- Nominations for Clegy on Synod Council &
- Recommend Someone for a Call
- Recent Calls
- Continuing Education
- Annual Report to Bishop
- Compensation Guidelines
- Interested in serving?
- Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
Nominations for Clergy Elections
There are three clergy seats on Synod Council up for
election this year.
- Ohio-Kanawha Valley Conference --- Theolbald-Rowlands
is incumbent eligible for a second term
- Potomac Conference --- Olson is terming off
- Upper Ohio Valley Conference --- Smith is terming off
Also to be elected is a clergy seat on the Consultation
Committee. Campbell's one-year vacancy election is ending,
and she is eligible for election to a regular term.
Folks can commend themselves to the Nominations Committee
during this public input phase. You can also nominate
someone for a position even if you are not yourself in the
conference slotted for that position.
More information about these positions (and the other
positions) to be elected by the 2019 Synod Assembly as
well as the online Nomination Public Input Form can be
found on the Nominations
Recommend Someone for a Call
If you know someone that you would recommend for a call
in this synod, contact +Riegel. At present, we have one
active search: Grace, Petersburg, has been vacant since
mid-June 2017. It is a full-time, solo,
single-congregation call at low number of years
compensation with parsonage.
We have two new colleagues under call in the synod.
- The Rev. James "Jim" Wicker has been issued a
term-call (with possibility of regular call) by Cross of
Grace Lutheran Church, Hurricane, WV. Wicker has
actually been on the territory for over two years, being
on-leave from call on the roster of the NW Ohio Synod.
Wicker has been doing supply work since summer 2017 and
has been interim at Cross of Grace (with possibility of
call) since early fall 2018. Wicker's installation will
be 17 March 2019, 4:00 PM.
- The Rev. Susan Claytor has accepted a call to serve
the newly yoked St. Luke's-St. Stephen's ecumenical
ministry in Beckley, WV. Claytor (TEC) began duties 1
March 2019. She joins us from her previous call in
Synod Clergy Continuing Education
The Fall 2019 Synod Clergy Continuing Ed event will be
held at Chief Logan State Park (just north of Logan, WV),
8-10 October 2019. The Continuing Ed Committee is still
working on the topic. We'll post it here once we have the
topic and speaker(s) confirmed. This will be a three day
event, projected to start after lunch on Tuesday and wrap
up before lunch on Thursday.
Blackwater Falls SP, the site of our last event, received
such positive reviews that the committee decided to look
into other state parks. Chief Logan SP was selected
because of its cost and amenities plus to have a location
in the southern tier of our territory.
Pr. Casey Leineman (MVMC)
Pr. Kevin Mackey (OKVC)
Pr. Christine Olson (PC)
Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC)
At the Winter 2018 Synod Clergy Continuing Education
Event, the presbyteral college elected to establish a
committee for the design, planning, and management of
synod sponsored clergy continuing education with one
representative from each of the four conferences. It is
worth noting that CA97.2.7(a)(1)(a) encourages "a minimum
of 50 contact hours per year of intentional continuing
education, or 150 contact hours each three-year period."
Synod Cont. Ed, as we currently have it configured, only
provides 8-10 per year.
Serving on the the Continuing Ed Committee we have Pr.
Christine Olson (PC), Pr. Kevin Mackey (OKVC), Pr. Casey
Leineman (MVMC), and Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC), with Bp.
Riegel as an advisory member. Synod clergy should feel
free to talk to their conference's committee member about
ideas and concerns related to continuing ed.
LARCUM 2019: Christianity & Civil
The WV Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist
Dialogue will be held 9-12 September 2019 at the John XXIII
Pastoral Center, Charleston, WV, under the "Christianity
& Civil Government: History, Theology, Implications."
This event usually provides 10-12 contact hours.
Scholarships are available for first time participants.
Registration info is not yet online, but (if you have a
facebook account) you can follow develops for this specific
LARCUM (2019) at https://www.facebook.com/events/237249680228634/.
Remember, the fbEvent is not a registration for the event,
but, by RSVPing there, you will get updates on registration
and related matters. So, RSVP today. If you would like to
join the WV LARCUM conversation on facebook, click https://www.facebook.com/WVLARCUM
SELA: The Opioid Crisis: Seeking a Faithful Response
SELA is planning a two-day symposium on the opioid crisis
to be held in Gettysburg, PA, 8-9 November 2019. A mix of
plenary presentations and concurrent workshops are
planned. The concurrent workshops will be arranged in
three tracks: social ministry, pastoral care, and
theology. A facebook event has already been created. RSVP
on facebook to get updates and converse with
The Symposium of Evangelical Lutheranism in Appalachia
(SELA) is an outgrowth of the Appalachian Consultation,
the process which followed the dissolution of ELCMA.
The SCALDers haven't started thinking about SCALD
III, but they know there is going to be a SCALD III.
SCALD (Symposium for Central Appalachian
Lutheran Dogmatics) is designed as a day of theological
discussion, employing the symposium model. Presenters
give papers with discussion of those papers open to all
participants. It is about providing an intellectually
engaging and profitable opportunity for rank and file
pastors and lay theologians (amateur and professional)
to test their all too often private ruminations among
those capable of being critical and convivial at the
SCALD II, meeting in Keyser,
WV, on 21 Feb 2019, saw a doubling of attendance over
SCALD I, with 30 participating, representing 6 ELCA
judicatories (WV-WMD, LSS, Allegheny, MNYS, NC, and
Del-MD). There were 2 non-ELCA folks there (TEC and
UCC). There were 6 laity and 24 clergy. One of the lay
participants, a seminarian from LSTC, even road the
train overnight to attend.
