A Deaconess is consecrated for service in the context of the church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel, to relate the Gospel to human need in every situation, and to extend the ministry of the Gospel to all the world.

The Deaconess Community of the ELCA has roots in 19th century Germany and has prepared and supported women who are committed to a life of service to church and society. It is centered in a community of women for spiritual, personal, and ministry growth and support.

The skilled and theologically prepared women of this roster serve in a variety of ministries, including health care, parish work, education, church music, administration, chaplaincy, and social services.

More information is available on the ELCA web site.