Lisa Polito to Step Aside; Search Begins for New Executive Director

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Deaconess Lisa Polito, longtime Executive Director of the LDA, announced in July her plans to step aside at the end of 2024.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Beloved Friends of the LDA,

It’s time. I have loved nearly every day of my 22 years at the LDA! After leading this organization as Executive Director since 2008, it’s time for me to step aside and for someone new to love and serve the LDA. December 31, 2024, will be my last day.

A search team named by the Personnel Committee of the LDA Board is hard at work to find the next Executive Director. I’m excited about the new person who will lead the LDA and grow this ministry through faithful, generous people like you!

I treasure our friendship and partnership formed through our shared love of the LDA’s mission. And I’m still excited about serving these next 18 months and assisting in a smooth transition.

It’s time. I know God will continue to bless the LDA. Thank you for your love and support, and prayers for the work of the search team. The search team will have further details on the nomination and application process this fall; information will be posted on the LDA’s website, If you have questions, please let me know.

Faith and Service in Christ,


Dear Friends of the LDA,

We invite you to pray with us as we enter into this time of searching for a new Executive Director for the LDA. We offer the following prayers for your reflection, but please feel free to use another or develop your own.

O God, during this time of seeking a new Executive Director for the LDA, grant wisdom and discernment to the Search Committee in its important work. Stir the hearts of those who may be called to serve as Executive Director. Sustain the ministry of the LDA. Hold lovingly in your hand Lisa, the LDA staff, the board, the deaconess and deacon communities, the students, and those who support this ministry. Bless all who receive love, care, and support from LDA deaconesses and deacons who serve Christ by walking with those the world easily forgets: the marginalized, the poor, the powerless, the sick. We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

With gratitude for your prayerful support,

LDA Executive Director Search Committee

Working Timeline, LDA Executive Director Search Committee

  • July 2023: Public retirement announcement of Deaconess Lisa Polito.
  • September 2023: Executive Director job description and nomination/application information sent to the LDA diaconate (Lutheran Deaconess Conference and Community of Lutheran Deacons). Call for nominations to the position.*
  • Fall 2023: Lutheran Deaconess Conference, Community of Lutheran Deacons, and other LDA constituencies enter a time of prayer and discernment.
  • January 12, 2024: Nominations due. Invitations to apply sent.
  • April 8, 2024: Applications due.
  • Summer 2024: Search Committee conducts in-person interviews.
  • November 1, 2024: Intended first day of the new Executive Director.
  • December 31, 2024: Deaconess Lisa Polito’s final day as Executive Director.

*Friends of the LDA who would like to nominate a consecrated LDA deaconess or deacon for the position of Executive Director, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs Deaconess Valerie Webdell at [email protected] or Deacon Andrew Stoebig at [email protected].