The Synod Council is the board of directors for the Eastern North Dakota Synod. Each person elected to the Synod Council shall be a voting member of a congregation of the Eastern North Dakota Synod, with the exception of ordained ministers on the roster of this synod who reside outside the territory of the synod. See the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Eastern North Dakota Synod (download .pdf file). Members of the Synod Council serve as liaisons to one of the synod boards.
Synod Council meetings are scheduled in April in conjunction with synod assembly, and in the fall.
Officers: Bishop elected by the Synod Assembly to a six-year term, eligible for one consecutive reelection. Vice president, secretary and treasurer elected by the Synod Assembly to a four-year term, eligible for one consecutive re-election. Terms of office begin on the first day of the third month following election.
Additional Members: One clergy and one layperson from each conference nominated by the Conference Assembly for a term of two years, elected by Synod Assembly, eligible for two consecutive re-elections; two persons of color or primary language other than English nominated by the Nominating Committee for a term of two years, eligible for two consecutive re-elections; one youth suggested by the youth organization and nominated by the Nominating Committee for a term of one year, eligible for two consecutive re-elections. Terms of office begin immediately after election at the Synod Assembly. The chairpersons of WELCA and LYO shall be nonvoting members.
Rev. William (Bill) E. Rindy • Fargo • email@example.com
Vice President to the Bishop:
Ms. Sharlene Gumke • Jamestown • firstname.lastname@example.org • Executive Committee • Liaison to all Boards
Secretary to the Synod:
Ms. Meridee Erickson-Stowman • Tower City • email@example.com • Executive Committee • Liaison to all Boards
Treasurer to the Synod:
Mr. David Molmen • Grand Forks • firstname.lastname@example.org • Executive Committee • Liaison to Congregational Living Board
Multicultural Representatives to the Synod Council:
Ms. Charlene Burthold • Devils Lake • email@example.com • Extended Ministry Board
Mr. Robert Turner • Grand Forks • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kayla Karlsbraaten • Esmond • email@example.com
Synodical Women of the ELCA President: (non-voting member)
Ms. Julie Garrett • Fargo • firstname.lastname@example.org
The synod constitution (download .pdf file) requires the establishment of several boards and committees. Functions and organizational structure of each are subject to the requirements of the constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (external link).
EaND Synod Office
1201 13th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
Toll Free: 877-895-4598
Mon-Thurs: 8 am - 5 pm
Fridays: 8 am - 3 pm