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Staff Directory


The synod staff works with congregations in candidacy, the call process, formation, leadership development, stewardship, evangelism, church finance, property administration, congregational management, and conflict resolution. The staff also maintains the roster and carries out work in accounting and communication.

Office Staff


The Rev. Dr. Robert Rimbo
212-870-2373 • email

Bishop Rimbo provides spiritual and organizational leadership to all aspects of the synodical expression of the Metropolitan New York Synod and reflects the principles of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 


Susan Brandt
Executive Administrator
212-870-2378 • email

Sue Brandt works primarily with synodical grants, candidacy administration, and gives support to the Conference of Deans and our strategic plan.


The Rev. Perucy Butiku
Assistant to the Bishop for Global & Multicultural Mission
212-870-2381 • email

Pr. Perucy Butiku works with the ethnic and global ministries of our synod, particularly with our companion synods, ELCA Global Mission, and advocacy groups related to immigration, racial, and human rights issues. She is also a member of the steering committee for African National Ministries. 


Branden Dupree 
Office Assistant
212-870-2384 • email

Branden Dupree handles roster management, database maintenance, and meeting hospitality while providing administrative support throughout the office.


The Rev. Jonathan Linman, Ph.D. 
Assistant to the Bishop for Faith and Leadership Formation
212-870-2374 • email

Pr. Jonathan Linman is both a pastor and a teaching theologian of the church, assisting in implementing faith and leadership formation initiatives of our synod. He relates to seminaries, campus and youth ministries, schools, synodical deacons, interfaith and ecumenical initiatives, and the candidacy committee. 


Synod Deacon Gayle Ruege
Senior Assistant to the Bishop
212-870-2373 • email

Synod Deacon Gayle Ruege provides administrative and resource support to the Bishop while providing the primary communication link between Bishop and staff, congregations, leaders, and other partners. 


Kathleen Schmidt
Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Administration
212-870-2375 • email

Kathleen Schmidt coordinates all financial and administrative concerns including financial management, office management, human resources management, information systems, and real estate and facility management. 


Deacon Margy Schmitt Ajer

Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations 

212-870-2377 • email
Deacon Margy Schmitt Ajer guides congregations and rostered ministers particularly during transitions and call processes.


Rebekah Thornhill
Assistant to the Bishop for Communications and Events 
212-870-2383 • email

Rebekah Thornhill is responsible for communications including the weekly Eletter, website, social media, and branding. She also coordinates all aspects of major synod events. 


The Rev. Lamont Wells
Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop
212-870-2379 • email

Pr. Lamont Wells is deployed ELCA staff that coordinates evangelical mission and stewardship ministry and education in our synod. He works with new and renewed ministries, partnership grants, stewardship and mission support, and provides supervision to mission developers. 


Contact Us

Metropolitan New York Synod
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10115

Phone: 212-665-0732     Fax: 212-870-2380
Email: info@mnys.org



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