Young Women

Apply NOW to be a YWR to the 2021 National Convention 

Lutheran ladies, listen up; Lexington is calling!

Are you between the ages of twenty-two and forty? Do you have a deep desire to grow in your relationship with Your precious Savior, Jesus Christ? Are you willing to step outside of your comfort zone, visit a new place, and learn about more ways to love and serve Him? Would you enjoy meeting more Lutheran ladies just like you? 

If you can say yes to ANY of these questions, then you are officially invited to consider applying to become a Young Woman Representative (YWR) for the National LWML Convention that will be held June 24-27, 2021 in Lexington, KY. Women across the country are already praying for those considering this opportunity. May God, in His grace, guide and bless your decision-making process.

YWR applications can be found at, along with a list of selection guidelines and helpful tips to consider before traveling to a national convention. If the information and criteria don’t quite seem to fit you during this season of life, would you consider printing an application and sharing it with a young woman who might also be a great fit? Perhaps you can be part of her journey by filling out the “recommendation” portion of the application, and holding her in prayer as the process unfolds.

Please submit completed applications, along with a photo of yourself, no later than January 15, 2021. Both paper and electronic submissions will be gladly accepted! Send all correspondence to:

Molly Loder, YWR
P.O. Box 745
Howard Lake, MN  55349 


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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