Western District elects new leadership at 2024 Synod

Delegates at the 2024 Synod of the  Moravian Church Northern Province, Western District, elected new leadership for the coming four years during their gathering April 25-28 in Wautoma, Wis.

Synod delegates rise to recognize the Rev. Jason Andersen following his election as WDEB president. Outgoing president the Rev. Burce Nelson at right.

The Rev. Jason Andersen, currently pastor of Christian Faith Moravian Church in DeForest, Wisconsin, was elected as the president of the Western District Executive Board (WDEB).   As president of the WDEB, Jason will serve as the chair of the WDEB and will serve as a member of the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC).  Outgoing president the Rev. Bruce Nelson, who had held the role since 2016, will conclude his term in June.

Other members of the WDEB elected at synod include the Rev. Marian Boyle Rohloff, pastor of West Side Moravian Church in Green Bay, Wis.; the Rev. Kerry Krauss, pastor of Sister Bay Moravian Church in Sister Bay, Wis.; Steve Heroux from Watertown Moravian Church in Watertown, Wis.; Ivy Summers from West Side Moravian Church in Green Bay, Wis.; Linda Schaefer from Sister Bay Moravian Church in Sister Bay, Wis.; and JoAnn Keller from Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Ind. 

The Rt Rev. Dr. Kay Ward leads the installation service of the new WDEB, including Linda Schaefer, Kerry Krauss, JoAnn Keller, Marian Boyle Rohloff, Steve Heroux and Jason Andersen. Not pictured: Ivy Summers.

The incoming WDEB were installed in a service on Sunday, April 28. Moravian bishops, including the Rt. Rev. Paul Graf, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Kay Ward and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Amy Gohdes-Luhman led the service, blessing the newly-elected board in their work to come and charging Synod delegates to support and pray for the WDEB.

The WDEB acts as the executive board of the Western District Synod for during the intersynodal period. Its primary roles are to oversee the boards and institutions of the Western District, supervise pastoral changes, manage District funding, advise congregations and to help extend the work of the Church within the District. The newly elected board will serve through the Synod of 2028.   

The 2024 Western District Synod was held at Mt. Morris Camp and Retreat Center in Wautoma, Wisconsin April 25-28. Additional coverage of the Synod will follow soon.