Teams and Committees

In addition to our SYNOD COUNCIL, the Primary Table of our synod, several groupings exist to strengthen ministry in our synod.

Interested in joining? Contact the chair to learn more.

  • BUILDING PUENTES TEAM – organizes synod efforts building more intentional relationship with our siblings in the ELCA Caribbean Synod in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria
  • CANDIDACY COMMITTEE participates in the churchwide process of discernment, preparation and formation leading to approval for public ministry in the ELCA in partnership with candidates, congregations and seminaries.
  • ECUMENICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE provides counsel on and helps maintain the ecumenical relations of the synod.
  • FINANCE COMMITTEE provides for 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.
  • 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 involvement.
  • NEW & RENEWING MISSIONS TABLE helps start new congregations and ministries in our synod and assists efforts to renew or grow an existing congregations.
  • NEW CONNECTIONS STEERING COMMITTEE guides the campaign to help synod congregations connect with 3,000 new people in the Washington D.C. area over the next three years (starting in 2017) by investing new financial resources in developing church leadership, growing existing congregations, planting new ministries, and supporting church growth throughout the U.S.
  • RACIAL EQUITY TEAM offers leadership to our commitment to the work of confronting racism and moving toward equity and justice in the world.
  • STEWARDSHIP & MISSION SUPPORT TABLE helps congregations improve financial stewardship and inspires giving to the larger church.
  • SYNOD ASSEMBLY PLANNING TEAM facilitates the regularly held meeting of voting members of the synod which is its highest legislative authority.

The following standing committees are served by elected members.

  • COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE stands ready to be called upon in case need of 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 reelection. 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)
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  • 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 reelection. 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 (elected 2018)
    • Barbara Topel (2020)
    • Kathryn Wahl (2020)
    • The Rev. Scott Zimmerer (elected 2018)

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