Staff & Officers

Pastoral Staff

Joining Bishop Dunlop in making up this synod’s pastoral staff, are four leaders called to relate to conferences, assist congregations in transition, support rostered leaders, and serve as liaisons to synodical committees. The pastoral staff includes:

The Rev. Richard Jorgensen
Director for Evangelical Mission

eMailrjorgensen@lss-elca.org
The Rev. Richard Jorgensen was called as Director for Evangelical Mission by the ELCA Church Council. His call began on August 23, 2012. Pastor Jorgensen has received ELCA Mission Developer training and has participated in workshops and training events for transformational ministry. Previously he served as pastor at Holy Spirit, Lancaster; as associate pastor at St. Matthew, York; as pastor at St. Paul, Hametown; Christ (Filey Pastoral Charge), Dillsburg; and Zion, Waynesboro, Virginia. Pastor Jorgensen was ordained on June 8, 1989, by the Metropolitan New York Synod at St. Agnes, Rockville Center, New York.

Jorgensen graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1984 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1989 and earned a Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann College in 2005.

He is married to the Reverend Janyce Covner Jorgensen who serves as one of the pastors at Zion Lutheran Church, York. They are parents to Mark (22) and Leah (17).

The Rev. Thomas E. McKee
Assistant to the Bishop

eMail: tmckee@lss-elca.org
The Rev. Thomas E. McKee first joined the staff of the Lower Susquehanna Synod on October 1, 2001. Prior to accepting the call as one of four assistants to Bishop Carol S. Hendrix, he was co-pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, York, 1974-2001. He became an assistant to Bishop B. Penrose Hoover on January 19, 2008.

Pastor McKee graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1974. He was ordained in 1974 by the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod of the Lutheran Church in America.

While a parish pastor, Pastor McKee served on the Synod Council and its Executive Committee. He also served as a conference dean and as a part-time chaplain at Lutheran Social Services South Central Pennsylvania and at Country Meadows of York. He has served as synod secretary since 1999.

Pastor Thomas McKee is married to the Rev. Judith A. McKee. They are parents to Michael Paul and Sarah Ruth and grandparents to granddaughter, Kennedy Lory McKee, and grandson, Micah Brayden McKee.

The Rev. Robert Blezard
Assistant to the Bishop

eMail: rblezard@lss-elca.org
The Rev. Robert Blezard was called to serve on our synod’s pastoral staff beginning November 1, 2013. Prior to that he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Arendtsville, since ordination in February 2006. Pastor Blezard graduated from Hofstra University in 1983 with a B.A. in Creative Studies. An MDiv graduate of Boston University School of Theology, a Methodist seminary, he completed his “Lutheran year” studies at Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

A second-career pastor, Blezard worked as a writer and editor for 26 years, including a post as an editor at The Lutheran magazine in Chicago. Since 2000 he has worked as study guide editor for the magazine. He also works as content editor and writer for the Stewardship of Life Institute.

He is married to the Reverend Sharron Riessinger Blezard who also serves as an Assistant to the Bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. They are parents to Elspeth (29), Margaret (23), Kaleigh (21), and Kristian (18).

The Rev. Sharron Riessinger Blezard
Assistant to the Bishop

eMail: sblezard@lss-elca.org
The Rev. Sharron Riessinger Blezard was called to serve on our synod’s pastoral staff beginning November 1, 2013. Pastor Blezard most recently served as pastor at Trinity, Rouzerville. Previously she served Trinity, Hixson, TN, and the Sheyenne-Oberon Area Ministry (a cooperative of four congregations) in the Eastern North Dakota Synod. Pastor Blezard was ordained in June 2006 at St. John Lutheran Church in Potter, NY.

Blezard graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1984 with a B.A. in Music, and in 1994 earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Writing. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2006. Prior to entering seminary she taught middle school and high school English, college composition and remedial writing, and worked in University Advancement, community relations, and non-profit management. Blezard is a freelance writer and writes a weekly lectionary reflection for the Stewardship of Life Institute.

She is married to the Reverend Robert Blezard who also serves as an Assistant to the Bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. They are parents to Elspeth (29), Margaret (23), Kaleigh (21), and Kristian (18).

Synod Staff and Officers Contact Information

Lower Susquehanna Synod – ELCA
900 S. Arlington Avenue, Suite 220B
Harrsburg, PA 17109
(717) 652-1852 – (800) 692-7282 (PA only)
Switchboard: Ext. 100
FAX: (717) 652-2504

Synod Staff Christmas Picture 2014

Blezard, Pastor Robert
(717) 652-1852 ext. 109
rblezard@lss-elca.org
Assistant to the Bishop, mobility, stewardship, leadership development and support, rostered leaders’ wellness, Committee of Deans, Living Lutheran Insert Editor, Lutheran Men in Mission

Blezard, Pastor Sharron
(717) 652-1852, ext. 102
sblezard@lss-elca.org
Assistant to the Bishop, First Call Theological Education, Congregational Leadership Resource Team, Global Mission and World Hunger Committee, Criminal Justice Task Force, Criminal Justice and Poverty Justice Tables

Bringman, Lucinda
(717) 334-6695
bringman@earthlink.net
Vice President of Synod, Chair of Synod Council and its Executive Committee

Clark, Deborah (Debbie)
(717)652-1852, ext. 117
dclark@lss-elca.org
Executive Assistant to Bishop Dunlop, Pastor McKee, and Synod Council

Clark, Nancy
(717) 652-1852, ext. 108
nclark@lss-elca.org
Administrative Assistant, Treasurer’s Office

Deitrich, Catherine
(717) 652-1852, ext. 104
cdeitrich@lss-elca.org
Administrative Assistant for Pastor Rob Blezard, Pastor Sharron Blezzard, and Pastor Richard Jorgensen, Assembly and Events Registrar

Dunlop, Bishop James S.
(717) 652-1852, ext. 106
jdunlop@lss-elca.org
Bishop of Synod

Ferguson, Denise
(717) 652-1852, ext. 114
dferguson@lss-elca.org
ABMN Administrative Assistant

Jorgensen, Pastor Richard
(717) 652-1852, ext. 105
rjorgensen@lss-elca.org
Director for Evangelical Mission, Congregational Renewal and Transformation, Stewardship, R3 Programming

McKee, Pastor Thomas
(717) 652-1852, ext. 111
tmckee@lss-elca.org
Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Administration, Secretary of Synod, Personnel Officer, Synod Assembly Manager, Worship, Compensation and Benefits, Konde Diocese, Constitution, and Nominating Committees

Paul, Cathy
(717) 652-1852, ext. 107
cpaul@lss-elca.org
Secretary, Treasurer’s Office (part time)

Roberts, Charlie
(717) 652-1852, ext. 113
croberts@lss-elca.org
Director for Resources and Faith Formation, Resource Center, Faith Formation, Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Lutheran Youth Organization, Vibrant Faith University, Learning Ministries Team, R3 Programming

Roscoe, Deacon Marsha
(717) 652-1852, ext. 103
mroscoe@lss-elca.org
Director for Mission Interpretation, Communication, Always Being Made New Campaign, Public Relations and Spokesperson for the Bishop’s Office, Spiritual Direction, and Office Administration

Seagrist, Bruce (Until 8/31/17)
(717) 652-1852, ext. 108
bseagrist@lss-elca.org
Treasurer of Synod

Shifflett, Marty
(717) 652-1852, ext. 115
mshifflett@lss-elca.org
Administrative Assistant, Resource Center

Stepansky, Joseph (As of 9/1/17)
(717) 652-1852, ext. 108
jstepansky@lss-elca.org 
Treasurer of Synod