In addition to our Synod Council, the Primary Table of our synod, several other tables, teams and committees help to strengthen ministry in our synod. 


The New & Renewing Missions Table helps to start new congregations and ministries in our synod as well as assist with efforts to renew or grow existing congregations. 

Table Chair: The Rev. Shannon Anderson –

Learn more about this table by clicking here.

The Stewardship and Mission Support Table helps congregations improve their financial stewardship and inspires giving to the larger church through workshops and education. 

Chair: The Rev. Darcy Tillman at 


The following standing committees are served by elected members:

The Committee on Discipline stands ready to be called upon if a disciplinary process arises during oversight of pastoral and congregational relationships in the synod. Persons on this committee of 12 (half ordained ministers and half lay people) are elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years without consecutive re-election.

Currently serving are (term concludes after Synod Assembly in year indicated):

  • Chair: Bishop Leila Ortiz
  • The Rev. Susanne Blume (2019)
  • William Dinnison (2021)
  • The Rev. Renata Eustis (2019)
  • Marshall Love (2019)
  • The Rev. David Slagel Peck (2021)
  • Paula Wester (2019)
  • (6) Unfilled

The Consultation Committee stands ready to be called upon when there is disagreement among factions within a congregation on a substantive issue which cannot be resolved by the parties, even after initial consultation with the synod bishop. Persons on this committee of 12 (half ordained ministers; half lay people) are elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years without consecutive re-election. Currently serving are (term concludes after Synod Assembly in year indicated):

  • Karen Consiglio (2022)
  • The Rev. Renata Eustis (2022)
  • Suzanne Hazard (2018)
  • The Rev. Thomas Knoll (2020)
  • The Rev. Jeanne Lowe (2020)
  • The Rev. Beth Neubauer (2018)
  • The Rev. Mark Olsen (2018)
  • Paul Ramshaw (2018)
  • Michael Sonnenberg (2024)
  • Barbara Topel (2020)
  • Kathryn Wahl (2020)
  • The Rev. Scott Zimmerer (2024)


The Building Puentes team organizes synod efforts to build a more intentional relationship with our siblings in the ELCA Caribbean Synod along with the Delaware-Maryland Synod. 

Learn more about Building Puentes by clicking here. 

Chair: The Rev. Carmelo Santos –

The Candidacy Committee participates in the church-wide process of discernment, preparation and formation leading to approval for public ministry in the ELCA in partnership with candidates, congregations and seminaries.

Chair: Rev. Ben Hogue –

The Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations Committee provides counsel on and helps maintain the ecumenical relations of the synod.

Chair: Rev. Mark B. Brown – 

The Finance Committee provides responsible management of all financial assets of our synod, prepares an annual budget reflecting anticipated receipts and expenditures, and strengthens the financial position of our synod.

Chair: Julie Hamre, Synod Treasurer –

The Global Mission Committee enables congregations to proclaim Jesus Christ throughout the world by way of Companion Synod relationships with Lutheran churches in El Salvador, Namibia and Slovakia; advocacy for peace through the Middle East Working Group; ELCA Global Church Sponsorships; Gifts of Hope, local ELCA World Hunger efforts and other activities. Teams and groups within this active committee focus on involvement.

Chair:  Richard Graham –

The Mental Health and Self Care team offers guidance, resources and support for church leadership to stay healthy in ministry. 

Chair: The Rev. Dr. Karis Graham –

Learn more and get mental health resources here.

The New Connections Steering Committee guides the New Connections campaign to help synod congregations connect with 3,000 new people in the Washington D.C. area through June of 2020 by investing new financial resources in developing church leadership, growing existing congregations, planting new ministries, and supporting church growth throughout the U.S.

Campaign Director: Christy Hartigan –

The Racial Equity Team offers leadership in our commitment to the work of confronting racism and moving toward equity and justice in the world.

Chair: The Rev. Karen Brau –

Learn more and get anti-racism resources here.

Chair: The Rev. Bob Allard –

The Synod Assembly Planning Team facilitates the regularly held meeting of voting members of the synod which is its highest legislative authority. The team serves for a one year term to organize the Synod Assembly meeting.

Chair: The Rev. Wendy Moen – 

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P.O. Box 77245
Washington, DC 20013

305 E Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001


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