June 13-15, 2019

California University of Pennsylvania
Convocation Center

128 pastors, 6 deacons, 194 lay voting members, and 42 guests came together for the 32nd Annual Synod Assembly of the SWPA Synod ELCA. We recognized the 50th anniversary of ordination for Rev. E. Allen Scanlon and ordained Rev. Eric Damon into the ministry of word and sacrament.


ELECTION RESULTS of the 2019 SOUTHWESTERN PA SYNOD ASSEMBLY

SYNOD BISHOP -Term expires 2025
The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow

SYNOD VICE PRESIDENT - Term expires 2023
Barbara Nugent

SECRETARY - Term expires 2023
The Rev. William A. Schaefer

SYNOD COUNCIL
Terms Expire 2023; Youth Representative Term Expires 2021
Member at Large - The Rev. Sarah Rossing
Member at Large - Mr. Dennis T. Lane
Member at Large - Ms. Kelly Spanninger
Conference 1 Representative - The Rev. Susan A. G. Irons
Conference 2 Representative - Dr. Wendy Farone
Conference 3 Representative - The Rev. James V. Arter III
Conference 4 Representative  - Ms. Amy J. Schultz
Conference 5 Representative  - The Rev. Kerri L. Clark
Conference 6 Representative  - Ms. Myra L. Fozard
Young Adult - Ms. Fiona Lubold
Youth Representative - Mr. Noah Schaefer

COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE - Term expires 2025
The Rev. Heather S. Lubold; The Rev. Erin E. Evans

COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE - Term expires 2025
Sarah Lundie; Brian Kane

LUTHERAN SENIORLIFE – BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Term expires 2022
The Rev. Angela T. Smith

LUTHERAN SENIORLIFE – BOARD OF DIRECTORS -  Term expires 2022
Marilyn Landis, Kurt Herbst

LUTHERAN SERVICE SOCIETY – BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Term expires 2022
The Rev. Allyn K. Itterly; The Rev. Brandon A. Johns

OHIO VALLEY LUTHERAN BIBLE CAMP ASSOCIATION – CAMP AGAPE - Term expires 2022
Jill Shook; R. Brandon James




Keynote Speakers

Carrie Taneyhill, Deputy Director for Emergency Operations, Lutheran World Relief and Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service each presented on the global refugee crisis and the Lutheran organizations aiding in care for displaced people (lwr.org) and refugee resettlement (lirs.org).


Krish O’Mara Vignarajah

President and Ceo
Lirs (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service)


Krish is the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. She previously served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry.
 
Krish has committed her career to public service because she knows how differently life could have turned out. Krish was 9-months old when she and her family escaped a country on the brink of civil war and built a life in Maryland. Her parents came to this country with no jobs and $200 in their pockets.
[Read Her Full Bio Here]
 

Carrie Taneyhill

Deputy Director for Emergency Operations
Lutheran World Relief


Taneyhil has been deployed to several emergency responses such as the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and more recently the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake in Indonesia. Her experience ranges from managing programs in refugee camps in Africa to writing proposals to attending conferences and workshops in Europe. While most of her time is spent on new business development, in the past she managed LWR’s Quilt & Kit Ministry from the shipping and logistics perspective as well as LWR’s 4 grants through the Department of State – Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  In addition to these responsibilities she also manages emergency projects and is actively engaged in fostering a partnership with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD) network.  [Read Her Full Bio Here]




Churchwide Representative


Bill Horne

Vice President 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Vice President of the ELCA, Mr. William “Bill” Horne II presided over our election of a bishop and brought greetings from Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton.

Bill was elected to serve a six-year term as ELCA Vice President at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. Bill Horne grew up as a member of the National Baptist religious tradition and became a Lutheran while serving in the United States Air Force in 1982. Bill has served as congregational president in two ELCA congregations in Florida and is currently a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Florida. He served as a member of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Council and later as Synod Vice President.

Bill served on the ELCA Church Council, 2009-2015 and a member of the ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council, 2013-2015. He is currently serving as a member of the ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force and of the Lutheran Services Florida Board of Directors. 
[Read His Full Bio Here]

  
 “For Such a Time” Synod Assembly Video, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth
ELCA 2018 Annual Report Video 

 “For Such a Time” Synod Assembly Video

In her 2019 message to ELCA synod assemblies, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares what it means to be called "for such a time as this.”
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Annual Report Video

The ELCA churchwide organization works with synods and congregations to be church for the sake of the world. The annual report video highlights some of this work done globally, domestically and in our neighborhoods. 
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