Partner Congregations

Below is a list of congregations that have decided to become Church Partner Congregations. The senior pastor is listed in ().

Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church (Pastor Kirk Flaa)

Hillcrest Church (Pastor Doug Bartel)

King of Glory Church (Pastor Rich Merkouris)

Oak Hills Baptist Church (Pastor Jim Rutherford)

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Pastor Randy Gehring) 

Red Door Church (Pastor Zach Bauer) 

St. Mark's Lutheran Church (Pastor Lori Hope)

become a church partner congregation

Empower Sioux Falls seeks to unite congregations and increase the number of Christians in areas of service by broadening our knowledge of how to care for people in these struggles; by encouraging collaborative efforts among like-minded congregations; and by providing coordinated information that will support efforts to assist people in poverty in our city. 

Download a Church Partner Congregation Covenant Form (PDF)


The Empower Sioux Falls Leadership Team plans to hold forums every six to eight weeks. These lunch gatherings are designed to bring pastors and church leaders together in an informal setting. The forums create an avenue to identify and communicate to congregational leaders ‘best practices’ for poverty ministry to better equip us as we encourage and engage our congregations to serve in effective and impactful ways.


Empower Sioux Falls has produced a variety of useful tool to help you and your congregation promote the need for mentoring. To see a list of these tools and to submit your order, simply click on the button below. If there are additional tools that you feel would be beneficial for your congregation that are not listed, please contact Kevin Ludwig, Empower Sioux Falls Program Manager, at 605-271-7722.

Note: We have downloadable versions of many of these resources and some others on our Resources page.

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