North Dakota District (LCMS)

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The North Dakota District encompasses the entire state of North Dakota, as well as one congregation in South Dakota. The district office is located in Fargo, North Dakota.

The North Dakota District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and comprises the state of North Dakota as well as including one congregation in South Dakota; the rest of South Dakota constitutes the South Dakota District. The North Dakota District includes approximately 88 congregations and missions, subdivided into 6 circuits, as well as 1 preschool and 4 elementary schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 22,000. [1]

The North Dakota District was formed in 1945 when the North Dakota and Montana District was divided, also creating the Montana District. District offices are located in Fargo, North Dakota and Bismarck, North Dakota. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers. Rev. Dr. James A. Baneck was elected district president in 2009 [2] and re-elected to a second term in 2012. [3] The 55th Regular Convention was held January 18-21, 2009 in Minot, ND.[4] The 56th Regular Convention was held January 22–25, 2012 in Grand Forks, ND with the theme "Now You are the People of God". [5]


  • Rev. Arnold Henry Grumm, 1945–50
  • Rev. Walter Henry Theodore Cordts, 1950–54
  • Rev. Bernhard G. Mueller, 1954–57
  • Rev. Lothar Karl Meyer, 1957–61
  • Rev. Harold V. Huber, 1961–65
  • Rev. John D. Fritz, 1965–67
  • Rev. Alwin M. Reimnitz, 1967–91
  • Rev. Norman C. Sincebaugh, 1991–2000
  • Rev. Larry S. Harvala, 2000–2008
  • Rev. Patrick O'Brian, 2008–2009
  • Rev. James Baneck, 2009–present

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Membership totals are from 2014

Only congregation in South Dakota: Zion Lutheran Church, Claire City, South Dakota, 123

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