SYNOD COUNCIL2019-09-18T13:25:59-07:00


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. Available minutes and council documentation is available through links listed in the right hand column.

2019 Council Members


Greg Shea    Vice President (2019)
Trinity, Gresham

Deacon Sue Best    Secretary (2019)
Augustana, Portland

Mark Dickman     Treasurer (2018-2022)
Immanuel, Silverton

Members at Large

Mary Karter                                               (2018-2019)

       Gethsemane, Portland

Tamra Taylor                  Columbia Coast          (2019)

    Our Saviour’s Seaside

Eli Kruger                                                    (2019- 2020)

    Augustana, Portland

Betty Roppe                                                (2019-2021)

    Our Savior’s, Prineville

Rev. Lori Blake    (2014-2019)
New Life, Florence

Manuel Borbon    (2016-2019)
First Immanuel, Portland

Bruce Anderson    (2018-2020)
Zion, La Grande

Niki Poole                                                              (2019)

St. Paul, Portland

Cluster Representatives

Laurie Hackney    Blue Mountain (2018-2020)
Christ the King, Milton-Freewater

Rev. Dan Schlewitz    Emerald (2014-2020)
Our Redeemer, Eugene

Vacant    Mt. Hood

Leif Rustvold    PLUM (2018-2020)
Bethlehem, Portland

Rev. David Eppelsheimer    Sunset (2015-2020)
Community of ChristChurch, Hillsboro

Gene Obie    Crater Lake (2016-2021)

    Ascension, Medford

Rev. Lorin Darst    Oregon Trail (2016-2021)
Macksburg, Canby

Andrew Ross    Rose (2016-2020)
St. Luke, Portland

Rev. Barbara Punch    High Desert (2013-2019)

Vacant     Southern Coast (2016-2019) 

Gloria Dei, Coos Bay

Rev. Elizabeth Larsen    Mt. Tabor (2019-2021)
St. Mark’s Portland

Rev. Leah Stoltz-Doerfler    Vineyard