About Institutional Ministries
“I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (EHV)

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry throughout the Midwest, by shining the light of Jesus’ love in four areas: 

  • Correctional Care — ministering to souls in jails and prisons. 
  • Extended Care — ministering to souls in nursing homes, rehab centers and hospice facilities.  
  • Health Care — ministering to souls in hospitals and mental health facilities. 
  • Caring Support — ministering to souls behind unseen walls such as addiction, depression, PTSD, and moral injury. 

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OUR MISSION: To provide direction, comfort, and hope by shining the light of Jesus’ love on the walled-in souls of our communities!

Institutional Ministries Team

Chaplains - Staff - Board of Directors

Chaplains & Staff

Institutional ministries has been blessed with a dedicated staff of both full and part-time workers who are committed to the ministry of shining the light of Jesus’ love on walled-in souls of our communities!

Meet Our Chaplains & Staff

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors bring expertise from diverse backgrounds. They contribute leadership seasoned with wisdom as they guide Institutional Ministries in shining the light of Jesus’ love on the walled-in souls of our communities.

Meet Our Board of Directors


Institutional Ministries 2021 Annual Report

2021 has been a year of God proving his promises. The ravages of Covid continue to limit physical access to inmates. Yet God has tripled email devotions to prisons, from a “congregation” of 150 in 2020, to 450 in 2021. For the first time, printed devotions are available to jails where there is no email access. Over-all ministry touches quadrupled, from 21,757 in 2020 to 89,887 in 2021.


Our History

Over 120 years of ministry


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The Lutheran Institutional Mission was founded

In May, 1901, the Lutheran Institutional Mission (which later became known as Institutional Ministries), was founded for the purpose of meeting the spiritual needs of those who were institutionalized, particularly those who were unchurched.

The fledging ministry began with hospital ministry, called its first full-time chaplain, Pastor Enno Duemling, beginning in May, 1902 and in 1903, began prison work in Waupun. That ministry continues today with God's blessings.

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Full-time & Part-time Chaplains

SE WI

Regional Ministry

100+

Souls Served

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Merged To Provide Better Stewardship

In 1998, the three institutional ministries of SE, W and N Wisconsin districts were merged to form Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries. This added additional chaplains to the staff, enabled service to a larger geographic area, and provided better service to the institutionalized.

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Full-time & Part-time Chaplains

WI

Statewide Ministry

500+

Souls Served

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God Continues to Open New Doors

Today, our staff of 5 full-time and 2 part-time chaplains, manages this ministry throughout Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Indiana, and with God's help, will continue to expand this outreach effort to more and more of Jesus' "others sheep" —​ shining the light of Jesus’ love on walled-in souls of our communities!

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Full-time & Part-time Chaplains

US

National Ministry

1000+

Souls Served


Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.