The Rev. James S. Dunlop was elected to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in June 2013. Bishop Dunlop was ordained in 2005, and served as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA.
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.
Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Tom McKee serves as administrator of our synod and staff liaison to our candidacy committee, and relates to the North York, South York, York, North Lancaster and Lancaster Conferences. As an officer of this synod, the Secretary is a member of the synod’s Executive Committee.
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:
Pastor Robert Blezard serves as a congregational Stewardship Consultant, providing education, resources, training and workshops to our synod, as well as leading efforts in synodical Mission Support development. He also coordinates our synod’s mobility process and works on leadership development, especially professional boundary workshops and anti-racism resources and training. He coordinates the Committee of Deans and serves as staff liaison to Lutheran Men in Mission. In addition, he serves as staff liaison to the Gettysburg, Hanover, Lebanon, Upper Dauphin, Perry, West Cumberland, and Chambersburg Conferences. Pastor Blezard publishes our weekly Leadership Links. Pastor Blezard can be reached at 717-652-1852, Ext. 109 or by email.
Pastor Beth Martini is helping our synod staff while Pastor Sharron Blezard is on medical leave. She will help coordinate First Call Theological Education and serve as staff liaison to the Global Missions Committee, World Hunger Committee, Criminal Justice System Ministry, Poverty and Justice Table, the Congregational Leadership Resource Team, and serve as staff liaison to the Harrisburg and West Shore Conferences. Pastor Martini can be reached at 717-652-1852, Ext. 102 or by email.
Debbie Clark provides direct administrative and executive support to Bishop Dunlop, Pastor McKee 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.
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.
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.
Cathy serves as our Assembly Registrar, oversees in-house IT needs, provides administrative support to executive staff, and directly supports Deacon Marsha Roscoe with managing support staff workflow and maintaining our new website. She can be reached by phone at (717) 652-1852, ext. 104 or by email.