List of ELCA synods

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A map of the nine ELCA regions. Note that the Slovak Zion Synod falls under Region 7 and the Bahamas and the Caribbean under Region 9.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America consists of 65 synods which are configured into nine regional offices. Each of the synods of the ELCA elects one bishop and three synod council officers at its Synod Assembly to oversee the spiritual and organizational activities of its member congregations.[1]

Region 1[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Alaska Synod Shelley R. Wickstrom[2] 7,806[3] 30[3]
Northwest Washington Synod Shelley Bryan Wee[4] 29,340[5] 98[5]
Southwestern Washington Synod Richard E. Jaech[6] 23,365[7] 84[7]
Northwest Intermountain Synod Kristen E.M. Kuempel[8] 18,704[9] 89[9]
Oregon Synod Laurie A. Larson Caesar[10] 26,252[11] 109[11]
Montana Synod Laurie A. Jungling[12] 28,667[13] 123[13]
Totals 134,134 533

Region 2[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Sierra Pacific Synod Claire S. Burkat (interim)[14] 34,286[15] 180[15]
Southwest California Synod Brenda Bos[16] 20,888[15] 114[17]
Pacifica Synod David C. Nagler[18] 23,384[15] 103[19]
Grand Canyon Synod Deborah K. Hutterer[20] 38,182[15] 88[21]
Rocky Mountain Synod Jim Gonia[22] 49,652[15] 154[23]
Totals 166,392 639

Region 3[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Western North Dakota Synod Craig A. Schweitzer[24] 54,946[25] 169[25]
Eastern North Dakota Synod Tessa M. Leiseth[26] 88,328[27] 201[27]
South Dakota Synod Constanze Hagmaier[28] 96,880[29] 202[29]
Northwestern Minnesota Synod Bill Tesch[30] 82,479[31] 221[31]
Northeastern Minnesota Synod Amy Odgren[32] 53,584[33] 132[33]
Southwestern Minnesota Synod Dee Pederson[34] 102,163[35] 232[35]
Minneapolis Area Synod Ann M. Svennungsen[36] 156,316[37] 141[37]
Saint Paul Area Synod Patricia J. Lull[38] 102,414[39] 105[39]
Southeastern Minnesota Synod Regina Hassanally[40] 108,067[41] 166[41]
Totals 845,177 1,569

Region 4[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Nebraska Synod Scott Johnson[42] 87,686[43] 234[43]
Central States Synod Susan Candea[44] 41,541[45] 165[45]
Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod Michael Girlinghouse[46] 7,156[47] 50[47]
Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod Erik Gronberg[48] 18,197[49] 94[49]
Southwestern Texas Synod Susan Briner[50] 31,507[51] 123[51]
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Michael W. Rinehart[52] 30,345[53] 104[53]
Totals 216,432 770

Region 5[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Metropolitan Chicago Synod Yehiel Curry[54] 69,073[55] 171[55]
Northern Illinois Synod Stacie Fidlar[56] 57,139[57] 143[57]
Central/Southern Illinois Synod S. John Roth[58] 34,956[59] 121[59]
Southeastern Iowa Synod Amy Current[60] 79,208[61] 136[61]
Western Iowa Synod Lorna R. Halaas[62] 42,754[63] 121[63]
Northeastern Iowa Synod Kevin T. Jones[64] 63,259[65] 145[65]
Northern Great Lakes Synod Katherine Finegan[66] 21,487[67] 79[67]
Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Laurie Skow-Anderson[68] 77,924[69] 195[69]
East-Central Synod of Wisconsin Ann Edison-Albright[70] 64,208[71] 118[71]
Greater Milwaukee Synod Paul Erickson[72] 59,143[73] 119[73]
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Joy Mortensen-Wiebe[74] 81,011[75] 133[75]
La Crosse Area Synod Felix Malpica[76] 29,513[77] 73[77]
Totals 679,675 1,553

Region 6[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Southeast Michigan Synod Donald P. Kreiss[78] 34,448[79] 106[79]
North/West Lower Michigan Synod Craig A. Satterlee[80] 30,565[81] 109[81]
Indiana-Kentucky Synod William O. Gafkjen[82] 43,760[83] 176[83]
Northwestern Ohio Synod Daniel G. Beaudoin[84] 62,108[85] 160[85]
Northeastern Ohio Synod Laura Barbins[86] 44,966[87] 164[87]
Southern Ohio Synod Suzanne D. Dillahunt[88] 56,262[89] 180[89]
Totals 272,109 895

Region 7[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
New Jersey Synod Tracie Bartholomew[90] 44,875[91] 156[91]
New England Synod James E. Hazelwood[92] 38,163[93] 172[93]
Metropolitan New York Synod Paul Egensteiner[94] 54,403[95] 187[95]
Upstate New York Synod Lee M. Miller, II[96] 43,888[97] 161[97]
Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod Christopher DeForest[98] 99,369[99] 254[99]
Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Patricia A. Davenport[100] 59,786[101] 148[101]
Slovak Zion Synod Wilma S. Kucharek[102] 2,916[103] 20[103]
Totals 343,400 1,098

Region 8[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod Michael Lozano[104] 16,892[105] 75[105]
Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Kurt F. Kusserow[106] 54,163[107] 157[107]
Allegheny Synod Paula J. Schmitt[108] 27,130[109] 114[109]
Lower Susquehanna Synod James S. Dunlop[110] 73,915[111] 225[111]
Upper Susquehanna Synod Craig A. Miller[112] 25,571[113] 119[113]
Delaware-Maryland Synod William J. Gohl, Jr[114] 49,897[115] 160[115]
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod Leila M. Ortiz[116] 24,834[117] 72[117]
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod Matthew L. Riegel[118] 9,501[119] 59[119]
Totals 281,901 981

Region 9[edit]

Synod Name Bishop Membership Congregations
Virginia Synod Robert F. Humphrey[120] 30,212[121] 151[121]
North Carolina Synod Timothy M. Smith[122] 50,501[123] 187[123]
South Carolina Synod Virginia S. Aebischer[124] 40,105[125] 147[125]
Southeastern Synod Kevin L. Strickand[126] 35,062[127] 139[127]
Florida-Bahamas Synod Pedro M. Suarez[128] 43,302[129] 166[129]
Caribbean Synod Idalia N. Caamaño[130] 3,538[131] 33[131]
Totals 202,720 823

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

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