Members of the SWCA Synod Council and Synod Committees share the experience and responsibilities of their roles serving the synod’s and the ELCA’s ministries. At the 2021 Synod Assembly in June, voting members will select two thirds of this governing body, including the Vice-President, Members-at-Large, Youth Representative, and Conference Representatives. They will also select committee members, as well as voting members for the 2022 Churchwide Assembly.

This synod needs, as it has always needed, good listeners, critical thinkers, folks with an openness to the Spirit, and a willingness to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. If you have a desire to share your gifts and passion as a leader in this community of faith, please watch these videos, read the full 2021 Call for Nominations, and run for synod office!

Council Positions

The Nominating Committee of the Southwest California Synod invites members of synod congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve. If you are considering serving on the Synod Council, please read the Synod Council Conflict of Interest Policy here. Candidates can self-nominate for open positions by completing the online nomination form. The online form can also be used to nominate candidates. Please note that nomination forms for all positions must be submitted no later than Friday May 7, 2021.
The following council positions are open: Synod Council Vice-President (description); Synod Council Member-at-Large (description); and Conference Representative for the Twin Valleys, Tehachapi, Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Metropolitan, and South Bay Conferences (description). If you are interested in a Conference Representative position, please contact your Conference Dean. Conference Representatives are elected at Spring Conference Assemblies and affirmed at Synod Assembly.

Synod Vice President

The five synod vice presidents of Region 2 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America talk about their role, their relationship with bishops and councils and congregations. Description of position. 

Southwest California Synod Treasurer Michael Metzger talks about the role of the Synod Council and his participation.

Southwest California Synod council member at large Cortni McNair talks about her work on synod council, and encourages others to participate. Description of position.

Conference Representative

Council member Pastor Jennifer Chrien talks about her work as the Channel Islands Conference Representative and encourages others to join. Description of position.

Conference Representative

Central Coast Conference Representative Laura Salazar Krueger talks about joining synod council and her role. Description of position.

Youth Representative

Youth Representative Kir’Ra Hemphill talks about her participation in synod council and encourages young people to run for leadership.  Description of position.

Pastor Ryan Chaddick talks about the role of the synod council and his participation. Description of position.

Southwest California Synod council member Valerie Shaw talks about the future of the church during COVID-19. Description of position.

Conference Representative

Southwest California Synod council member Nolan Green talks about his role on synod council and the work he does within the Long Beach conference. Description of position.

Southwest California Synod Council Member-at-Large Karen Moyer talks about the work and influence of synod council. Description of position.

Twin Valleys Conference Representative Todd Kolberg talks about the gifts he brings to synod council work.

Southwest California Synod council member David Berkedal talks about how synod council influences the direction of the church and how members participate.

Committee Positions

The following committee positions are open:  Endowment Committee Member-at-Large (description); Consultation Committee (description ); and Discipline Committee (description).

2022 Churchwide Assembly Voting Members

There are six open positions for voting members to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly, currently scheduled to take place August 8 – 13 in Columbus, Ohio* which must be filled by at least two lay males, two lay females, one rostered leader, at least one person of color or a person whose primary language is other than English, and at least one youth (someone who will be under 18 on August 8, 2022) or young adult (someone who will be between 18 and 30 before August 8, 2022).

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is the primary decision-making body of the church. Voting members are chosen locally from across the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, representing the diverse communities, congregations, synods, perspectives and geographic contexts of the ELCA. Together with other leaders of the ELCA, and guided by the Holy Spirit, they discuss the work of the church in the world and make decisions reflecting the challenges we face and the strengths we all bring to loving and serving our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ, locally and globally.


*The location, dates, and format of the 2022 Churchwide Assembly are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.