Synod council

Synod Council is the governing body of the synod. Council leads the synod in accordance with the constitution, the bylaws and resolutions of the synod in convention. Synod Council normally meets for two day sessions two times a year and normally meets by teleconference twice a year. Synod Council has developed a Governance Manual in order to focus council on the governance of the synod while delegating day to day management to the direction of the bishop’s office.

Each council member is elected by Synod Convention:

  • Two officers are elected by the Convention directly: the secretary of the synod and the synod treasurer.
  • Eight additional members consisting of an equal number of rostered ministers and lay persons are elected by the convention to serve for six years.
  • The Chair of council is an officer elected by the council from its own membership.
  • The Bishop, elected by the Convention, is a member of Synod Council ex officio, and is the chief executive officer of the synod.

Current membership

Bishop: Rev. Dr. Sid Haugen [email protected]

Chairperson: Rev. Doug Schmirler

Vice-chair: Cindy Hoppe

Secretary: Cheryl Bauer Hyde

Treasurer: Jeff Barber


  • Rev. Sean Bell
  • Rev. Ali Tote
  • Rev. Victoria Mwamasika
  • Murray Patzwald
  • Lynda Erlandson
  • Rev. Munye Mtata
  • Dave Scheirer
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