Our History

Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) was founded by a group who felt strongly that WELS and ELS members who are currently serving or previously served in the military needed more support than was provided by the synods.  Each individual brought personal motivation and ideas, yet they were united in their goal to bring this organization to life. An important concept to all involved was that Veterans are the best at leading efforts to provide support to other Veterans.  Our tagline: “Shoulder to Shoulder in Service” embodies this vision.

Founding members included Denny Behr, LuVerne Boes, Phillip Mowry, Erhard Opsahl, John Stedman, and Pastor Paul Ziemer.


August 2, 2014

Our First Meeting

First meeting to discuss the creation of a WELS and ELS support group for ministry to the military.

August 2, 2014

May 7, 2015

We Incorporated

Lutheran Military Support Group officially incorporated by the State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions as a 501(c)(3) nonstock corporation.

February 14, 2015

First Ammo Can Fundraiser

LMSG holds its first Ammo Can fundraising drive.


February 14, 2015

January 25, 2018

Our First Grants Awarded

LMSG provides grants to seminary students for the first time. There were eight recipients that year.


May 4-6, 2018

Our First Spiritual Retreat

LMSG hosts its first Spiritual Retreat for Service Members at Camp Phillip in Wautoma, WI.

May 4-6, 2018

June 2020

Our Handbook was Published

Christian Service Member’s Handbook published by Northwestern Publishing House.

March 15, 2022

We Hired Our First Employee

Brad Price hired as LMSG’s first employee to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.

March 15, 2022


What We Do Currently

LMSG provides Christ-centered support to Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families through programs including Spiritual Retreats for Combat Veterans,  Grants for Veterans attending called worker training programs, and publishing the Christian Service Member’s Handbook.


Connect with Us

EMAIL: info@lutheranmilitary.org
PO Box 483 New Ulm, MN 56073