Update Regarding Investigation Team

"The Sierra Pacific Synod Investigation Team is diligently carrying out its investigation into the matter surrounding Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria Peregrina and The Rev. Nelson Rabell-González. The team has been hard at work since October 2022, and will submit its findings to the Synod Council by March 2023. Please keep the investigation team in your prayers as they complete this crucial task, which is not only important for our synod, but for the entire ELCA as well”. — Interim Bishop Claire Burkat

“El Equipo de Investigación del Sínodo de la Sierra del Pacífico está llevando a cabo diligentemente su investigación en torno al caso de la Iglesia Luterana Santa María Peregrina y del Rev. Nelson Rabell-González. El Equipo ha estado trabajando arduamente desde octubre de 2022 y presentará sus hallazgos al Consejo del Sínodo alrededor del próximo mes de marzo de 2023. Por favor, mantengan al Equipo de Investigación en sus oraciones mientras completan esta tarea crucial, que es tan importante no solo para nuestro sínodo, sino también para toda la ELCA". — Obispa Interina Claire Burkat.

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Bishop Claire S. Burkat

Interim Bishop, Sierra Pacific Synod


Deacon JJ Godwin

Executive Assistant to the Bishop


Dale Loepp

Director of Finance Contractor


Debbie Cook

Finance Assistant Contractor


Rev. Manda Truchinski

Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership & Strategic Organization


Catherine Slabaugh

Communications & Connections Coordinator


Rev. Dr. Dawn Roginski

Interim Assistant Director of Evangelical Mission


Rev. Ben Colahan 

Dean, Redwood Mountain Conference 1


Rev. Dave Miller

Dean, Bridges Conference 2


Rev. Dr. Gabriele Schroeder

Dean, Capitol Valley Conference 3


Rev. Charlane Lines

Dean, Sierra Nevada Foothills Conference 4


Rev. John Kuehner

Dean, San Francisco Peninsula Conference 5


Rev. Cristina Beauchemin

Dean, El Camino Real Conference 6


Rev. Dr. John Valentine

Dean, Mt. Diablo Conference 7


Rev. Mark Price

Dean, Sierra Central Valley Conference 8


Rev. Jodi Golden-Lund

Dean, Central San Joaquin Conference 9


Rev. Cindy Beck

Dean, Interim Ministry


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