Assembly of the West Virginia-Western
2018 proved to be one of the heaviest years for the an
elections committee. Sixteen people were elected out of a
field of fifty-five nominees. Multiple runoffs were
required, one seat going four ballots.
Per our governing documents,
Council shall be the board of directors of this
synod and shall serve as its interim legislative
authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. It
may make decisions that are not in conflict with
actions taken by the Synod Assembly or that are not
precluded by provisions of this constitution or the
constitution and bylaws of the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America.
functions of the Synod Council shall be to:
trusteeship responsibilities on behalf of this
goals and budgets to the regular meetings of the
c.Carry out the
resolutions of the Synod Assembly.
d. Provide for an
annual review of the roster of Ministers of Word and
Sacrament and the roster of Ministers of Word and
Service, receive and act upon appropriate
recommendations regarding those persons whose status
is subject to reconsideration and action under the
constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, and make a report to the Synod
Assembly of the Synod Council’s actions in this
e.Issue letters of
call to rostered ministers as authorized by Chapter
7 of the constitution and bylaws of the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America.
vacancies until the next regular meeting of the
Synod Assembly, except as may otherwise be provided
in the constitution or bylaws of this synod, and
determine the fact of the incapacity of an officer
of this synod.
actions to the regular meeting of the Synod
h. Perform such other
functions as are set forth in the bylaws of this
synod, or as may be delegated to it by the Synod
In practice, Synod Council meets face-to-face four times a
year and, as needed, meets by teleconference. The
face-to-face meetings are typically held on Saturdays and
usually in the Fairmont, WV, but we have been known to hold
the periodic Friday-Saturday retreat and meet in other
places. It is incumbent upon Synod Council members to study
materials prepared for the meetings and to be in attendance
unless good cause may shown for the absence. It is helpful
to have access to email.
Synod Council Positions
Mon Valley-Mountain Conference
Ohio-Kanawha Valley Conference
Upper Ohio Valley Conference
Senior, Junior, or Sophomore in high
school at time of election.
The Consultation Committee plays a role in both conflict
resolution and discipline. Though rarely activated---some
have served their entire term without being activated---when
it is, the work is challenging, demanding good listening and
observational skills, analytic ability, a commitment to
justice and equity, prudence, the ability to maintain
discretion and confidentiality, and an understanding of
Consultation Committee Positions
Number to be
Ineligible: Pr. R. Paul Schafer, Pr.
Matt Holbert, Pr. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands, and Pr.
Diane Day, Linda Muhly
Ineligible: Mrs. Dorcas Freidline,
Mrs. Pam Pritt, Mr. Steve Gnegy, Mrs. Dinah
Courrier, Ms. Jeannie LeMasters, and Mrs. Jane
The Discipline Committee plays a roll in the discipline of
ministers and members of the synod and its congregations. It
is a twelve member committee, and, in the event of
discipline hearing, a specified number of the committee
members are selected for service. A discipline hearing
involves the hearing of testimony, rendering judgment, and
imposing discipline in cases of guilt. This committee has
never met in this synod, but, should it be called upon,
those serving will find it challenging work, demanding good
listening and observational skills, analytic ability, a
commitment to justice and equity, prudence, the ability to
maintain discretion and confidentiality, and an
understanding of human nature.
Discipline Committee Positions
Number to be
Pr. Sally Bartling, Pr. Jason Felici, Pr. Carl
Ames, Pr. Ian Ried, and Pr. Paul Schafer.APPENDIX D
Anthony Setley, Matt Day
Mrs. Tamara Riegel,
Mr. Don L. Heare, Mr. Paul Wangerin, Mr. Joseph
Solberg, Mrs. Norma Gensler, and APPENDIX D
Mr. Jim Nichols.
Brandon Mitchell, Nancy Weeks
Churchwide Assembly 2019
Voting members of the Churchwide Assembly participate in the
highest legislative authority in the ELCA. Roughly 900
voting members from across the 65 synods of the ELCA.
Service requires commitment to participate in the week-long
event to be held in August 5-10, 2019, in Milwaukee. The
cost of transportation and lodging is covered by the ELCA.
Churchwide Assembly Positions
Person of Color or Primary Language
other than English
Person of Color (includes all
non-anglo and mixed race persons) or Primary
Language other than English