Iowa District East (LCMS)

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The Iowa District East is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and covers the eastern half of the state of Iowa; the rest of the state forms the Iowa District West. The Iowa District East includes approximately 119 congregations and missions, subdivided into 12 circuits, as well as 32 preschools, 9 elementary schools and 1 high school. Baptized membership in district congregations is over 43,000. [1]

The Iowa District East was formed in 1936 when the Iowa District (created in 1879) was divided in half. District offices are located in Marion, Iowa. 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. The Rev. Brian S. Saunders was elected district president in June 2009. The 37th Regular Convention was held June 26-27, 2009 in Cedar Rapids, IA with the theme of "Proclaiming Jesus Christ in your Fields of Opportunity," based on Luke 24:46-47. [2] The 38th Regular Convention was held June 29-30, 2012 in Cedar Rapids, IA with the theme “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”. [3]. The 39th Regular Convention was held June 26-27, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, IA with the theme "Witness, Mercy, Life Together - Mission: The Church in Motion".


  • Rev. Herman A. Harms, 1936–38
  • Rev. Carl J. H. Heffe, 1938–49
  • Rev. Walter D. Oetting, 1949–63
  • Rev. Fred H. Ilten, 1963–70
  • Rev. John C. Zimmermann, 1970–82
  • Rev. Alvin L. Barry, 1982–92
  • Rev. Curtis R. Moermond, 1992–2000
  • Rev. Gary M. Arp, 2000–2009
  • Rev. Brian S. Saunders 2009–Present

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Membership totals include all baptized members and are according to the LCMS website.

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