Young Women

meet stacey and erin, YWRs to the 2021 National Convention













Hi!  My name is Stacey Sparkman and I am super excited to have been selected as one of the Minnesota South District YWR’s to the Lexington Convention.  I wanted to share a little bit about myself.  I am originally from Florence, Kentucky about an hour south of Lexington.  So, you could say the convention is a bit of a homecoming for me.  When I was in my 20’s I loved traveling. I worked on a ranch in Montana, and lived in Hawaii for a few years.  We have lived in Howard Lake for 5 years. While Minnesota is home to me, Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart.  I married the love of my life (Mike) 11 years ago and both of my wonderful children (Lane, 9 and Kennedy, 7) were born in Kentucky. I am the childcare director and the three-year-old preschool teacher at our church school. It’s my first year teaching full-time and I love every second of it!  Needless to say that keeps me pretty busy.  But in my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my little family and cooking.  In the summer you can find us camping just about every weekend. Mike and I enjoy going fishing together and have made it our goal to fish as many lakes in Minnesota as we possibly can.  I love planning parties and events.  I’ve even planned a few weddings.  I am excited to meet other young women from across the United States who share the same values and prioritize serving the Lord.













I am Erin Diedrich (30) from Centerville, MN.  I attend New Life Lutheran Church in Hugo, MN.  There I participate in a variety of activities.  These activities include singing in the choir, attending the Women’s group events and am involved with our confirmation program as a confirmation mentor.  As a mentor, I have the privilege to pray for, connect and support a young lady while she works her way through the confirmation program.  


Outside of church, I am an elementary teacher at River Grove School.  In a typical year, I am a first grade teacher.  However, with the changes that came with Covid, I have had the opportunity to teach in a different role as the K-2 distance only teacher.  This has given me the experience of working with multi-aged students in one setting.  While it has been challenging, it was an experience I am glad to have had to widen my abilities as a teacher.


My husband, Phill and I have been married for four years.  We don’t have any child,but do have two dogs that are our pride and joy.   Together we have five siblings and seven nieces and nephews.  We enjoy spending time in the woods hiking, camping, biking and fishing. 


I am excited to be a MN South Young Women Representative at the national convention.  This last year, I was called to start serving on the YWR committee for the district and attend my first district convention.  I’m excited to learn even more about the LWML and it’s work around the world as well as connecting with women of shared faith.




Committee on Young Women

The 2019 Lutheran Women in Mission National Convention was amazing as so many came together “In Praise to the Lord.” His presence was felt in Bible Studies, working through us at service events, moving us as new leaders were voted in and mission grants were chosen to be funded. So much praise was given as speakers shared with us how our mites made their work through the Holy Spirit fruitful.

The ladies of MN South District sent 2 Young Women Representatives (YWRs) to the National Convention to help praise the Lord and see what he has done through our support of each other and the mission grants. Melissa Adelsen and Molly Loder were amazed to worship with 3,000 Lutherans, including 60 pastors.  Melissa served Gifts from the Heart by putting together hygiene and baby care packages. Molly served Gifts from the Heart by writing encouraging notes and sorting donations. As YWRs, they got to participate in processionals, attend daily YWR activities, and hang out with other YWRs. They got to sit with our MN South District President Deb Vinkimeier as guests of a VIP. Melissa said it was, “such a God-filled, richly fulfilling and amazing time.”


I feel so blessed and privileged to have been able to attend the LWML National Convention and none of this would have been possible without the support of my fellow LWML Minnesota South District sisters. Thank you for all of your support. Please let your zone or district president know if you would like me to speak about this wonderful experience in your zone. Thank you again! May God richly bless each of you!

Melissa Adelsen, YWR
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Glencoe, MN


To all of my sisters in Christ in the MN South district whose equalization fees helped make this inspiring and impactful experience possible: THANK YOU! Please contact any of your zone or district officers if you’d like me to come and speak to your group; they can put us in touch. God bless you!

Molly Loder, YWR
St. James Lutheran
Howard Lake, MN



If you are interested in having Melissa or Molly visit or speak for 5 minutes or 50, Adrienne can also connect you to our YWRs. E-mail us at, or use the contact link below.

We know there are young women in the MN South District who have the desire to tell others of Jesus Christ.  We know they are looking for an opportunity to meet other women to share ideas, collaborate, support, and be supported. Our goal is to help engage these young women in the Lutheran Women in Mission’s activities at all levels, serving God and growing in grace and strength.

Committee on Young Women
Adrienne Zhang, Chair; Molly Loder; Melissa Adelsen; Erin Diedrich

Questions? Contact our Committee members here.


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