The Synod of the Covenant is in a partnership with Samaritas, a Christian social services organization with ministries all over Michigan for senior and affordable living, foster care, new Americans, and building communities. (Learn more at You can learn about our partnership here.

Samaritas’ Director of Congregational Engagement, Rev. Beth Birkholz (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) is an accomplished preacher who would be glad to fill pulpits around Michigan. Rev. Birkholz is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, and has served churches in Atlanta, GA, and Livonia, MI. You can contact her at or 313-400-3011.