office of the bishop


Eastern north Dakota Synod Staff

  • Rev Tessa Moon Leiseth

    Bishop

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    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

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    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 Transition


    Pastor 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

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    Deacon Erin works with new starts, congregation vitality, advocacy & justice, global church, area ministry strategies, mission support, holy closure/resurrection, and the coaching network.

  • mark rice

    director of generosity & mission innovation

  • Alex Friese

    office manager

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    Alex is the friendly voice that answers telephone calls, cares for office operations, serves as the executive assistant to the bishop, keeps our records in good order, and supports synod administration.



  • Alex benson-tuff

    Connections coordinator & First call theological education coordinator

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    Deacon Alex keeps us connected through online communications (E-Newsletter, Social Media) and event support, including Synod Assembly. She also coordinates the First Call Theological Education program. 

  • Marietta Wahl

    Finance manager

  • Rev Jon Olson

    Vital Leaders ENDOWMENT COORDINATOR

  • Deacon michelle walka

    COaching Network coordinator