Synod Youth Ministry and Faith Formation

Deacon Julie Stecker

The Metro D.C. and Delaware-Maryland synods have entered into a unique and innovative partnership to enhance our ministries with youth and families.

Starting February 1, 2021, Deacon Julie Stecker will serve as the Assistant to the Bishop for Youth + Family Ministry, bringing together the young people and those who work with them from both synods to engage in faith formation, leadership development, and deep community. More details about this transition can be found here.

ELCA Youth Gathering Dates Changed!

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

After much prayer and consideration, the ELCA postponed the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022.

Meet the Metro D.C. Synod Youth Gathering Coordinator:
Elizabeth Burnside!

This is my first year serving as the Gathering Synod Coordinator, which means we will be learning together and it will be very helpful for me to make connections with each of you. So please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

I currently serve as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Bethel Lutheran in Manassas, VA.  

You can reach me at 

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Website

The ELCA Youth Gathering team has provided all the details you need to know including registration details,
FAQs and housing specifics.Check it out by clicking the button below.

Youth Ministry Resources & Supporting Organizations

We have gathered some helpful resources and links to supporting organizations that Adult Leaders may find helpful!

Background Check Authorization Form

All adults working with youth at synodical events need to complete a background check per the Synod Background Check Policy (7/5/16 update). Fill out the appropriate form and submit to Katharyn Wheeler at the synod office via email at

Fees associated with a Background Check will be determined based on individual factors. 

Contact Katharyn Wheeler with questions at or 202-417-3678.

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