What are Lutherans?

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person-questions, complexities and all. Join us as we  do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

  • We are saved by the Grace of God-not by our works.
  • Our salvation is through faith alone
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life


It started with a guy in Germany that questioned, and then wanted to debate, the teachings of the day. What started as a debate, soon led to the Protestant Reformation. And later to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


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Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod: Boldly Sharing God's Grace with Everyone!

A synod is typically a geographical grouping of congregations. Some synods are geographically big, like the two states of Arkansas and Oklahoma, some are smaller like the Minneapolis Synod. Each synod has a bishop. The Arkansas-Oklahoma synod bishop is Rev. Mike Girlinghouse. The synod office is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Ar-OK Synod Staff

Located at 4803 S Lewis in Tulsa, OK, the AR-OK office welcomes you to visit or call 918-492-4288

  • Rev. Michael Girlinghouse

    Bishop, AR-OK

    Rev. Michael Girlinghouse
    Bishop, AR-OK
    Rev. Mike Girlinghouse has served as Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since July of 2011. Prior to being called to serve as Bishop, he was Pastor of University Lutheran Church in Norman, OK and Campus Pastor for the University of Oklahoma. Bishop Mike served most of his ministry in and around college and university campuses. In addition to serving at the University of Oklahoma, he also served as Campus Pastor to the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, SD and Wayne St College in Wayne, NE. Bishop Mike also served as Associate Pastor at Mount Zion in Wauwatosa,WI and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE.
    Bishop Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
    He is married and has one daughter that graduated from Texas Lutheran University and is attending graduate school.
    Email: bishopmike@arokoffice.org

  • rev elizabeth albertson

    DEM / Assistant to the Bishop for Youth & Family

    Pastor Liz joined the AR-OK Synod Staff October 2015. Her role is to help congregation and ministries thrive. Pr Liz grew up in Oelwein, Iowa, and was a graduate of Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. From 2000 to 2002, she was a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, serving at Hope House homeless shelter. Pr Liz served 9 years as pastor of North Beaver Creek Lutheran, rural Ettrick, WI. Pr Liz also served as Dean of her conference in Wisconsin.

    Email: liz.albertson@elca.org

  • Laura Bunch

    Office Manager/Communications Director


    Laura has a BS in Public Relations from OSU and her most recent position was Communications Coordinator at a senior living community in Tulsa. She has also worked for Boy Scouts of America and Tulsa Public Schools.
    Laura and her family have been members at First Lutheran, Tulsa, since 1997. Laura has served on many committees and has served on the council for a number of years. She loves music and has been a member of the bell choir for over 10 years. Laura's husband Blaine is an electrical engineer and works in electrical sales. Together they have three wonderful kids-Taylour, Tanner and Hannah. Taylour recently graduated from OSU and works in Tulsa. Tanner attends college in Brooklyn, NY and Hannah attends college in Springfield, MO.  They also have two labs: one black and one chocolate. Do not ask about the kids or dogs unless you want to see pictures.
    Email: lbunch@arokoffice.org

  • Ida mcallister

    Bookkeeper Extraordinaire 


    Ida is the former Office Manager for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. After 17 years of faithful service to the synod, Ida has chosen to "mostly retire" by staying on staff as very part time, doing the bookkeeping.
    Email: ida@arokoffice.org

  • rev carl hoffman

    Call Process Administrator


    Pastor Carl Hoffman joined the synod staff to help expedite the call process.  He lives in Arkansas still, but visits with Bishop Mike weekly via phone and comes to the Tulsa office at least once a month for meetings.  Pastor Carl is currently serving as the interim pastor at Joy Lutheran Church in Tulsa.
    Email: carlhoffman7@gmail.com