2020 Assembly Update. The Northeastern Ohio Synod's first "remote" assembly took place September 11-12. Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins was elected bishop on the fifth ballot. Our thanks to all of the candidates who stood for election to the office of the bishop: Rev. Lisa Arledge, Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins, Rev. Karl Biermann, Rev. Sherman Bishop, Rev. Robert Cheyney, Rev. Angela Freeman-Riley, Rev. Jeff Goggins, Rev. Kristina Heise, Rev. Kevin Maxey, Rev. Dr. Bruce Roth, and Rev. Diana Thompson.
The following individuals were elected to Synod Council by acclamation (unopposed): Rev. Steven Bond - Cleveland East; Susan Frantz - Cleveland West; Rev. Chelsea Spencer - Eastern; Richard Brenneman - Richland-Ashland; Kevin Kampfer - Southern; Sarah Roth - At-Large Youth.
Elected to Synod Council by majority vote: Rev. Kristina Heise - Akron-Wooster; Susan Moseley - Canton-Massillon; Paul Gochnour - Cleveland East; Chelsea Veigel - At Large-Young Adult. Elected Secretary of the Northeastern Ohio Synod by majority vote: Matthew Beery. Elected to the synod Discipline Committee by acclamation: Rev. Jon Paulus, Rev. Randy O'Donnell, and Edward Burns. Elected to the synod Discipline Committee by majority vote: Sandra Humphrey. The following individuals were elected to the synod Consultation Committee by acclamation: Rev. Chuck Knerem and Chuck Mosberger.
We are especially grateful to the team of volunteers who made the Assembly possible:
Assembly Planning Committee: Jane Koch (chair), Tim Barrage, Larry Fenton, Rev. Jimmy Madsen, John Sleasman
Assembly Help Desk: Stephanie Woods, Rachel Nunez, Lesli Eisenhart, Rev. William Weidenbach, Rev. Jim Steingass
Audio-Visual at Assembly: Tim Barrage, Mason Shamp
Bishop Election Committee: Rev. David Anderson (chair), Deacon Ruth Anderson, Katy Gill, Rev. Leonard Killings, Rev. Katie Jacob, Jasmine Steighner, Jonathan Stufft
Credentialing Committee: Erin O'Neill, Dr. Lito Belardo, Gayle Adamek
Nominating Committee: Rev. Seth Bridger, Scott Daniels, Sheila Kidd, Tim Kruger, Rev. Karen Liddy, Rev. Lucas McSurley, and Krista Smith
Officers: David Lenz (Secretary), Bryan Penvose (Vice President), John Sleasman (Treasurer)
Reference and Counsel Committee: Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger and Gail Goldsworth
Worship Committee: Ruth Anderson, Donna Fagerhaug, Pastor Matthew Groenke, Pastor Brad Ross, Pastor Angela Storer, Pastor Jimmy Madsen
Zoom Floor Recognition: Roger Long, Rev. Julianne Smith, Stu Smith, Kevin Kampfer