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LEADERSHIP

Synod Staff

The synod staff manages the day-to-day functions and needs of congregations, rostered ministers, lay leaders, and the ministries they serve. The bishop is elected every six years, and the ministry staff serve by call to their positions. The support staff administrates daily operations of the synod office.

Bishop Greg
Rev. Dr. Greg G. Busboom
Bishop
Pastor Amy
Rev. Amy Ziettlow
Assistant to the Bishop for Transformational Leadership
Jason Fisher
Deacon Jason Fisher
Director for Evangelical Mission
Kim Zemaitis
Kim Zemaitis
Executive Administrative Assistant
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Michael Horn
Director of Communications
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Jennie Ruth
Bookkeeper

Synod Council

The Synod Council acts as trustee of responsibilities on behalf of the synod, meeting four times a year to discuss and recommend goals and budgets. The council is made up of the officers of the synod (bishop, vice president, treasurer, and secretary), ministry staff, deans and representatives from each of the six conferences, and additional at-large members elected by the Synod Assembly. At-large members of the Synod Council include youth and young adult representatives.

The synod also has several committees, which oversee specific programming and responsibilities for carrying forward the work and activities of the synod: Mission Support and Stewardship Education; New/Renewing Congregations; Social Ministry, Justice, and Advocacy; Global Mission; Leadership Support, and Adult Faith Formation. These are in addition to administrative committees, including Mutual Ministry, Nominating, Executive, Finance, Audit, Personnel, and Candidacy.

Bishop Greg
Rev. Dr. Greg G. Busboom
Bishop
Carey Mayer
Carey Mayer
Vice President (St. John, Springfield)
Christine McNeal
Rev. Christine McNeal
Secretary (Our Savior, Normal)
Steve Mitze
Steve Mitze
Treasurer (Christ, Monticello)
Pastor Amy
Rev. Amy Ziettlow
Assistant to the Bishop
Jason Fisher
Deacon Jason Fisher
Director for Evangelical Mission
Julia Rademacher
Rev. Julia Rademacher
Interim Dean, East Central Conference (Christ, Monticello)
Pete Hinrich
Rev. Pete Hinrich
Dean, Northeast Conference
Lisa Dietrich
Rev. Lisa Dietrich
Dean, Northern Conference
Rick Hertenstein
Rev. Rick Hertenstein
Dean, Northwest Conference (Immanuel, Carthage/Retired)
Marlin Otte
Rev. Marlin Otte
Dean, Southern Conference
Cynthia Munker
Rev. Cynthia Munker
Interim Dean, West Central Conference
Debbie Peterson
Debbie Peterson
Representative, East Central Conference
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Cynthia Davis
Representative, Northeast Conference
David Miller
David Miller
Representative, Northern Conference
Cheryl Premore
Cheryl Predmore
Representative, Northwest Conference
Paula Hasty
Paula Hasty
Representative, Southern Conference
Jean Welch
Jean Welch
Representative, West Central Conference
Mark Harms
Mark Harms
At Large
Bill Hartley
Bill Hartley
At Large
Doreen Klages
Doreen Klages
At Large
Eileen Setti
Dr. Eileen Setti
At Large
Austin Byer
Austin Byer
Young Adult Representative
Marilyn Dichsen
Marilyn Dichsen
Youth Representative (Faith, Jacksonville)

Synod Assembly

The Synod Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the synod. The assembly meets annually to receive reports, fill open positions by election, approve budgets, and enact policy and governance resolutions. It is made up of all rostered ministers in the synod and at least two representatives from each congregation.

Learn more about synod assembly.

The synod is governed by its constitution and bylaws.