Synod Council

The Synod Council is the board of directors of the synod and serves as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. The council is tasked with the “governance” of the synod and their responsibilities include setting policy, monitoring programs and resources, coordinating with the bishop and staff, as well as providing a strategic plan for the synod.

Synod Officers

Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld


Jane Cahill Wolfgram

Vice President

Rev. Brad Pohlman


Bruce Hutler


Synod Council Members

The Synod Council includes the officers of the synod and thirteen members (including a youth member) elected at-large by the synod assembly. Also included are two non-voting liaisons from Women of the ELCA and Lutheran Men in Mission. The executive committee includes the officers of the synod and two council members (indicated with a *) who are elected annually by the council.

Caitlin Brown

Carolyn Butts *

Gary Engelke

Rev. Tim Hansen

Matthew Helmers *

Elisabeth Himmelman

Rev. Kathy Jacobson

Rev. Lisa Nelson

Debi Peters

Trevor Thom

Rev. Andy Twiton

Jason Xiong

Cindy Wuttke

Jim Schieble


Helen Sheahan