The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and clergy of the District, and is concerned with everything from conflict management to evangelism.
The Rev. Bruce Nelson, currently pastor of Lake Mills Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, was elected president of the Western District Executive Board. In this role, Bruce will serve as the chair of the WDEB and will serve as a member of The Northern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference. Outgoing WDEB President the Rev. James Hicks of Green Bay, Wisconsin, concludes his term in June.
Joining Bruce will be clergy members the Rev. Jason Andersen, currently pastor of West Salem Moravian Church who will soon be pastor of Christian Faith Moravian Church in DeForest, Wis. and the Rev. Jane Gehler, pastor of Unionville Moravian Church in Michigan.
Also elected were lay members Judy Anderson of Main Street Moravian Church in Northfield, Minn.; Megan Smock of Downey Moravian Church in California; Nancy Chandler of Hope Moravian Church in Indiana; and Cindy Fahney of Lake Mills Moravian Church in Wisconsin. Concluding their WDEB terms were Jeff Brandt, Bruce Loppnow and the Rev. James Hicks.
The Board works with the congregations in calling pastors, addressing conflict, establishing quotas, managing finances, and determining budgets for the various ministries that our congregations participate in together. Members of the WDEB are elected by the District Synod every four years.
In photo above: The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, president of the Moravian Church Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference, installs WDEB members Nancy Chandler, Cindy Fahney, the Rev. Bruce Nelson, Megan Smock and the Rev. Jason Andersen during the closing service of the 2016 Western District Synod.