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Synod Council

What is the Virginia Synod Council?

The Synod Council serves a visionary role in the Virginia Synod. In conjunction with the Office of the Bishop, the Council reviews and coordinates all planning proposals and establishes synod priorities. The members of Synod share their various gifts for the purposes of God’s mission and ministry through the Virginia Synod and through the churchwide organization of the ELCA. The Synod Council is elected by the yearly Assembly of voting members from each congregation.

The Virginia Synod Council also serves as the board of directors of the Virginia Synod and meets quarterly to supervise the administration of the Synod. These leaders are elected by the Synod Assembly. The Synod Council is composed of members of congregations from across the Virginia Synod, including both rostered ministers (pastors and deacons) and laypeople (those not ordained).

Officers

The Synod Council Roster 2019-2020  has a complete list of Synod Council members, Advisory members, and Synod staff.

The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey

Bishop

Charles Downs 

Vice President

Blythe Ann Scott

Secretary

Dan Kahill

Treasurer

Class of 2020

The Rev. Chris Carr
Clergy Member
Richmond Conference
Second Term Concludes 2020

The Rev. Lauren Miller Eanes
Clergy Member
Southern Valley Conference
Second Term Concludes 2020

The Rev. Meredith Williams
Clergy Member
Southern Conference
Second Term Concludes 2020

Judy Casteele
Lay Member
Southern Valley Conference
First Term Concludes 2020

Timothy Hoffstaetter
Youth Lay Member
Tidewater Conference
Term Concludes 2020

Class of 2021

The Rev. Jonathan Boynton
Clergy Member
Northern Valley Conference
First Term Concludes 2021

The Rev. Leslie Weber
Clergy Member
Tidewater Conference
First Term Concludes 2021

Tyler Wertman
Lay Member
Southern Valley Conference
First Term Concludes 2021

Rick Corliss
Lay Member
Tidewater Conference
First Term Concludes 2021

Isaac Wilson
Young Adult Representative
Germanna Conference
First Term Concludes 2021

Class of 2022

Molly Beyer
Lay Member
Northern Valley Conference
Second Term Concludes 2022

Darrell Short
Lay Member
Page Conference
Second Term Concludes 2022

Carlton Hardy
Lay Member
Peninsulas Conference
First Term Concludes 2022

Pat Hunter
Lay Member
Highlands Conference
First Term Concludes 2022

Liz Leonard
Lay Member
Southern Conference
First Term Concludes 2022

The Rev. Harry Griffith
Clergy Member
Tidewater Conference
First Term Concludes 2022

Advisory Members

John Lasher
President, Lutheran Men in Mission

George Kegley
Editor Virginia Lutheran

Jody Smiley
President Virginia Synod Women’s Org

Ned Wisnesfske
Chair Candidacy Committee

The Rev. Anne Jones Martin
Chair, Ministerium Team