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2024 Southern Ohio Synod Assembly
May 31 – June 1, 2024


Peace Lutheran Church
3530 Dayton Xenia Rd.
Beavercreek, OH 45432


Please read all information below before registering by May 10, 2024.


The Southern Ohio Synod will gather in Assembly at Peace Lutheran Church (Beavercreek, OH) on Friday, May 31, 2024 through Saturday, June 1, 2024 under the theme Out of the Waters … Follow Me.

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:14-17, NRSV)

This year’s assembly will be held in person for all voting members. Visitors may attend in person or view a livestream online through the Southern Ohio Synod’s YouTube channel & Facebook page.


Churchwide Representative: Bp. Don. Kreiss, Southeast Michigan Synod
Parliamentarian: Mr. Tim Skamfer


Voting members must register before arriving. There will be no on-site registration.

Registration will be in 2 parts. Please review the following carefully.


Friday evening

Friday evening will hold a variety of workshops for voting members & visitors to attend. Workshops are open to all and are free. Registration simply helps with our planning for each session.

Workshop descriptions and registration are available here.



All Assembly business will be conducted on Saturday. Voting members must register for Saturday.

Please register for Saturday by clicking here.


Please register by May 10, 2024.



$100/person – for those attending Saturday’s Assembly business only.
A continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included in your registration fee.
Remember: If you are joining us for the Friday evening workshops and not joining us on Saturday, there is no charge.


Voting Members

Every Rostered Minister currently on the Southern Ohio Synod Roster is eligible to attend Assembly as a voting member.


Additionally, each congregation is eligible to send 2 voting members.

  • Congregations exceeding 750 baptized members, 500 confirmed members, and 250 worshippers shall receive one additional lay voting member at the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly.
  • Congregations exceeding 1500 baptized members, 1000 confirmed members, and 500 worshippers shall receive two additional lay voting members (one male and one female) at the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly.
  • Congregations exceeding 2250 baptized members, 1500 confirmed members, and 750 worshippers shall receive three additional lay voting members (at least one of a different gender) at the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly.


Special considerations for the ELCA Campus Ministries within the Southern Ohio Synod:

  • The recognized Campus Ministry Sites within this synod may each elect from among its baptized participants not more than two lay voting members to the Synod Assembly. The persons elected under this section shall, when possible, include persons of different genders, and shall not have attained the age of thirty (30) years at the time of the said Synod Assembly



Housing must be secured individually. The Southern Ohio Synod has not secured a hotel block for this assembly.


The following hotels are near the Assembly location:

  1. Home2 Suites by Hilton Dayton/Beavercreek, OH (3.5 miles from Peace Lutheran)
  2. Courtyard by Marriott Dayton Beavercreek (3.9 miles from Peace Lutheran)
  3. Residence Inn by Marriott Dayton Beavercreek (4.1 miles from Peace Lutheran)
  4. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dayton East – Beavercreek (3 miles from Peace Lutheran)


A more detailed schedule will be included with the full assembly documents.


Friday Evening
Reminders: There is no cost for attending workshops. RSVPs are helpful for planning. And, t
here will be no Assembly business on Friday evening.
Workshop descriptions will be available soon.

4:30 PM – Workshop Session #1

5:30 PM – Dinner on your own

7 PM – Workshop Session #2


Note: On-site check-in will begin at 8 AM and close promptly at 9:30 AM and will remain closed until after Ballot #1. You must be checked-in in order to vote.

9:30 AM: Plenary Session 1 (Assembly Opening & Welcome)


12:15 PM: Lunch

1 PM: Plenary Session 2


5 PM: Closing of Assembly & Adjournment

Assembly Worship


At this assembly, we will be holding a variety of elections for several positions. More information & nominee bios will be available with the full Assembly packet.

  • 2025 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Voting Members
  • Synod Council Members
  • Nominees for Churchwide Ballot for ELCA Church Council


Elections will be conducted using personal devices to access the voting form. Please bring your personal device (cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) with you to use. If you are unable to do so, we will have additional equipment available for use at the Assembly for elections only.


For questions about the nominations process please contact Pr. Cheryl Siegenthaler, Chair.

Assembly Materials

Will be provided soon. Materials will not be printed for voting members. Please bring a device to view the materials during the Assembly, by WiFi or cell network.

Resolutions & Memorials

Due: March 15, 2024

If you have questions about the process for submitting Resolutions or Memorials, please contact Pr. Bob Abrams.

PreAssembly Gatherings

We will be holding 2 PreAssembly Zoom Gatherings to walk through some of the content in advance of this year’s Synod Assembly. Voting members, please plan to attend one of these sessions:

Monday, May 13, 2024
Sunday, May 19, 2023

Both sessions will be held from 6:30 – 8 PM.

Voting members will receive the Zoom information via email closer to these dates.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Assembly!

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Joshua Brodbeck.