National Lutheran Secretariat is the national group of various Via de Cristo secretariats in the United States. There is an annual meeting and gathering each year. The goal of the annual gathering is to conduct business, share ideas, network, learn and worship our God. People from all over the US attend this conference. The location moves each year as different secretariats or regions offer to host. This year the conference is in beautiful Minnesota. Minnesota Lutheran Via de Cristo is part of Region 2 of the National Lutheran Secretariat. Region 2 includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Thank you for all the volunteers from these areas that worked to help host! So, why should you come? Do you want to meet new people who believe in our Lord? Do you want to renew old friendships? Do you want to see how your national board is doing? Do you want to learn how ideas from other secretariats can help your group? Do you want to share in worshiping our Lord? Then come! During the weekend, delegates from each Secretariat attend business meetings to report on the health of their movement, vote in new National Secretariat members and approve a budget. In addition, there are breakout sessions for smaller groups to learn about topics such as music, palanca, and copyright and legal requirements for 503c groups. Worship and enjoying Christian community is also an important part of the schedule. And in addition, you could extend your stay and check out the wonders of the Midwest. Minnesota’s many lakes and parks, various interesting museums, sports teams, a variety of landscapes – plains, forests, lakes, waterfalls, bluffs, rivers, need I go on? There is the James J. Hill historic house, Minnehaha Falls, Itasca State Park where the Mississippi River starts, Minnesota Twins or St Paul Saints baseball, Voyageurs National Park, and I could go on and on. Come join us for knowledge, reunion, sun, friendships and worship.

Meet the NLSAG Host Team


Nancy Peterson



Looking for a volunteer

Secretary/Records Keeper

Roger VanVeldhuisen




Lori Ritt



Wayne Christopher



Judy Laabs-Foss

Communications / Newsletter


Marian Mallory



Kelly Groenewold

Technology Support


Tom Lipinsky / Bob Lund

Music & Worship



Mary Amdahl



Jim Arend / Michelle Christopher

Fund Raising & Marketing


Loren Van Pelt



Bill Schimmelman

Spiritual Director


Steve & Dawn Renquist

Dining Room






Tony & Char Winkler

Northern MN Representatives


Mike & Sandy Ahrens

Southern MN Representatives