Pastor Jerry Collell to begin FreeIndeed New Start July 17

We are excited to welcome Pastor Jerry Collell and his wife Nancy to the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Pastor Collell’s ministry will begin on Monday, July 17 at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.
He writes:

I feel like Free Indeed in Anamosa State Penitentiary is what God has been shaping me for since High School in Redmond, Oregon where parish ministry was first suggested by the pastor and other members of Zion Lutheran.  I was an MP and worked in the Fort Ord stockade; got an MA in Special Education; directed residential treatment of delinquent and emotionally disturbed adolescents; got my MDiv in Berkeley, CA; pastored three years in Oregon’s capitol, six years  in the California mountains, three in their vineyards, and the last fifteen in Washington—the geographic center of the “None Zone.” 

In Washington I’ve served as Kairos clergy and spiritual director for fourteen years in five different prisons and volunteered and been pulpit supply for ten years in our Living Stones PCA congregation inside WCC  Shelton.  Twelve members of Emanuel, my Yelm congregation and community, are photo ID red badge volunteers at Shelton prison and 50 are Via de Cristo graduates (the pan-Lutheran version of Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias). 

I enjoyed meeting folks at the South East Iowa Synod assembly, have spent a day and a half in the penitentiary, have bought a house built in the 1800’s within walking distance of there–and St. Paul Lutheran where I’ve worshiped three times and feel like part of their family.  I plan to be boots-on-the-ground Monday July 17th in Anamosa and have three Sundays calendared already in Iowa congregations to share the Good News that God loves us and invite folks to be instrumental in bringing Free Indeed to fruition!  Feel free to call or text me at (360)480-4997 or e-mail me at !