We are the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) North Dakota (ND) District Youth Ministry Task Force and Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF). The District Youth Ministry Task Force (adults & District LYF president) and elected leaders of the District LYF (District Youth Committee – DYC) work together to offer resources and events that empower middle school and high school age youth to grow their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod North Dakota District consists of 18,862 baptized members, 17,366 communicant members, 88 congregations, 66 pastors, 6 pre-schools/child care centers and 2 elementary schools.


The LYF District Youth Committee (DYC) consists of high school student leaders from across North Dakota who plan and lead youth ministry events throughout the year. Their energy and leadership are keys to successful youth ministry events. They are elected by their peers each year at the ND District LYF Gathering.
** If you or a student you know would like to serve on the DYC, please complete the DYC Nomination Form found on the downloads page.

The 2015-2016 District Officers
(back row) President – Owen Duncan, Fargo; President-elect – Austin Bieri, Jamestown; Secretary – Makenna Brumbaugh, Garrison; Treasurer – Ashley Johnson, West Fargo; Christian Growth – Matthew Jahnke, West Fargo; Editor – Bobbie Burkhardsmeier, Bismarck
(front row) Southwest Zone representative & National LYF Executive Board – Dane Wolfgram, Bismarck; Central Zone representative – Taylor Weber, Jamestown; Northeast Zone representative – Macy Hess, Lakota; Assistant Editor/Historian – Kelli Fiechtner, West Fargo

ND District LYF Mission Projects
• 2015-2016 Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND
• 2014-2015
• 2013-2014
• 2012-2013 Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND – Paid $641.39
• 2011-2012 Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND – Paid $410.50
• 2010-2011 Orphan Grain Train – Paid $1,007.91
• 2009-2010 Children’s Christian Concern Society – Paid $529.40
• 2008-2009 Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND – Paid $577.21
Make donation checks payable to: “ND District LYF”
and mail to Pat Sebastian, 3000 Bernell Dr, Bismarck, ND 58503
• Raise the visibility of young people in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
• Support youth group ministry in congregations
• Provide support and encouragement for a holistic approach to youth ministry
• Provide the opportunity for teens to express their dreams, visions, and concerns to the church
• Empower teens to define their mission in the church
• Enable teens to discover their leadership gifts and to use those gifts in service to God and His people.
The youth ministry programs of all LCMS congregations are considered to be a part of Lutheran Youth Fellowship. There is no registration or fee expectation. All congregations are provided information about LYF program and resources.
Each March, the 35 districts of the LCMS have the opportunity to involve youth and adult leaders in the Council of Lutheran Youth Fellowship Representatives that meet in St. Louis. In addition to being equipped to lead the newest element of LYF Leadership Training, the representatives conduct business to shape and comment on youth ministry efforts in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The CLYFR experience is led by the LYF Executive Board. The Executive Board represents each of the five geographic regions that comprise the LCMS.
Current national LYF Executive Board includes Upper Midwest Region Representative, Dane Wolfgram, Bismarck, ND, serving 2016-2019
Past national LYF Executive Board members from North Dakota include:
2010-2013 Katie Worral, Fargo
2007-2010 Alyson Leas, Rocklake/Grand Forks
2004-2007 Danni Sedlmayr-Reher, currently Zionsville, IN

The LYF logo is a stylized cross made from the intersecting design of the organization’s initials, LYF. The cross is key to what LYF is, emphasizing that the cross and work of Jesus Christ is the central focus of all that we do in youth ministry. The “y”s in the four sets of initials with their circle “heads” represent the youth of the church, their “arms” uplifted in celebration and youthful enthusiasm. Their “arms” touch/clasp, emphasizing the fellowship and community aspects of youth ministry inherent in the group’s name and serve as a reminder that a key element in youth ministry in the new century is building relationships – with Christ and with each other.

Features three fish, drawing from an ancient symbol for the Christian church. The logo represents the focus of the LCMS vision for youth ministry. The logo fish are “crosseyed” suggesting that all youth ministry first focuses on Christ and strives to help build a young person’s relationship with his or her Savior. The use of three fish calls to mind our triune God and represents the relational nature of youth ministry including relationships with God, with each other, with adults and family members and with the local congregation. Building strong relationships is a key element in effective youth ministry. With a bit of humor, the logo is appropriate for youth ministry in that fish and youth both travel in schools. The fish “swim” together, focused on Christ.

Youth Ministry Task Force (the adults)

Tell us… Respond to us… Share your ideas with us… Critique us… Volunteer to help us… Ask us… Invite us… Join us!

The Youth Ministry Task Force is a group of pastors and lay people selected by the ND District LCMS to assist local congregations in ministry to and with young people.

  • Sue Corwin, Concordia, Jamestown
  • Pat Sebastian, Bethel, Bismarck
  • Rev. Jon Bonine, Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John


LYF Retreat

March 6-7, Chieftain Conference Center, Carrington

Motivated by Love

Synod Teen Leadership Training

March 12-15, St. Louis, MO

Higher Things Retreat, March 27, 6 PM- March 28, 3 PM,

Theme: What is Church?

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND – Presenters: Pastors Matthew Tooman , Chris Brademeyer & Aaron Filipek
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Minot, ND – Presenters: Pastors Jon Walla, Matthew Richard & Joshua Reimche

Higher Things “Watermarked” conferences

  • June 28-July 2, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO                 
  • July 7-10, NW Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
  • July 14-17, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • July 21-24, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI

LYF Gathering

August 6-8 – Location TBA

Theme:   Overcome!    “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

ND District Middle School Gathering

October 15-17 – Ramada Inn, Bismarck

LYF Retreat

March 5-6, 2021 – Chieftain Conference Center, Carrington

National Youth Gathering

July 9-13, 2022 – Houston, TX