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Lean structure with the local church at its heart

The NALC is very lean structurally, but there is enough structure to help congregations with their ministries. The NALC’s focus is on assisting the ministry of congregations, not on congregations assisting the ministry of the national church.

Executive Staff

The Bishop carries out a pastoral ministry within the church, serving as pastor for the pastors and congregations of the NALC. The Bishop preaches the Gospel, forgives sins, administers the Sacraments and judges doctrine (Augsburg Confession XXVIII). The Bishop carries out a ministry of visitation throughout the church, is a defender of the faith, and promotes the mission of the church.

San Jose, California, United States

Basic Biographical Information: Bishop Selbo has been married for 33 years. He and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with four children and just recently with two grandchildren. Bishop Selbo graduated from San Jose State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1986 and earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching in 2013, both from Luther Seminary. He enjoys golfing, fishing, working in the yard and spending time with family and friends.

The General Secretary functions as the chief operating officer of the NALC, managing its day-to-day administrative functions.

Norwalk, Ohio, United States

The Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications works with the NALC Executive Staff, Executive Council, and others in the organization to develop and implement communications and marketing strategies to support overall NALC goals and messages, and reach individuals and congregations looking for a Christ-centered, mission-driven church that is making disciples. He also collaborates with pastors, congregations, and others in the NALC to achieve message and identity consistency and the highest standards for internal and external communications.

State College, Pennsylvania, United States

The Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba

Assistant to the Bishop for Missions

The Assistant to the Bishop for Missions leads efforts on behalf of the NALC in coordinating local, regional and international mission activity within the church and support for other related activities.

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

The Rev. Phillip Gagnon, STS

Assistant to the Bishop for Domestic Mission & Discipleship

The Assistant to the Bishop for Domestic Mission and Discipleship focuses his efforts in domestic mission, working to support efforts to plant new churches and provide congregational renewal. He also works with the Life-to-Life Discipleship Team to support pastors, lay leaders and congregations interested in intentionally developing disciple-making cultures within their congregations.

St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

The NALS President serves as administrator of the North American Lutheran Seminary system, including the Seminary Center at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA and other partner seminaries.

Ambridge, Pennsylvania & Ashland, Ohio

The Rev. Dr. David Wendel

Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry & Ecumenism

The Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism assists congregations in finding pastors and assists pastors in finding calls in NALC congregations. He also serves as the Bishop’s representative by responding to invitations, addressing concerns, representing the NALC and finding opportunities to foster and further the NALC’s ecumenical and inter-Lutheran commitments.

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Program Staff

The Rev. Brad Hales

Director of Renewal Ministries

Working together with the Assistant to the Bishop for Mission, the Director of Renewal Ministries works with NALC mission teams to develop a vision and strategy for congregational renewal.

Culpeper, VA

Mary Bates

Disaster Response Coordinator

The Disaster Response Coordinator works with NALC congregations to respond to disasters in their area.

Caldwell, OH

The Rev. Dr. David Baer

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor works with the Director of Communications to share the stories of the NALC.

Whitewood, SD

Evans, GA

The Rev. Shelly Schultz

Call Process Coordinator

Jackson Center, OH

Loveland, OH

Administrative Staff

Anne Gleason

Financial Administrator

New Brighton, MN

Ariel Wicker

Communications Specialist

Pittsburgh, PA

Becky Seifert

Assistant to the Executive Staff

Hilliard, OH

Joan Corniea

Financial Assistant

New Brighton, MN

Patty Forrest

Administrative Assistant to the NALS President

Ambridge, PA

Executive Council

The Executive Council functions as the board of directors for the NALC, providing leadership for the church between the annual Convocations. The Executive Council consists of the Bishop, four clergy and four lay members who are elected for staggered four-year terms. Terms begin on October 1 in the year elected and end on September 30, four years later. No member of the Executive Council, except the Bishop, may serve more than two consecutive full terms. A partial term of more than two years is considered a full term. The General Secretary, Recording Secretary and Treasurer have voice but not vote on the Executive Council.

