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Bishop of Eastern ND Synod

Elected May 2014

Jakelle Hoffmann

Associate with the Bishop for Administration and Development


  • Synod Assembly Manager
  • Fall Professional Leadership Conference Manager
  • Constitutional Review
  • Endowment Committee Liaison
  • Financial and Human Resource oversight
  • Synod Council Liaison

  • Shar Gumke

    Associate with the Bishop for Congregational Life


  • Conference Liaison for Jamestown, Devils Lake, Prairie Rose, Grafton, and Wahpeton Conferences
  • Stewardship
  • Development of Lay Individuals (Congregational Leadership Academy)
  • Healthy Congregations
  • Campus Ministry Liaison

  • Rev. Mytch Pierre-Noel Dorvilier

    Multi-Ethnic Mission Developer


  • partners with congregations in Eastern North Dakota Synod to enhance and encourage multi-ethnic congregational growth

  • Rev. Keith Zeh

    Director for Evangelical Mission


  • Congregational Renewel
  • New Mission Starts
  • Evangelical Outreach Coaching and Training
  • Imagining, Visioning, and Planning
  • Area Ministry Strategies
  • Ministry Reviews
  • Resourcing for New and Renewing Congregations

  • Alia Bartell

    Synod Ministry Coordinator


  • Call Process Manager
  • Candidacy Support
  • Maintains synod data base files
  • Synod Elections

  • Sarah Baumgarten

    Office & Communications Coordinator


  • Synod Communications
  • Website Manager
  • Synod Events Coordinator

  • Sister Michelle Walka

    Director, Beloved Art and Practice

    Thanks to the generosity of grants from the ELCA Deaconess Community, Sister Michelle is committed to enhancing spiritual practice and strenghtening community within our synod through artistic expression. Contact her for more information at michellewalkaart@gmail.com

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