At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.
The Rev. Bruce Nelson, currently pastor of Lake Mills Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wis., 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.
Elected members were installed at a service on May 1. They will serve through the next Western District Synod in 2020.
Greg Weir, a member of Good Shepherd Church in Calgary, was elected president of the Board of Elders of the Canadian District (BECD). Unlike other districts in the Northern Province, the BECD president can be either a layperson or clergy member. Greg is a recently-retired high school principal. In addition to serving as president of the BECD, Greg will join the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Moravian Church Northern Province.
Joining Greg on the BECD are the Rev. Matt Gillard, pastor of Heimtal Moravian Church in Leduc; Bob Hawkesworth, a member of Good Shepherd; Holly Heffernan, a member at Christ Community in Calgary; the Rev. James Lavoy, pastor at Rio Terrace Moravian in Edmonton; and Bryan Peacock, also a member at Rio Terrace. Bryan served as BECD president from 2012-16 and will continue on the board as a member.
Donna Gordon, a member at Christ Community, was elected as Canadian Moravian Mission Society chair. In this role, Donna will also serve as the Canadian District representative to the Board of World Mission.
Lynn Hennig, a member at Good Shepherd, was elected chair of the Camp Van-Es board, overseeing the work of the District’s camping ministry.
Elected members were installed at a service on Sunday, May 15. They will serve through the next Canadian District Synod in 2020.
In-depth coverage of the Western and Canadian District Synods will be featured in the July issue of the Moravian magazine.