ALMA is a professional service organization linking and equipping Lutheran mission agencies, congregations, and individuals for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. ALMA encourages cooperation in mission efforts in order to advance God's mission, working alongside The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. ALMA began in 1996 with less than 10 mission agencies. Today approximately 65 different mission groups represent a variety of specialties, people groups and geographic focuses.

While most of ALMA organizations are based in North America, membership is open to any mission agency, society, congregation or individual worldwide.


* ALMA connects mission leaders to one another and to the global Lutheran family. 

* ALMA encourages collaboration and the sharing of information, mission opportunities, and best practices to develop more effective mission work.

* ALMA promotes mission efforts and champions greater participation in missions by the whole Body of Christ.

* ALMA refers those in need of information, assistance, and counsel to the appropriate ALMA agencies with the experience or expertise in a given situation.

* ALMA promotes participation in mission partnerships and collaboration within the LCMS and beyond.

Meet the Board of Directors

We thank God for these dedicated servants of the Lord who help lead ALMA! Board Members serve a two-year term and are elected at the Annual Meeting during the ALMA conference.

Patricia Fick

Can-Do Missions

Rev. Dr. Samuel Deressa

Mission Leader
Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Mission Society

Rev. Stanish Stanley

Executive Director
Christian Friends of New Americans

Rev. Vince Parks

Executive Director, CEO
LINC International

Rev. Dr. John Mehl

Executive Director
Mission of Christ Network

Rev. Dr. Steve Hughey

Missions Consultant
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Rev. Sean Chapman

Mission Director 

Dr. Paul Gossman

Executive Director