The synod council is the board of directors for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod and serves as the synod’s interim legislative authority between meetings of the synod assembly.
Council Members for 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 council year began with the 2016 assembly and ends with the 2017 assembly. Members are listed with the year in which their term ends, the mission district they represent if elected by the district, and their email address if available.
Barbara J. Belón (2020; vice president)
Donald Boyer (2018; Schuykill)
Oliver Brown (2018;Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Madeline Deegan (2018; Bethlehem-Easton)
David Derr (2018; East Berks)
Donald Dillman (2020; treasurer)
Marlane Druckenmiller (2020; East Berks)
Thomas Engle (2019; Pocono)
Linda Eroh (2018; Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Charles Grube (2018; Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
David Hinrichs (2017; treasurer)
Jessica Kingsborough (2019: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Ruth Major (2019: Pocono)
Louise McCloughan (2020; West Berks)
Ethan Melber (2019; Hazleton-Lehighton)
Nelson Quiñones (2020; Lehigh)
Jeannette Richardson (2020; Pocono)
Larry Rissmiller (2019)
Deborah Scheffey (2018; Pocono)
Carl Shankweiler (2019; secretary)
Suzanne Trump (2018; Bethlehem-Easton)
Victor Unks (2020; Bethlehem-Easton)
Gary Walbert (2019; Northern Lehigh Valley)
Samuel Zeiser (2020; bishop)
Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
All three officers are elected by the synod assembly and serve terms of four years. Only the vice president is limited to two consecutive terms in office.
The synod council normally meets four times a year. Visitors are welcome to sit in on council meetings except for executive sessions.
Next meeting: TBA
Council Facts and Responsibilities
The council consists of the four officers (bishop, vice president, secretary, and treasurer), two youth members, and twenty other people, nine of whom are elected by the nine mission districts.
Officers are elected by the synod assembly. The bishop serves for a term of six years; the vice president, secretary, and treasurer are elected for terms of four years.
The two youth members, one male and one female, are elected for two-year terms.
Functions of the Synod Council
The functions of the synod council may be found in the synod constitution. The constitution is available in PDF format on this website. See the appropriate chapters for information on the council and the officers.