

in November Pacifica Synod Offices in Santa Ana.  Presentations on accompaniment, race and culture, international students (YAGM), and ELCA global church, with time for small group work and synodical and regional planning.



Global Church 2015 bulletin insert

There are many resources are available from ELCA Churchwide

  • Hand in Hand newsletter with faith stories from around the world:

View an issue or download copy-ready inserts at Request 1-10 copies at 800-638-3522 or Order 11 or more copies at Free shipping and handling.

  • Annual directory of missionaries
  • Maps, placemats, stickers, etc. for congregational events
  • Receive an inspiring global mission story in your email inbox each week.  Visit and subscribe to the Hand in Hand blog digest.

Contact Information

Pr. Ellen Jennrich, Chair