At this year's Synod Assembly, we will conduct crucial elections for various positions within our synod, including the synod treasurer, representatives to attend the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August 2025, members of the Synod Council, and other key synod positions. We are also honored to have Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica as a guest speaker, who will share insights on Paul's dream and call to reach those he didn't expect. Our Churchwide representative, Maryn Olson, Director of LDR, will report on the ELCA. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about the impactful work being done by our ministry areas and agencies. Workshops will be offered on Saturday afternoon, providing valuable learning experiences for attendees. As part of our commitment to serving our community, we will be collecting food and toiletries for the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect, engage, and contribute to the collective mission of our synod.  See you there!

Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla serves as the John Damm Chair on Leadership and Director for the Latine Ministry and Theology Program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). In April 2023 he retired after 30 years of service with the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For the last 20 years he served as the Unit executive director overseeing the ELCA’s worldwide program in over 90 countries. Pastor Malpica Padilla served as bishop of the Caribbean Synod; he holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees by Newberry College in South Carolina, The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in India, Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio, The Serampore College in India, and the Comunidad Teológica de México in Ciudad México.

General Information

Registration cut-off dates and fees:

  • Early bird - 02/27 through 05/08.
  • Late registrations - Will increase $50.00 05/09 through 05/15.
  • No refunds after 05/15.

Volunteers - To volunteer, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Noya at [email protected].

SERVICE PROJECT - We are teaming up with the Orlando Union Rescue Mission for Assembly this year. This Christian organization believes in "Bringing the hungry, hurting and homeless to a new life, new goals and a new future in Christ."  Learn more about the Orlando Rescue Mission at  We need your help to make this year's service project a successful one by bringing any of the high demand items on this Donation Wish List.

WORKSHOPS - Please click on the 2024 Assembly Workshops for list of workshops that will be offered at this year's assembly.

Location Information

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton
  • 4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL, 34746 US

Hotel Information

Group rates are $149.00 per night.  To be eligible for the group rate, reservations must be made no later than May 8, 2024 by clicking here or by calling the hotel directly at 407-597-4000.  Please indicate you are with the Florida-Bahamas Synod Group when making your hotel reservations over the phone.

Parking - Discounted self-parking at $10.00 per night.

Registrant Information

  • Interim Pastors serving in a congregation pay the full price.

  • This includes the registration fee for one Exhibitor only.

  • Daycare fee covers Friday and Saturday.

For Group registrations, a unique personal e-mail must be provided for each registrant for direct communications about assembly.


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