Bishop James DunlopBishop of The Lower Susquehanna Synod
(717) 652-1852 ext. 106
The Rev. James S. Dunlop was re-elected to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in June 2019. Bishop Dunlop was ordained in 2005, and served as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA.
Lucinda BringmanVice President of Synod, Chair of Synod Council and its Executive Committee
Vice President Lucinda Bringman is a layperson elected by the Synod Assembly and chairs our Synod Council. She is also a voting member of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. As an officer of this synod, the Vice President is a member of the synod’s Executive Committee.
The Rev. Beth SchlegelSecretary
(717) 652-1852 ext. 118
Secretary Beth Schlegel is elected by the Synod Assembly. As an officer of this synod, the Secretary is a member of the synod’s Executive Committee. Additionally, Secretary Schlegel will serve on the following committees: Assembly Planning, Committee of Reference and Counsel, Committee on Memorials, Constitution, Gifts Discernment and Nominations.
(717) 652-1852, ext. 108
Treasurer Joe Stepansky is elected by the Synod Assembly and is accountable for the management of monies and all financial accounts of this synod. As an officer of this synod, the treasurer is a member of the synod’s Executive Committee.
The Rev. Robert BlezardAssistant to the Bishop
(717) 652-1852 ext. 109
Pastor Robert Blezard serves as a congregational Stewardship Consultant providing education, resources, training and workshops, including our weekly Leadership Links. He serves as the staff liaison to our synod’s Committee of Deans, Compensation and Benefits Committee, and Congregational Leadership Resources Team. Additionally, he coordinates our synod’s mobility process, mission support development efforts, professional boundary trainings and anti-racism workshops. He relates to the Lancaster, Lebanon, North Lancaster, North York, South York, and Upper Dauphin conferences.
The Rev. Dana J. Blouch-HansonAssistant to the Bishop
(717) 652-1852 ext. 111
Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Dana Blouch-Hanson promotes vocation in the church, handles synodical communications and serves as staff liaison to the following committees: Assembly Planning, Candidacy, Konde, Mission and Worship & Music. Additionally, she supports our ecumenical and inter-faith partners and relates to the Gettysburg, Hanover, Chambersburg, West Cumberland and York Conferences.
The Rev. Beth MartiniAssistant to the Bishop
(717) 652-1852, ext. 102
Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Beth Martini coordinates our First Call Theological Education and serves as staff liaison to the following committees: Criminal Justice System Ministry, Global Missions, Toward Racial Justice, Poverty and Justice Table, and World Hunger. She supports our volunteer coordinators for relief projects, our synodical granting process, and boundary training and anti-racism leadership development. She relates to the Harrisburg, Perry and West Shore Conferences.
Deacon Marsha RoscoeAssistant to the Bishop
(717) 652-1852, ext. 103
Assistant to the Bishop Deacon Marsha Roscoe focuses on mission interpretation, synodical communications and supports spiritual wholeness among our leaders, and serves on the Assembly Planning and Mission committees. Additionally, she relates to the Lebanon, North Lancaster and Upper Dauphin conferences.
The Rev. Carla S. Christopher WilsonAssistant to the Bishop
Begins November 1, 2020.
The Rev. Richard E. T. Jorgensen Jr.Director for Evangelical Mission for Renewing Mission
(717) 652-1852, ext. 105
Director for Evangelical Mission for Congregational Renewal Pastor Richard Jorgensen works with congregations looking to be renewed in God’s mission by deepening their faith, reconnecting with one another, and re-rooting in their community.
Charles R. Roberts IIIDirector of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry
(717) 652-1852, ext. 113
Charlie Roberts, Director of Resources and Faith Formation, works with congregations and ministry peers in maintaining a common sense of mission and vision for the Church, and supports the formation of faith for children, youth, young adults, adults and their families.
Deborah Clark (Debbie)Executive Assistant to Bishop Dunlop, Pastor Schlegel, and Synod Council
(717) 652-1852, ext. 117
Debbie Clark provides direct administrative and executive support to Bishop Dunlop, Secretary Beth Schlegel and our Synod Council. She provides administrative support for the following committees: Candidacy, Synod Nominating, Gifts Discernment, Compensation and Benefits, Synodical Worship, Constitution, Personnel and Mission. Facilitating flow of information to the Executive Committee and Synod Council, she supports the synod secretary and the Assistant to the Bishop for Administration. She assists Bishop Dunlop in planning and preparing for congregational visits.
(717) 652-1852, ext. 104
Cathy serves as our Assembly Registrar, oversees in-house IT needs, provides administrative support to the executive staff, and supports the communications director through video production and website maintenance.
(717) 652-1852, ext. 107
As secretary to the Treasurer, Cathy Paul is responsible for our accounts receivable, which includes preparation of mission support and other benevolence reports. In addition to supporting our Audit and Finance Committees, she also serves on the Synod Assembly Elections Committee.
Marty ShifflettAdministrative Assistant, Resource Center
(717) 652-1852, ext. 115
As administrative assistant to the Resource Center, Marty Shifflett supports Charlie Roberts in ensuring our Resource Center is a hospitality hub that provides space for conversation, learning, previewing and borrowing materials. Marty assists congregational leaders in previewing faith formation resources, such as Vacation Bible School programs, and can assist congregations in planning seasons of faith formation. Marty also serves as the synod’s Supply Pastor Coordinator and Small Event Registrar.