about US

It is an honor and a privilege to serve with you in the district! The district serves congregations, schools and their mission staff in Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada.

As the Pacific Southwest District, our mission is to effectively resource congregations and schools to fulfill the Great Commission.

As School Ministries of the PSD, our purpose is to be connected in Christ and connected with each other by building and maintaining God-pleasing relationships. We currently have just over 19,000 students enrolled in 97 early childhood centers, 43 elementary schools and 8 high schools, served by over 2,000 full-time educators.


Click here for the 2020-21 PSD school statistics.   Click here for the 2020-21 LCMS school statistics.

Thank you for your partnership, your prayers, and your support! We are connected in Christ, called to courageous leadership!

Our Purpose & Vision

Our Purpose...is to be connected in Christ and connected with each other through building and maintaining God-focused relationships.

Our Vision...School Ministries of the PSD will effectively resource healthy, accountable 21stcentury Lutheran ministries that are

  • motivated by the Gospel,

  • expectantly yearning for God’s direction,

  • true to the Lutheran tradition of educational excellence, and

Led by congregational and educational leaders who model

  • passionate commitment to ministry, trusting relationships,

  • peaceful partnerships, and

  • support and encouragement to educators, staff, students and their families to be dynamic disciples of Jesus Christ and life-long learners.

School Ministries Staff


Rachel Klitzing

Executive Director

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Ellen Pratt

Staff Assistant

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Kim Violette

Administrative Assistant

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Anna Preus

Staff Assistant

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