tablesIn addition to our SYNOD COUNCIL, the Primary Table of our synod, several groupings exist to strengthen ministry in our synod. Interested in this activity? Contact the chair of a committee, table or team to learn more.

  • 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.
    • Chair: Deacon Erin Swenson-Reinhold – erinsr05@gmail.com
  • ECUMENICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE provides counsel on and helps maintain the ecumenical relations of the synod.
    • Chair: The Rev. Thomas Prinz – taprinz323@gmail.com
  • 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.
    • Chair: Dr. John White – jwhite9@cox.net
  • 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.
    • Chair: The Rev. Bob Allard – bobandelsa@hotmail.com
  • NEW & RENEWING MISSIONS TABLE helps start new congregations and ministries in our synod and assists efforts to renew or grow an existing congregations.
    • Chair: The Rev. Joe Vought – pastorjoe@communitylutheran.org
  • 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 2017) by investing new financial resources in developing church leadership, growing existing congregations, planting new ministries, and supporting church growth throughout the U.S.
    • Chairs: The Rev. Beth Platz and Dr. Tommie Robinson, Jr. – newconnections@metrodcelca.org
  • RACIAL EQUITY TEAM offers leadership to our commitment to the work of confronting racism and moving toward equity and justice in the world.
    • Chair: The Rev. Karen Brau – seniorpastor@lutherplace.org
  • RETIRED PASTORS GROUP
    • Chair: The Rev. Bob Allard – bobandelsa@hotmail.com
  • STEWARDSHIP & MISSION SUPPORT TABLE helps congregations improve financial stewardship and inspires giving to the larger church.
    • Chair: The Rev. Jeanette Leisk – jleisk@gmail.com
  • SYNOD ASSEMBLY PLANNING TEAM facilitates the regularly held meeting of voting members of the synod which is its highest legislative authority.
    • Chair: The Rev. Margrethe Kleiber – msckleiber@hotmail.com

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 Richard Graham
    • The Rev. Susanne Blume (2019)
    • The Rev. Kate Davidson (2017)
    • William Dinnison (2021)
    • The Rev. Mark Edwards (2017)
    • The Rev. Renata Eustis (2019)
    • The Rev. Douglas Jones (2019)
    • Marshall Love (2019)
    • The Rev. David Slagel Peck (2021)
    • Lee Shields (2017)
    • Robin Taylor (2017)
    • Paula Wester (2019)
    • (1) Unfilled – Lay person
  • 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. Janice Mynchenberg (2022)
    • The Rev. Beth Neubauer (2018)
    • The Rev. Mark Olsen (2018)
    • Paul Ramshaw (2018)
    • Barbara Topel (2020)
    • Kathryn Wahl (2020)
    • (1) Unfilled – Lay person