office of the bishop
Eastern north Dakota Synod Staff
Rev Tessa Moon Leiseth
Bishop Tessa was elected August 16, 2020 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod and was installed as the synod's fifth bishop, and first female bishop, on October 31st, 2020.
Deacon Laura Carson
Associate with the Bishop for Formation and Administration
Deacon Laura is responsible for candidacy, synod authorized ministry (SAMs), events (synod assembly and theological conference), synod council liaison, administration, and faith formation.
Rev Brad Skogen
Associate with the Bishop for Congregational Leadership and TransitionPastor Brad's primary areas of focus include the call process (for congregations in transition and rostered ministers), conflict, and congregation constitutions.
Deacon Erin Power
Director for Evangelical Mission
Deacon Erin works with new starts, congregation vitality, advocacy & justice, global church, area ministry strategies, mission support, holy closure/resurrection, and the coaching network.
Dn. Alex keeps us connected through online communications (E-Newsletter, Social Media) and event support, including Synod Assembly. Until our Administrative Assistant position is filled, Dn. Alex is scheduling appointments for the Bishop.
Rev Jon Olson
FIRST CALL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND Vital Leaders ENDOWMENT COORDINATOR
sister michelle walka
COaching Network coordinator
REV Keith Pearson
Regional Gift planner, ELCA Foundation