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The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service.

Welcome Anna Skare and Zach Croonquist – 2019-2020 YAGMs

Over the past three years, Central has had the annual privilege of getting to know and partially supporting two young adults in their year of service under the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program.  We now welcome Anna Skare, whose assignment is Jerusalem/West Bank, and Zach Croonquist, posted in Belgrade, Serbia.

Anna grew up in St. Michel, just northwest of Minneapolis, and is a member of Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, where her parents are pastors.  She graduated from the University Wisconsin, Eau Claire, majoring in organizational communication and event planning. She was drawn to the YAGM experience by a former participant who encouraged her to apply, telling her it had been a tough year, but one of significant growth.

Zach comes from New Hope and is a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Plymouth. He is a fourth generation graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he majored in religion and psychology. During his first year at Gustavus, he heard a presentation on the YAGM program and was captivated by the concept of accompaniment, of being present to people and recognizing our common humanity. Each year as he heard another YAGM story, he sensed a strong call to international service and decided to apply. Zach’s service is with the Center for Youth Integration, a drop-in center for young people in Belgrade.


ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Support

Anna Skare – serving in Jerusalem/West Bank

Zach Croonquiest – serving Belgrade, Serbia


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