The 2017 Southwest California Synod Assembly was held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 with the theme “Freed in Christ to Serve.” In conjunction with this year’s assembly, a Day of Learning was held on the CLU campus on Thursday, June 1. A Festival  Service of Holy Communion was held at Cal Lutheran’s Samuelson Chapel on Saturday in observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (livestream available here). An offering of $3900 was designated towards hunger initiatives in the synod territory.


103 Registered Congregations

279 Voting Members, consisting of –
95 Pastors
156 Lay Leaders
5 Deacons
23 Members of Synod Council

49 Visitors


Assembly members voted on the following Synod Council and Committee positions:

Council Vice-President: Randall Foster

Synod Council Members-at-Large: Cesar Arroyo, David Berkedal, Ruth Sievert, Karne Moyer, Jamie Hovland, Valerie Shaw.

Conference Representatives: Jane Affonso (South Bay), Nola Huss (Central Coast), Todd Kolberg (Twin Valleys).

Misson & Ministry (Endowment Committee): Sue Ma, Emmanuel Valdez

Financial reports 

Two Resolutions were passed

One Constitutional Amendment was passed 

Mission & Ministry and Warner Grants 

Clarence E. Anderson Peace and Justice Award

Living the Resurrection PDF

#SWCA17 Videos (please check for updates)

Bulletin of Reports 

The #swca17 Guidebook contained all the information available in the Bulletin of Reports and was updated throughout the Synod Assembly. Please consider accessing the Guidebook online as an alternative to printing out the Bulletin of Reports PDFs

Access the 2017 Synod Assembly Guidebook Online

Printable PDFs
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Agenda
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Reports 
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Finance
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Nominations
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Resolutions
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Constitutional Amendment 
2017 Synod Assembly Notebook: Hymns


2017 Synod Assembly Photo Gallery