Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I am pleased to announce the calls of the Rev. Patricia (Patti) Axel and Ms. Melissa Fuller Sims to the Southeastern Synod staff, to serve as the two new Assistants to the Bishop and Directors for Evangelical Mission (DEM). Ms. Fuller Sims, currently serving as the Interim Administrative Liaison for Candidacy, will transition to this new role on October 1. As Pr. Axel currently serves Nativity, Bethlehem, GA, her transition will be a phased process from October 1 through 9. Both DEMs will be installed with the rest of the staff at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Saturday, October 5, 2:00 p.m., as a part of my installation as bishop.
I shared with you in July a prayer that has been my guide during this transition; a prayer which I pray will continue to be yours too. "O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage; not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."

Praise God!


The Reverend Patricia (Patti) Axel,
Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission

Pastor Patti Axel has served Nativity Lutheran Church first as a Mission Developer Apprentice while finishing seminary and then as Mission Developer when she was ordained in July 2008. Nativity was organized in 2013 and she has been the called Pastor since then. She has served on the Evangelism Task Force, the Board of Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Personal Committee and most recently the Mission Outreach and Redevelopment Committee (MORC).

A graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Pastor Axel and took classes the first three years through the Lutheran Center at ITC. She interned at St. James Lutheran Church in Norcross. She and her family were long time members at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Atlanta which became Living Grace, Tucker when they merged with St. Michael's, Chamblee. She served on the Transition Team for the merger of those two churches and was active in Evangelism while on Council at St. Matthew. 

Pastor Axel is a second career pastor who previously worked for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and was a Nurse Manager in the NICU. She and her husband Jeff have two adult children, Lauren and Ryan, and three adorable grandchildren.

With a  passion for Evangelism, Pastor Axel looks forward to working out in the Mission Field with you!

Ms. Melissa Fuller Sims, 
Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission


Ms. Melissa Fuller Sims has served on the Southeastern Synod staff since July 2018 as the Interim Administrative Liaison for Candidacy. For the ten years prior, she served as a member of the Candidacy Committee. Her support of the synod includes serving on the synod council for one year representing the Trinity Conference; chairing the Kessler Scholarship committee; serving as a volunteer for the ELCA Youth Gathering and several synod assemblies. Currently, she serves as a member of the Umoyo Steering Committee and the Advisory Board for Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University.
As a 15-year employee, Ms. Fuller Sims retired from McKesson Corporation as Director of Quality Assurance, where she led a team of managers and a staff of 50 contributors in the development of clinical applications. She received her education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL and DeVry Institute in Decatur, GA. She is a member of Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Atlanta, GA, where she has held various roles including president, vice president, and treasurer.

Melissa is the proud mom of an adult daughter, Charlisa, who resides in Decatur, GA.

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

Times: tba

For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


Cost?  FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online

Who Can Come?  This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD,

but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.

In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.

We are wondering how to Accept.  Embrace.  Spread Grace.

We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.


To see information from prior years, scroll down...

ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10

Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE

All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN


122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.