The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the NALC, overseeing the receiving and disbursing of all funds and keeping accurate accounts of all transactions. Further, the Treasurer provides complete and accurate reports for review by all members of the NALC.

Sedona, AZ
Current term ends 2024

Rev. Melinda H. Jones

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary is appointed by the Executive Council and assures that proper records are made and retained. Among other things, the Recording Secretary shall assure the maintenance of current lists of (i) ordained ministers of the NALC; (ii) congregations of the NALC; and (iii) commissioned lay leaders of the NALC. The lists maintained by the Recording Secretary shall be used to determine who may participate in Convocations and exercise other rights of membership.

Summerville, SC
Current term ends 2022

Lay Positions

Clergy Positions

Court of Adjudication

The Court of Adjudication hears appeals from disciplinary decisions; resolves questions of interpretation of NALC governing documents; and decides claims that a person or entity has violated these governing documents. The Court of Adjudication consists of seven members, each elected to a four-year term by the annual Convocation. Terms begin on October 1 in the year elected and end on September 30, four years later. Any member of an NALC congregation shall be eligible for election and service.

Read the Court’s “Rules of Procedure”

Mr. Samuel Duncomb
Northwood, IA
Current term ends 2024

Mr. James Gale
Washington, DC
Current term ends 2022

Rev. Jennifer Gold
Helotes, TX
Current term ends 2023

Rev. Jeffray S. Greene
Brooks, GA
Current term ends 2025

Rev. Leslie Haines
Fort Wayne, IN
Current term ends 2023

Mr. Matthew Lind
Bainbridge Island, WA
Current term ends 2025

Rev. John Moffett
Ashland, OH
Current term ends 2022

Inquiry Panel

The NALC Constitution authorizes the Executive Council to develop a process for discipline and appeals. The Inquiry Panel is a part of that plan should such a process be needed.

Rev. Tom Lurvey
Winnipeg, MB

Rev. Lisa Peterson
Marblehead, OH

Mr. Dan Reynolds
Abilene, KS

Mission Districts

Congregations shall join in collaboration to fulfill most effectively the ministry and mission of the NALC, normally based on common geographic boundaries. Such organization shall be done in consultation with the bishop and subject to the approval of the executive council.

The deans, who shall be ordained ministers of the NALC, shall be accountable to the bishop and shall support the work of the bishop by conducting similar functions in their respective mission districts. Deans shall serve as pastor to pastors, their families, and congregations and will conduct a ministry of teaching and visitation with pastors and congregations. Deans may continue to serve under the call of a congregation.

Convener of the Deans

The Rev. Mark Daniels (Centerville, OH; 740-603-5287)

Atlantic Mission Region (4 Mission Districts)

Regional Dean

The Rev. W. Stevens Shipman Jr. (Dillsburg, PA; 570-916-7780)
Email     Website

Central Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Daniel Schaefer Sr. (Green Lane, PA; 484-942-9364)
Region: South-central Pennsylvania (Lebanon, Lancaster and Berks counties and Abington)

Northeast Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Brett Jenkins (Saylorsburg, PA; 570-856-2184)
Region: Delaware, New Jersey, New England, eastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania

Southern Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro (Warrenton, VA)
Region: Eastern Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia

Western Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Paula Murray (Glen Rock, PA)
Region: South-central Pennsylvania to the Maryland border, west of the Susquehanna River

Canadian Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Malcolm (Mac) de Waal (Outlook, Saskatchewan; 403-952-7817)
Region: Canada

Carolinas Mission Region (4 Mission Districts)

Catawba Valley Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Dr. Nathan Howard Yoder (Maiden, NC; 828-485-7155)
Email              Website 

South Carolina Mission District

Dean: The Rev. David B. Tholstrup (Chapin, SC; 803-210-5359)
Email              Website 

Southern Piedmont Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Steven Paul King (Lincolnton, NC; 919-222-9071)
Email              Website 

Piedmont-East Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Kenneth W. Reed Jr. (China Grove, NC; 704-796-1764)
Email              Website 

