Under the theme “Walking Together in Disaster Response,” The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod hosted a Disaster Response Conference on Sept. 6-8, 2023, at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod International Center in St. Louis.

The conference included feature presentations, case studies, group discussions and practical breakouts.

The conference was designed for LCMS district disaster-response coordinators (DDRCs), Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) trainers, as well anyone with an interest in disaster response.

Conference presentations are available below to view on demand. We apologize for some audio difficulties we were experiencing in a few of these videos. 

01-Mercy Expeditions, LERT Program, CV and Regional Training, Raising Funds, Rev. Michael Meyer

03-Food Prep/Distribution, Rev. Paul Ernewein

05-Muck-Out and Drywall Removal/Repair, Rev. Ed Grant

07-Hurricane Ian Case Study, Joel Mathews

09-RSO in Disaster Response, Hilary Tew and Rev. Wayne Puls

11-Grants Equipment Response Items, Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson

13-Site Coordination 2-3-Q&A, Joel Mathews and DR Staff

02-MO Floods Case Study, Kris Schuldt

04-Anchored in Christ, Rev. James Daub & Deac. Sarah Longmire

06-Table-Top Exercise for LERT Teams, Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson

08-Walking Together in Disaster Response, Rev. Sean Daenzer

10-Host Site Volunteers-Fostering Connections, Kris Schuldt

12-Site Coordination 1, Joel Mathews and DR Staff

LCMS Disaster Response