Lutheran Church of Christ Nigeria (LCCN)

Global Partners with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) who attended the 100th Anniversary of the Church October 5-6, 2013.   From left to right, friends from North Dakota (Bryan Quigley, Rev. Cole Bentley, Janet Rhoads) whose church sent funds back in 1916 to help keep the LCCN going; Rev. Dr. Andrea Walker, ELCA Program Director for West Africa; Minneapolis Area Synod representatives, Rev. John Hulden (Bishop’s Assistant) and Kris Perry (Former Director of Companion Synods); Mr. Yakubu Bulama, LCCN Project Coordinator; Mission Afrika partners from Denmark, Rev. Kristian Skovmose, Mr. Carsten Bruhn-Lauritsen, and Rev. Thomas Hansen; and new MAS Companion Synod Coordinator, Mrs. Kara Lattu.

Global Partners with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) who attended the 100th Anniversary of the Church October 5-6, 2013.

 

From left to right, friends from North Dakota (Bryan Quigley, Rev. Cole Bentley, Janet Rhoads) whose church sent funds back in 1916 to help keep the LCCN going; Rev. Dr. Andrea Walker, ELCA Program Director for West Africa; Minneapolis Area Synod representatives, Rev. John Hulden (Bishop’s Assistant) and Kris Perry (Former Director of Companion Synods); Mr. Yakubu Bulama, LCCN Project Coordinator; Mission Afrika partners from Denmark, Rev. Kristian Skovmose, Mr. Carsten Bruhn-Lauritsen, and Rev. Thomas Hansen; and new MAS Companion Synod Coordinator, Mrs. Kara Lattu.

The Companion Synod and Companion Congregation Program came into existence with the establishment of the new Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988. Each synod was requested to choose a country with which they have had some type of ministry relationship and agree to formalize the program. Several of the Lutheran church leaders in Nigeria had attended the Lutheran seminary in St. Paul and established relationships with church leaders in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis accepted the opportunity to be in partnership with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN).

It so happened that in 1989, the newly installed Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, David Windibiziri, was a graduate of Luther Seminary and his advisor, David Olson, was elected to be the Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA. In the following year, church leaders from Minneapolis visited Nigeria and formalized their companion synod relationships with hopes of finding congregations that would be willing to participate in the companion congregation program.

Currently, the Minneapolis Area Synod has partnered 15 congregations with LCCN congregations in Nigeria. See the list below.

MAS Congregation is listed on the left - Partner Congregation is listed on the right

Advent Lutheran Church, Anoka  - LCCN No.1 Mayo Belwa

Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge - The Mashiah Foundation

Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, Minneapolis - LCCN No.1 Kubi

Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, Waconia - LCCN No.1 Guyuk

First Lutheran Church of Crystal, Brooklyn Park - LCCN No.1 Mubi

Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Delano - LCCN No.1 Nyanya

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior - LCCN No.1 Jimeta

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, East Bethel - LCCN Dogon Dutse

Ev. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Minneapolis - LCCN No.1 Bauchi

Saint Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth - LCCN No. 1 Hong “Church of the Messiah”

St. Paul Reformation, St. Paul - LCCN Pella

St. Philip's Lutheran Church, Fridley - LCCN No.1 Bille

Women of the Minneapolis Area Synod - ELCA LCCN Women's Fellowship Group

University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis - LCCN St. Peters Dogon Dutse

Trinity Lutheran Church - Bronnum Lutheran Seminary

Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, Golden Valley - LCCN No. 1 Mayo-Gwai Jalingo 



Prospective Partnerships:

  • LCCN No.3 Guyuk - Adamawa State
  • LCCN Garki - Abuja
  • LCCN No.1 Yola - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.6 Nepa - Jimeta, Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Lafiya - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Shellem - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Galilea - Maiduguri, Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Gombi - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Jada - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Fofure - Adamawa State
  • LCCN No.1 Gwagwalada - Abuja
  • LCCN No.1 Suleja - Abuja
  • LCCN No.8 Malamre
  • LCCN No. 1 Shelleng
  • LCCN No. 1 Demsa
  • LCCN No. 1 Jalingo

LCCN Diocese:

  • Abuja Diocese
  • Arewa Diocese
  • Bonetem Diocese
  • Gongola Diocese
  • Mayo Belwa Diocese
  • Shallholma Diocese
  • Todi Diocese
  • Yola Diocese
  • Taraba Diocese




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Kara Lattu, Companion Synod Coordinator for Nigeria, 253-720-5278, kara.lattu@gmail.com

Kara serves as the coordinator for our yearly trips to visit our partner congregations who belong to the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria. While serving this call, she also serves at Trinity Lutheran in Long Lake as the Director of High School Ministry. She has served this church since September of 2008 following her graduation from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where she studied music and religion.

Kara lives in Minneapolis with her husband Dan who works as a representative for Thrivent Financial. The pair loves to travel, especially to visit Kara’s family in beautiful Northwest Montana.