SYNOD COUNCIL2020-10-14T11:36:24-07:00


The Oregon Synod Council is a community of leaders elected by our membership to be about the work of active ministry and renewal. This page is your gateway to information, documentation and council initiatives. The Synod Council works under the oversight of our Oregon Synod Assembly, which is the highest legislative body for the ELCA here in Oregon.

2020 Council Members

Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar (2019-2025)


Vice President: Greg Shea (2019-2023)
Trinity, Gresham

Secretary: Deacon Sue Best (2019-2023)
Augustana, Portland

Treasurer: Mark Dickman (2018-2022)
Immanuel, Silverton

Cluster Representatives

Blue Mountain: Laurie Hackney (2018-2021)
Christ the King, Milton-Freewater

Columbia Coast: Tamra Taylor  (2019-2020)
Our Saviours, Seaside

Crater Lake: Gene Obie (2016-2022)
Ascension, Medford

Emerald: Rev. Dr. Daniel Schlewitz (2014-2020)
Our Redeemer, Eugene

High Desert: Betty Roppe (2015-2020)
Our Saviour’s, Prineville

Mt.Hood: Rev. Steve Carlson (2020)

Mt. Tabor: Rev. Elizabeth Larsen (2019-2022)
St. Mark’s Portland

Oregon Trail: Rev. Lorin Darst (2016-2022)
Macksburg, Canby

PLUM: Leif Rustvold (2018-2021)
Bethlehem, Portland

Rose: Andrew Ross    Rose (2016-2022)
St. Luke, Portland

Southern Coast: Mary Shultz (2020-2022)
Coos Bay

Sunset: Rev. David Eppelsheimer (2015-2021)
Community of ChristChurch, Hillsboro

Vineyard: Rev. Leah Stolte-Doerfler (2019-2020)
Immanuel, Silverton

Members at Large

Manuel Borbon    (2017-2020)
Mid-Willamette Valley Outreach

Bruce Anderson    (2018-2020)
Zion, La Grande

Mary Karter    (2016-2022)
Gethsemane, Portland

Rev. Lori Blake    (2014-2020)
New Life, Florence

Young Adult Representative

Nicole Poole    (2014-2020)
St. Paul, Portland

Youth Representative

Eli Kruger    (2019-2021)
Augustana, Portland

Churchwide Liaison

Rev. Linda Nou