Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke

The Bishop of the synod is responsible for the general oversight and encouragement of pastors, deacons, congregations, and other ministry sites. Please contact the synod office to ask for appointments with the Bishop.

Reverend Susan Kintner
Assistant to the Bishop

The Assistant to the Bishop works in all areas of ministry as needed, but has a special focus on mobility issues for rostered leaders and call processes for congregations. She also has a passion for healthy leaders and works with congregations on evaluation processes and mission discernment.

Reverend Glenn Chase
Director of Evangelical Mission

The Rev. Glenn Chase is an employee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, working under the direction of the Oregon Synod Bishop. His areas of focus are Mission Support, congregational benevolence and Ethnic specific ministry support.

Jan Wierima
Executive Assistant

Jan brings significant experience and skills to her new role at the Synod Office.  She has over 20 years’ experience in both public and private sector organizations doing program design, development, and support.

She is a ‘specialist’ at bringing diverse partners together to forge vision and create on-the-ground practice that works.  Her work with faith communities has included process design and facilitation, strategic planning, and council retreats as a member of the Synod Church Council Training Team.

Jan has a degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a post graduate certificate in Process, Consultation, and Training from the Institute of Pastoral Ministries at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  She is a current member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham.

One of Jan’s professional focus areas involves helping organizations with emerging change–developing systems that encourage diversity, nurture ideas, and provide thoughtful care and support for both individuals and teams along the way.
Jan has two sons and lives in Boring.  Besides her work with the Synod Church Council Training team, Jan volunteers as a resource for families facing the journey of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

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