About Us

The Deaconess Community is comprised of women who have answered a call to serve the church and the world in ministries of mercy and servant leadership. We are a separately incorporated ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). We are also rostered leaders with those church bodies, doing public ministry with congregations, nonprofit organizations and people on the margins of society. Rooted in the unchanging grace of God in an evolving world and inspired by the example of deaconess forebears who courageously and innovatively carried Christ’s love and freeing word into the needy world of their day, the Deaconess Community seeks faithfully and fluidly to carry on a ministry of serving love and prophetic diakonia in the present time, so that the reign of God may flourish. The community is committed to serving this church and the world as, through example and teaching, it fosters community and empowers others in service.