The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Council makes history

For the first time in its 107-year history, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches will be led by a woman and American Indian.

Noya Woodrich, 41, currently is senior vice president and executive director of the council's Division of Indian Work.

Effective July 3, she'll lead the largest organization of its kind in North America, with 700 congregations and 25,000 volunteers.

Woodrich is an Athabascan Indian and Alaska native who was adopted and grew up in a white Lutheran household in Wisconsin.

She attended Augsburg College, Minneapolis, where she is also on the faculty.


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