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North Wisconsin District
~ Pastors' Conference Information Page ~

All Available Information such as 
Downloadable Conference Information, Registration Form, & Schedule 
And Online Registration are located Below

We are planning a joint conference with South Wisconsin District for the fall. Since this will be our only NWD conference this year, we are holding a three-day spring conference.


Registration is OPEN

May 20 - 22, 2024

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
420 W. Breitung Ave., 
Kingsford, MI 49802
(906) 774-1844 

Mental Health in the 
Community, Congregation, & Clergy

Presented by Dr. Stephen Saunders & Heather Ruesch

About Our speakers

Dr. Stephen Saunders

Dr. Stephen M. Saunders is Professor of Psychology at Marquette University, a licensed clinical psychologist and the doting grandfather of four grandchildren. He is President of Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Greenfield, WI. He is on the Board of Directors of Doxology and of Lutheran Child and Family Services. He has published over 80 articles and chapters and has made over 200 presentations regarding mental health. He wrote a two-volume book entitled, “A Christian Guide to Mental Illness” (NPH) and a 2023 CPH book “Martin Luther on Mental Health.


Heather Ruesch

Heather Ruesch is a National Motivational/Mental Health Speaker & Life Coach for teens & young adults. She has over 20 years of experience mentoring students in the areas of identity, self-worth, relationships, & social-emotional skills. Heather is the Founder & Executive Director of The You Matter Tour™ & The Cure Teen Coaching & Life Skills Workshop in Iron Mountain. She is an LCMS pastor’s wife and mother of three who resides in Kingsford.


Deadline for Conference reservation 
Monday, May 6th.


LOCATION:                                                CONFERENCE COST

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church                   $ 125 - Pastors & Other Church Workers
420 W. Breitung Ave.                                         $ 40 - Spouse
Kingsford, MI 49802                                         $ 20 - Children (under 3 free)
(906) 774-1844                                                    FREE: Retired Pastors 


Retired pastors are invited to attend with no registration fee, but still asked to fill out a registration form. Spouses of retired church workers are asked to pay $40 to cover the cost of their meals.

Housing for the conference is the responsibility of those who attend.


All are invited and welcome but asked to pay $40 for spouse and $20 per child (3 & older) to cover the expense of meals. Thank you for your understanding.   

A list of family fun activities will be available in the folders at the check-in of the conference.  

There will be a Ladies Bible Study & Fellowship on Tuesday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. at The Cure Teen Coaching & Life Skills Workshop at 922 River Ave. in Iron Mountain (


When making reservations, reference  "LCMS SPRING PASTORS - NWD Pastors Conference" 
** Please provide tax-exempt number at check in. **

Blocks of discounted rooms are available at the following hotels:

AmericInn Lodge & Suites                 (2.1 miles from church)
2005 S. Stephenson Ave.                    Rooms at $130/night
Iron Mountain, MI 49801 
(906) 774-1900

TownePlace Suites by Mariott          (1.6 miles from church, walking distance to 
200 S. Stephenson Ave.                      Gemutlichkeit in downtown Iron Mountain)
Iron Mountain, MI 49801                    Rooms at $150/night
(906) 448-2900

Other cheaper hotel options may be available in Iron Mountain without a reserved block. 
You are welcome to try Pine Mountain Resort, Mountain Host Inn, 
Holiday Inn Express, or any of the other hotel options in the area.

Questions About the Conference?
            Please direct all questions about the conference to 
            Rev. Jeff Kazmierski <>  (920) 213-7477

Questions About the Location?
            Please direct all questions about the conference location to 
            Rev. Matt Ruesch <> (906) 396-7401

Questions ONLY about online registration may be directed to 
            Rev. Larry Yaw: <> (920) 822-3511 


Registration is OPEN

Two Easy & Convenient Ways to Register:

  1. Print off the form & return via mail with a check
    to the address on the form (also listed below)*

             NWD Spring Pastor Conference Registration 
             Pastor Josh Baumann
             c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church
             1919 Wyatt Ave.
             Stevens Point, WI 54481


    Complete & Return with payment to the address on form by Monday, May 6th
  2. Online Registration & Online payment** - available until Monday, May 6th
    Now register & pay for multiple church workers from the same congregation




VENDORS are you looking to have a table display set up during the Pastors Conference?
Please contact Rev. Josh Baumann <> (605) 220-1908


Schedule of Events

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
420 W. Breitung Ave.
Kingsford, MI 49802
(906) 774-1844 

Monday, May 20

11:00 am              Registration Open
12:30 pm             Prayer for Noon
1:00 pm                Welcome
1:15 pm                 Heather Ruesch – “What’s REALLY Going on with Mental Health in Our Communities”
2:00 pm               Break
2:15 pm                Heather Ruesch – “Filling the Void as the Body of Christ”
3:00 pm               District Business
4:00 pm               Divine Service
5:15 pm                Dinner on your own
6:00-9:00            Gemutlichkeit at Oddfellows Restaurant -
                              (421 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain – limited menu available if you wish to dine there as well.) 

Tuesday, May 21

8:30 am              Matins 
9:15 am               Dr. Saunders – “Mental Health Issues in the Parish and How Do We Address Them?”
10:30 am             Break
10:45 am             Dr. Saunders – “Mental Health Issues in the Parish and How Do We Address Them?” (cont.)
12:00 pm             Prayer for Noon
12:30 pm             Lunch on own / Free time

Golf available at TimberStone Golf Course 
at Pine Mountain Resort starting at 2:00 P.M. 
$49/individual, $29/youth 17 & under. 

Call (906) 776-0111 for tee times. 
Mention NWD Pastoral Conference for reduced greens fees.

6:00 pm              Banquet @ Venue 906 
                              (900 W. Breitung Ave., Kingsford – 2 blocks west of church. Bar open at 5:00 P.M.)
                              Dinner will be Buffet Style, with gluten-free options available.

Wednesday – May 22

8:30 am                  Matins
9:15 am                   Dr. Saunders – “What About Us? Avoiding Compassion Fatigue?”
10:30 am                 Break
10:45 am                 Dr. Saunders – “What About Us? Avoiding Compassion Fatigue?” (cont.),  
11:45 am                  Itinerarium  - Prayers to depart.
12:00 pm                 Lunch at Our Redeemer / Depature


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