Annual Conference Assemblies

As conferences prepare for their Annual Assemblies, Bishop Jim Dunlop, Vice President Jen Lau, and Secretary Carl Rabbe have created a video to to let you know all the important details you need to know as you prepare for the 2024 Assembly of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Download a local copy of this video for conference or congregation viewing here.

1Chambersburg4/14/20242:00pmMemorial Shippensburg
2Cumberland3/17/20243:00pmFirst, Carlisle
3Gettysburg4/7/20242:00pmSt. James, Gettysburg
4Hanover4/14/2024TBDTrinity, East Berlin
5Harrisburg3/14/20247:00pmSt. Peter, Middletown
6Lancaster4/7/20243:00pmHoly Trinity, Lancaster
7Lebanon3/3/20243:00pmPalm, Palmyra
8North Lancaster4/18/20247:00pmHoly Trinity, Ephrata
9North York3/17/20241:30pmDigitally Via Zoom
10Perry3/17/20242:00pmDigitally Via Zoom
11South York4/14/202412:30pmSalem, Jacobus
12Upper Dauphin3/13/202410:30amMessiah, Halifax
13York3/10/20241:00pmChrist, Spry

People At Assembly

Rev. Michael Yesenko

2024 Synod Assembly Chaplain

The Rev. Michael Yesenko serves as Chaplain at Spang Crest, A Luthercare Community, in Lebanon, PA. Michael provides pastoral care to residents, families and staff. Michael completed a Chaplain Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. His Lutheran Studies were completed at United Lutheran Seminary. He worked in the Federal and private non-profit sectors after he received his Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University and Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology at Concordia College. Michael grew up in North Dakota and now resides in Harrisburg with Ryan, his husband, and their furbabies, Naamah, a calico cat, and Nellie, a Mini Bernedoodle. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, music and travel.

Rev. Phil Hirsch

2024 ELCA Representative

Rev. Phil Hirsch is the Executive Director of Christian Community and Leadership (USA) for the ELCA (since February 2019).   His responsibilities include starting new churches, developing congregational vitality, leadership and candidacy, seminaries and colleges, youth and young adult ministries including the national youth gathering, multicultural ministries, disability ministries, and the directors for evangelical mission who work in synods for congregations. Rev. Hirsch will serve as the ELCA Representative to the 2024 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly.


The Day of Edification for the Lower Susquehanna Synod 2024 Assembly will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, by Zoom. The theme for this year’s 2024 assembly is The Healing of the Nations: Christ’s Healing for a Broken World.

VIEW Edification Day 2024 Proposed Schedule

Looking forward to 2024 Synod Assembly: Nominations Information

Our synod celebrates the diverse gifts of its members and asks that members consider sharing those gifts in leadership roles in this church. The synod Nominating Committee, comprised of one member of each conference and two members of the Synod Council, is seeking volunteers who are willing to be nominated for election to the Synod Council, including rostered ministers and laypersons; as well as lay man nominees for election to the ELCA Church Council. In addition, the Gifts Discernment Committee is seeking laypersons willing to be nominated for synod vice president. Furthermore, the Nominating Committee, in partnership with the deans and conference assemblies, seeks voting members to represent our synod at the next Churchwide Assembly in 2025 (July 28 – August 2 in Phoenix, AZ).

We need your help to identify possible nominees. Share this information with members of your congregation! Visit our nominations webpage to review the current Nomination Handbook and read ministry position descriptions. To seek nomination, please complete the nomination form and return to


Official Notification: Call to the Lower Susquehanna Synod 2024 Assembly

The business sessions of the thirty-seventh Annual Assembly of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, gathering under the theme “For the Healing of the Nations: Christ’s Healing in a Broken World,” will be held the evening of Friday, May 31, 2024, by Zoom, and Saturday, June 1, 2024, in person at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 839 W Market St, York, PA 17401 (please note this is an updated location change from the November 3, 2023 Official Notification: Call to the Lower Susquehanna Synod 2024 Assembly). Our Day of Edification will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, by Zoom. Please read the official Call to Assembly notification for more details.


Lower Susquehanna Synod Secretary Rev. Carl P. Rabbe offers this official notice regarding reports for the 2024 Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports, Designation of assembly spokespersons, Invitation for Video Displays, Invitation for Edification Day digital forums.