Synod Youth Ministry and Faith Formation

My name is Pastor Julia Boudrye and I am very excited to step into the role as Synod Youth Faith Formation coordinator. 

I am currently serving as the Pastor for Worship at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax and Clifton Virginia. I am honored to have the opportunity to facilitate a sacred space for our young people to come together and experience the different ways God is calling them. Our students have incredible gifts, and I hope to be able to help create spaces for discovery, connection and celebration.

You can contact me at or by calling 703-323-9500. 

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering is Coming up!

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.

The 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering is planned for June 29 – July 3 in Minneapolis, MN!

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 

Synod Information Sessions for Youth Gathering

Elizabeth Burnside and Rev. Julia Boudrye hosted three information sessions in late May to help all Metro D.C. congregations plan for the 2021 Youth Gathering.

Topics covered during the sessions include:

  • Registration (and the new online system)
  • Building your adult leadership team
  • Synod Day changes
  • What “boundless” means as our theme for next summer
  • Details about Minneapolis, MN, the host city

Click the Images below to play the Information Session Videos

2021 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

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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