//Virginia Synod Staff
Virginia Synod Staff 2018-02-26T09:19:26+00:00

Bishop Robert F. Humphrey

Synodical Bishop

Bishop Robert F. Humphrey offers leadership for our Synod and all our rostered ministers under the vision that we are all Ambassadors for Christ. His genuine love for people and the Gospel can be seen as he travels throughout the Synod. For the entire areas of responsibility for the bishop, please refer to Chapter 8 (Officers) of the Virginia Synod Constitution and find information regarding the bishop under Sections 8.10 to 8.12.02.

The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey, Bishop
P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA 24153

Virginia Synod Staff

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick

Assistant to The Bishop

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.

The Rev. Dave Delaney

Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Dave Delaney provides vision and strategy for, outreach to, and formation of, Virginia Synod ELCA youth and young adults as Ambassadors for Christ. His main responsibilities include synod youth ministry, campus ministry, outdoor ministry, congregational resourcing for youth and young adult ministry, as well as being a representative of the bishop.

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA  24153
(c) 540-529-6893
(o) 540-389-1000

Rebecca Walls

Administrative Assistant to the Bishop/Office Administrator
Financial Bookkeeper

As administrative assistant to the bishop, Rebecca Walls is Bishop Humphrey’s right-hand woman.  She manages the bishop’s calendar and coordinates his travel and meeting arrangements.  Rebecca functions as the liaison for the call process with congregational call committees and as the bishop’s liaison with ecumenical leaders in Virginia. As the office administrator, she provides office services by implementing administrative systems, policies, and procedures, monitoring administrative projects, and providing supervision of support staff in the Office of the Bishop. As bookkeeper, she also handles the fundamental aspects of the synod’s financial record keeping system including managing accounts payable and receivable

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA 24153
(c) 540-598-1342
(o) 540-389-1000

Emily Pilat

Director of Communications

Emily Pilat works to communicate the story and mission of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as to educate and equip members of the Virginia Synod to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an ever-changing world. As the director of communications, she is the one to set and guide the strategy for all communications and public messages of the Virginia Synod. Emily is responsible for the synod website, publicizing events, the synod e-news, social media, and other forms of communication.

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA 24153
(c) 540-855-7455
(w) 540-389-1000

Lenae Osmondson

Administrative Assistant in the Eastern Office of the Bishop

Lenae Osmondson works out of our Synod Office located in Norfolk. She provides administrative support for the synodical minister for Christian faith formation, synodical minister for healthy leadership and wellness, and the stewardship specialist in the areas of event planning, scheduling, record keeping, communication and publicity, finances, and technical support. Lenae provides administrative support for our ACTS (Ambassadors Community for Theological Study) and Roots & Wings programs, synod council, and our annual Gathering of the Ministerium.

1301 Colley Ave.
Norfolk, VA  23517

Tammy Kasper

Administrative Assistant

If you call into the Synod office in Salem you may hear Tammy’s cheerful voice answer the phone. As administrative assistant, she performs general office support for the Synod office, which includes managing and distributing information within the Office of the Bishop. Tammy provides administrative support with registration for major events in the Synod.

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA  24153

Richard Hoffman

Financial Consultant

Richard Hoffman is our financial consultant responsible for the accounting operations of the synod.  In conjunction with the synod treasurer and financial bookkeeper, he is responsible for collating, preparing and interpreting reports, budgets, accounts, commentaries and financial statements, controlling income, cash flow and expenditure, supervising staff and liaising with synod staff and other colleagues.

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA 24153

George “Skip” Zubrod

Financial Consultant, Non-Stipendiary

Skip Zubrod is our financial consultant, non-stipendiary. He serves as an assistant to the elected Treasurer of the Virginia Synod, the Bishop, and the paid Financial Consultant of the Virginia Synod. The Financial Consultant, Non-Stipendiary works to support the mission of the Virginia Synod in being Ambassador’s for Christ. The Financial Consultant, Non-Stipendiary will work with the Bishop, Synod Council, and Synod Staff and assist in matters of financial planning, check signing, financial advice for the Synod and other financial matters as requested by the Bishop.

P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA 24153

Extended Staff Related to the Virginia Synod

Power in the Spirit Coordinator

The Rev. David C. Drebes
PO Box 626
319 Orkney Grade
Basye, VA 22810
(540) 856-8389

Editor, The Virginia Lutheran

George A. Kegley
301 Tinker Creek Lane, N.E.
Roanoke, VA 24019
(H) 540-366-4607

Editor, The Virginia Lutheran
ForwardingFaith Campaign Manager

The Rev. Dwayne Westermann
P.O. Box 20221
Roanoke, VA 24018
(H) 540-774-5954

Designated Liaison for Mobility

The Rev. Bill Stewart
2120 Arden Creek Way, Apt 5112
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(H) 434-962-3587

Region 9 Candidacy and Leadership Manager

The Rev. Ruth E. Hamilton Ph.D.

ACTS Director

The Rev. Karen R, Taylor