Synod Council

Synod Council

Between meetings of the Synod Assembly (the highest legislative body of the synod), the Synod Council serves as the board of directors. The Synod Council is made up of voting members from different conferences, as well as four officers: president (the bishop), vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Read the latest approved minutes (January 2018)

Download the Manual for Synod Council Training and Formation


Interim Bishop Donald J. McCoid
Ms. Maria Del Toro, Vice President
The Rev. Robert Schoepflin, Secretary
Ms. Cynthia Corley
The Rev. Jeanine Owens
The Rev. Harry Schenkel
Mr. Christopher Vergara


Mr. Leonel Avila (2016-2020) (1st)

Ms. Cynthia Corley (2016-2020) (1st)

Ms. Maria Del Toro, Vice President (2014-2018) (2nd)

The Rev. Justin Johnson (2017-2020) 
Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingston

Ms. Tabitha Johnson (2016-2018, youth) (1st)

The Rev. Amy Kienzle (2014-2018) (1st)
The Park Church Co-Op, Greenpoint

Mr. John Litke (2014-2018) (1st)

Synod Deacon Dr. Carlos Lopez (2014-2018) (2nd)

Synod Deacon John Malone (2014-2018) (2nd)

Synod Deacon Karen Maulen (2015-2018) (1st)

The Rev. Christopher Mietlowski (2016-2020) (1st)
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, Manhattan

Mr. Walter Nash (2014-2018) (1st)

The Rev. Jeanine Owens (2016-2020) (1st)
Church of the Abiding Presence, Bronx

Synod Deacon Lulu Paolini (2014-2018) (1st)

The Rev. Daniel Peter (2014-2018) (1st)
St. Paul's International Lutheran Church, Floral Park

Synod Deacon John Prosen (2016-2020) (2nd)

Synod Deacon Denise Rutherford-Gill (2016-2020) (1st)

The Rev. Harry Schenkel (2014-2018) (1st)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, East Northport

The Rev. Robert Schoepflin, Secretary (2014-2018) (2nd)
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Fort Salonga

The Rev. Nicole Schwalbe (2016-2020) (1st)
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Mt. Kisco

The Rev. Garry Squire (2017-2020) (1st)
Messiah Lutheran Church, Staten Island

Ms. Wendy Bean Tannenbaum (2014-2018) (1st)

Ms. Abby Triebel (2016-2020) (2nd)

Ms. Emma Turner (2016-2020) (1st)

Mr. Christopher Vergara (2016-2020) (2nd)

Ms. Karen Woolley (2017-2020) (2nd)


(voice, no vote)

Women of the ELCA

Lutheran Men in Mission

In rotation