SCALD II's papers...
- The Rev. Christine Olson --- Ask, Search, Knock.
Opened? A Case for a Theology of Prayer in a "Just Do
- The Rev. Brian McClinton --- "You mean we can't
sing Pass it on in Church": Hymnody and the
theological importance in Christian education
- The Rev. Jonathon Jenkins --- A (More)
- Vr. James Demmel --- On the Concept of Irony
with Continual Reference to Kierkegaard
- Dr. Eric Crump --- Shameless - and Mindless: A
Proposed ‘Sexual Reformation’ in Need of Enlightenment
Until the SCALDers get a proper page set up, you
can indicate your interest in SCALD III by visiting
SCALD II's facebook
event and posting in the comments thread. That way the
SCALDers will know to let you know about SCALD III.
BTW, in the photo at right is The Rev. Elizabeth Hadaway, at
SCALD I, delivering her paper, "The Babylonian Captivity of
the Clergy Spouse," a very interesting critique of commonly
held ideas about the role of the clergy spouse in light of Augustana
XIV, XVI, and XXIII.
First Call Theological Education
CA95.6.55 ...To require, by the fall of 1997, that
all newly rostered pastors and lay leaders
participate, throughout their first three
years of ministry under call, in structured programs
of theological education, designed and supervised by
their synods, according to churchwide standards;....
The 1995 ELCA Churchwide Assembly mandated continuing
education for the first three years of called ministry.
The synods of Region 8, compacting, even during the
preceding two-year pilot phase, to establish a region-wide
approach, developed a program featuring an annual plenary
retreat and regular geographical cohort groups. The annual
3-day retreat is held in early November not far from
Gettysburg, PA. The geographical cohort is currently run
on a synodical basis with the bishop having direct
oversight. The cohort has begun meeting on a nearly
monthly basis. All new first-call pastors and deacons will
be contacted by the bishop with details related to this
Rostered Minister's Report to Bishop
The governing documents of our church state the
S14.15. Each minister of Word and Sacrament on the
roster of this synod shall submit a report of his or
her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90
days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod
*C9.13. The pastor(s) shall submit a report of his
or her ministry to the bishop of the synod at least 90
days prior to each regular meeting of the Synod
Pursuant to these provisions, all rostered leaders (under
call or not) are required to submit said report by 2 March
2019. An accepted report form may be downloaded from the
ELCA Office of the Secretary Website. The report form is
in PDF. Be sure to save the report before exiting or you
will lose your information. After completing, email to
Bishop@WV-WMD.org with the subject line, "Rostered
Minister Report." If you have questions about how to
complete the report, contact +Riegel. Here are the links.
Select the report that is appropriate to you.
Please note, WV-WMD Synod does not currently have any
Ministers of Word & Service on the roster. Omission of
these forms is not intended as an insult. As soon as
WV-WMD has deacons, the forms will go up. Until then, we
wish to avoid people filling out the wrong form
Oh, though the reports are late, at this point, +Riegel
will still take them.
Pastoral Compensation Guidelines etc.
The guidelines for 2019 pastoral compensation are posted
The form, Definition
of Compensation, Benefits, And Responsibilities for
Ministers of Word and Sacrament Under Call,
can be downloaded from the ELCA resource cache (by
clicking the linked title). This form should be completed
as part of the call process. From time to time, it should
be reviewed by both the pastor and the congregation.
Sabbatical & Family Leave
Synod Assembly 2000 adopted sabbatical guidelines,
amending them in 2001. These guidelines are under review,
but, in the meantime, they provide a basis for a
congregation and its pastor to discuss the granting of a
sabbatical. As guidelines, they may be modified to meet
local conditions. Any sabbatical represents a mutual
understanding between the congregation and its pastor.
Contact the bishop if you would like assistance navigating
the issues connected to sabbatical. To download the WV-WMD
Sabbatical Guidelines, click here.
The Synod also adopted guidelines for family leave. This
guideline covers maternity/paternity and the care of ill
family members when the providing of such care requires
extended absence from pastoral duties. To download the WV-WMD Family
Leave Guidelines, click here.
Interested in Serving in WV-WMD
Are you a pastor of the ELCA (or full-communion partner)
interested in learning more about WV-WMD? Drop us a line.
You can email the +Riegel at Bishop@WV-WMD.org or call the
office (304-363-4030). There is plenty to commend service
and life in our mountains and in our valleys. Like
Nebraska, it's not for everyone, but, for those who aren't
afraid of an adventure, we have a great mix of challenge
Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
The WV-WMD Synod has conducted a rostered leader debt
reduction program since 2002. Through this program, pastors
and deacons with educational debt can be assisted with
payment on the principal. The Rostered Leader Debt Reduction
Fund is supported by voluntary contributions by individuals,
congregations, church-related auxiliaries, and a line item
in the synod budget. The amount in the fund is expended each
fiscal year as direct payments to lending agencies.
Guidelines for the Rostered Leader Debt Reduction Program
can be downloaded
here. The next grant cycle will open in December 2019.