About Us

Heart River Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), serving Mandan, Bismarck, the Heart River Correctional Center, and the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center. We have a unique mission, worshiping weekly with women or youth who are in corrections.

Sunday Worship: 10am

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There are many ways to be part of this wonderful ministry. The first thing you can do is pray. Pray for God's creative and redemptive work through us. Pray for how God might be calling you. Then, come and see what God is doing.


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Our mission has extended beyond our walls to help those in the criminal justice system into healthier situations upon leaving corrections. We can only make this happen with the loving support of many congregations across the Western North Dakota Synod and the whole state. Your tax-deductible monetary support helps to sustain this important ministry of our whole church.



Heart River Lutheran Church is located in the chapel on the campus of the Heart River Correctional Center and North Dakota Youth Correctional Center, just on the west edge of Mandan. Though it is a correctional center, there are no gates. You are welcome to enter for church.

Primary South Entrance
How to get here from Highway 6

North Entrance
How to get here from Main Street (Old Highway 10)

Recent Posts

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We Wish to See Jesus: John 12:20-33

By Paul Kadrmas / March 17, 2024

What if God was one of us? If we wish to see Jesus, we must look to the cross.


Faith: A Reflection on John 3:16

By Paul Kadrmas / March 10, 2024

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Faith has the power to make us whole.

Jeremiah 29:11

By Admin / November 14, 2023

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your wellbeing and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.