Synod School

69th Annual Synod School July 23 – 28, 2023

Register for Synod School

Questions and Answers sheet.

How to create a registration account tutorial.

If you mailed in your registration with a check and received an email telling you that your registration will not be confirmed until the payment is received. Worry not, you are registered. If you sent in the full payment you will receive a second email letting you know your registration is complete. If you sent in a deposit or partial payment we note that on your registration. Again, you are registered, but will not receive the final confirmation email until your registration is paid in full.

Jimmie Hawkins will lead adult convocations. He is Director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (PMUN) and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness.

Abbi Long will lead the youth convocations. A doctoral student in Special Education and a youth director for many years, she seeks to empower youth through Christian teachings about justice, love, and peace.

Our evening worship leader is DeEtte Decker. DeEtte is Senior Director of Communications for the PC(USA).  Her business, communication, military, and ministry experience combine to form a unique and fresh perspective on our world, faith, and family.

Morning Song and a Prayer with Rev. Dr. Matt Sauer, pastor of Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry an innovative ministry between First Presbyterian Church and Peace United Church of Christ in Manitowoc, Wisc. Matt is a community builder bringing Gospel Justice to work in Manitowoc.

Timothy J. Mooney, a Presbyterian minister, visual artist and spiritual director, is passionate about inspiring people to find creative ways to further their personal growth and connect with their authentic self. Tim is an artist, writer, and pastor who has worked in churches at the intersection of spirituality and the arts for more than 25 years.

2023 Synod School Catalog

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

Countdown to Synod School


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Synod School? Check out our Questions and Answers sheet. Also check out our Facebook page.

When does online registration begin? April 1 (catalog pg. 15).

RAGBRAI will be in Storm Lake on Sunday evening. What does this mean? Read pages 2&3 of the catalog.

As of 2023 Linen Packages are NO longer available (catalog pg. 17).

What about COVID? Check out page 3 of the catalog and plan to bring masks in case they are needed.

What is the cost? Page 20 of the catalog has the information.

What does it cost to arrive on Saturday? Early arrival includes your room, three meals, and BVU fees. Adults = $60, Children or Youth over the age of 5 = $35, Children under the age of 5 = $10.

My catalog has not arrived. I thought I was on the mailing list. Contact us and we will be glad to help.

I would like to apply for a scholarship.  Please submit this Scholarship Application Form. Scholarships will be finalized in early June.

Churches and Presbyteries sending a scholarship check, please include a list of the scholarship recipients and the amounts for each.

Information about Buena Vista University & Storm Lake

Synod School 2022 Highlights

Youth video on Experiencing Belonging:

Children’s Time with Worship led by Tim Hughes-Williams:

Tuba and Xylophone duet for morning worship (Sara Sutter on xylophone and Nathan Lamb on tuba):