The Innovation Lab

A Path Forward

Introducing The ELCA Innovation Lab


What is the Innovation Lab?

You are an expert in your area of ministry. You know which systems can be funky and which processes are a little clunky. Whether you’ve got an idea you’d like to try, or a problem you can’t quite solve and don't know where to start, we are here to support you on the journey.

Designed for church leaders, the ELCA Innovation Lab provides collaborative workshops, resources and tools that explore new and useful ways to experience community, justice and love, together.


Our Vision

A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ make for all people and creation.


Our Purpose

To activate each of us so that more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love.


Meet the Innovation Lab Staff

The staff members below serve as the primary Innovation contacts for synods, congregations, and other ministry partners.

Rahel Mwitula Williams

Rahel Mwitula Williams
Director, Innovation + Ideas

Tyra Dennis

Tyra Dennis
Program Manager, Innovation + Ideas

Rebecca Payne

Rebecca Payne
Program Director,
Congregations Lead Initiative

Maddie Fairfax

Maddie Fairfax
Innovation Services Coordinator

Maddie Fairfax

The full ELCA Innovation staff in Fall 2023.

A portion of this team works internally at the Churchwide Organization, providing support for new and useful initiatives to other areas of the ELCA.

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“The way people hear and receive the gospel is changing at an increasingly rapid rate. The competitors of the gospel are many. What hasn’t changed is the liberating good news that we are loved and are set free to serve the neighbor. The Innovation Lab gives us the space to experiment and innovate in real time so more people can know more about Jesus and experience the love of God.”
—The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop