Bishop Lanette L. Plambeck

Bishop Lanette L. Plambeck is the resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area. Prior to her election to the episcopacy in 2022, she served as the assistant to the bishop and director of Clergy & Leadership Excellence in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Plambeck has served in rural, county, and urban centers and in extension ministry as a college chaplain. Committed to ministry with new people and advancing the culture of call, she worked both to establish a local Pacific-Islander ministry with the Chuukese of Micronesia and to launch Fe y Esperanza UMC serving Spanish-speaking neighbors. A former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, Plambeck founded SoldierOn, a redemptive and restorative ministry with soldiers addressing moral trauma and the tragedy of war. She also launched Sister-to-Sister, a mental health and soul-care ministry for trauma survivors.

Plambeck earned her B.A. from Morningside University in Religious Studies and Political Science. She earned a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in evangelism at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and a Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, D.C.

An avid explorer of bookstores, antique shops, and art museums, Plambeck likes to kayak, travel, play board games, cook, bake, and find meaningful ways to celebrate holy days and holidays of the Christian year.