As assistant to the bishop, Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick provides support and oversight for the life of the Synod, its congregations, and its rostered leaders, primarily in the conferences west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She coordinates support for the Synod candidacy committee, oversees the ministry of the Synod’s First Call Theological Education, and Boundary Training. She also coordinates the Synod’s justices ministries (Tapestry, VICPP, World Hunger, and other ELCA justice initiatives). Rev. Bayer Derrick represents the bishop and the Synod office at appropriate meetings and events west of the Blue Ridge.