About Us

Heart River Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), serving Mandan, Bismarck and the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center. We have a unique mission, worshiping weekly with incarcerated youth in Hope Chapel on the YCC campus. In recent years, our mission has extended beyond our walls to help youth transition into healthier situation upon leaving YCC. We can only make this happen with the loving support of many congregations across the Western North Dakota Synod and the whole state.

Sunday Worship: 10am


Your support helps to sustain our ministry with the youth of NDYCC.

Recent Posts

Feasts, Kings, and the Assumptions We Carry

October 11, 2020 Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Deacon Alex Benson Grace, peace, and mercy are yours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This parable of Jesus is what some might call “a little extra.” To be “extra” is to be over the top, too much, a lot to handle. Jesus often told these parables, or stories, […]

Forgiveness and Freedom

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 Deacon Alex Benson Grace, peace, and mercy are yours from our God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Amen. Matthew and I have been playing a lot of board games since this pandemic started. I’m sure our relationship dynamics while playing these games could be […]

The Hiddenness of the Kingdom of God

8th Sunday after Pentecost Heart River Lutheran Church July 26, 2020 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 I like butterflies. It’s easy to notice a glorious Monarch butterfly as it glides slowly by, illuminating the light of the sun in the glow of its magnificent wings. And there are a few other butterflies that also get some recognition: […]

Archived Posts



Heart River Lutheran Church is located in the chapel on the campus of the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center, just on the west edge of Mandan. The north entrance to campus is currently closed. Please use the south enterance from Highway 6.

Drive south on Highway 6, taking the first right turn after crossing the bridge over the Heart River. Make another right turn down and around the hill into the south end of the YCC campus. Please disregard the "No Trespassing" sign and know you are welcome to come for church!

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