The Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen

OMG Center for Theological Conversation

Bible Study Leader

Anna Madsen is a “freelance theologian” in Two Harbors, MN.

After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, she served a small South Dakota parish for three years before earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology in Regensburg, Germany. Immediately prior to her return to begin teaching as a college professor, an accident killed her husband and severely injured her young son Karl. Daughter Else was eight months old at the time.

This event shaped her theology and her life profoundly, not least of all by being a springboard to create OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. Here, individuals and groups, laity and clergy, come for questions, conversation, and study. Through OMG, she also speaks, blogs and writes.

In 2016, the family moved to Two Harbors, MN, and in 2017 began The Spent Dandelion Theological Retreat Center, where she offers her studio apartment, her 20 acres of gorgeous woods, her library, her consulting, and Minnesota’s North Shore for people to retreat, refresh, and be restored.

Karl (now 16), Else (now 13), and Anna are deeply involved in church, politics, and social justice, and loves to cook, eat, read, and travel together…and they adore their two dogs Gimli and Chutzpaw.

Bishop James Dunlop

Bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod

The Rev. James S. Dunlop was elected to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in June 2013. Bishop Dunlop was ordained in 2005, and served as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA.

The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland

Pr. Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship, ELCA, will serve as our Churchwide Representative.

The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland serves as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Worship of the ELCA. He began his call with the churchwide office in August 2014. Just prior to his call to the churchwide organization, Pastor Strickland served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Nashville, Tenn.). Pastor Strickland has served on various local non-profit boards and has a heart for justice and advocacy ministry. He has written for a number of publications and has spoken around the ELCA in the areas of worship and preaching.