Safe Ministry Team

We support and care for the safety of all God’s children.


Synodical Advocates Focused on Education,
Prevention and Healing of Sexual Abuse

Basic CMYK


  • Safety for all God’s people in congregations
  • Dignity of all who come to our congregations as God’s children
  • Education for all God’s children in raising awareness of the need for written policies and procedures
  • Promotion of healthy congregations
  • Focus on communication, prevention, response, advocacy, healing, reconciliation and being proactive



  • Support and educate congregations and leaders, and help them implement SAFE Ministry Team projects and programs.



  • Work with Synod staff, congregations and conferences to provide SAFE workshops.
  • Provide other educational opportunities as requested, e.g. Synod Assembly workshops.
  • Continue to address the problem of bullying.
  • Receive additional training as a team as needed and pass on that knowledge.
  • Continue to address the problem of pornography.









Statement of Policy Regarding Sexual Misconduct
By members of the clergy and rostered lay persons (booklet form)


S.A.F.E. Brochure — How to Report Sexual Misconduct (2016)
by Pastors or Other Rostered Persons 

Committee Members

Rev. Cindy S. Krause
Trinity, New Hampton


Rev. Kim Smith
Faith, Shell Rock


Rev. Jennifer J. Bohls
St. James, Mason City


Rev. Bryan C. Lagerstam
Our Savior, Osage


Rev. G. Kim Wills
Zion St. John, Sheffield


Lois Garms
St. Paul, Monona


Rev. James Knudson
(Synod Council Liaison)
Our Savior’s, Waterloo


Rev. Stephen Brackett 
Synod Staff