Central Pacific Mission District

Dean: The Rev. John Saethre (Fresno, CA)
Region: Northern California and northern Nevada

Eastern South Dakota Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Thomas Christenson (Castlewood, SD; 605-793-2444)
Region: Eastern South Dakota

Great Plains Mission Region (3 Mission Districts)

Regional Dean

The Rev. Dennis Beckmann (Mankato, KS; 785-476-5220)

Great Plains Mission District East

Dean: The Rev. Fritz Brandenburg (Westboro, MO)
Region: East of Hwy 77

Great Plains Mission District South

Dean: Vacancy
Region: South of 400 through Missouri including Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ava, Missouri

Great Plains Mission District West

Dean: The Rev. Jeff Cottingham (Gothenburg, NE)
Region: Hwy 77 North to South and KS 400 East to West

Great Rivers Mission District

Dean: The Rev. James T. Lehmann (Thomasboro, IL; 217-694-4156)
Region: Illinois

Heartland Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Doug Gast (Greenfield, IN; 317-727-0612)
Region: Indiana and Kentucky
Email               Website

Iowa Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Christopher Staley (Saint Ansgar, IA; 515-357-9052)
Region: Iowa
Email               Website

Michigan Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Steve Hartten (Stevensville, MI; 269-556-7000)
Region: Michigan (lower peninsula)

Mid-Northeast Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Nila Cogan (Friedens, PA; 814-483-0296)
Region: western Maryland, western New York, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Email                Website

Mid-South Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Scott Ness (Fayetteville, GA; 614-483-1046)
Region:  Alabama, Florida panhandle, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee

Minkota Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Steve Bliss (Wannaska, MN; 218-469-2182)
Region: Minnesota and eastern North Dakota
Email                Website

Northwest Mission District

Co-Deans: The Rev. Jody Becker (Salem, OR), The Rev. Ian Wolfe (Baker City, OR)
Region: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Email The Rev. Jody Becker         Email The Rev. Ian Wolfe

Ohio Mission Region (5 Mission Districts)

North West Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Hilbert (Bert) Schultz (Jackson Center, OH; 715-418-1037)
Region: counties of Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby (north of Ohio 119), Van Wert, Williams, and Wood
Email                Website

North Central Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Diana Seaman (Crestline, OH)
Region: counties of Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandott
Email                Website

North Eastern Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Michael Koch (Medina, OH; 330-635-8008)
Region: counties of Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne
Email                Website

Southeastern Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Jeffrey Morlock (Galloway, OH; 614-404-1915)
Region: counties of Athens, Belmont, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, and Washington
Email                Website

Southwest Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Paul Schultz (Cincinnati, OH)
Region: counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby (south of Ohio 119)
Email               Website

Rocky Mountain Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Ken Hohag (Colorado Springs, CO)
Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the corner of Texas below New Mexico

Sonshine Mission District of Florida

Dean: The Rev. Alan Peacock (Jacksonville, FL; 904-553-4203)
Region: Florida (except panhandle area)

Southwest Pacific Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Randy Ouimette (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Region: Arizona, southern California, Hawaii and southern Nevada

Texas Mission Region (3 Mission Districts)

North Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Mark Braaten (Bullard, TX; 903-316-1594)
Region: Texas (north)

Southeast Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Kris Brower (Brenham, TX; 979-530-3166)
Region: Texas (southeast) and Louisiana
Email                 Website

Southwest Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Norm Sulaica (Three Rivers, TX; 361-362-9108)
Region: Texas (southwest)
Email                 Website

Western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming  Mission District

Dean: The Rev. David Baer  (Whitewood, SD )
Region: western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming

Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Co-Deans: The Rev. Mark Knappe (Menomonee Falls, WI), The Rev. Tom Reiff (Arbor Vitae, WI;)
Region: Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Email The Rev. Mark Knappe          Email The Rev. Tom Reiff


Ministry of Oversight

The Church is expressed primarily in the congregation but is also manifested in wider structures that serve the ministry of the local congregation. Oversight in the Church has been fundamental since New Testament times. The NALC is served by a bishop, and by regional pastors who are called deans. Both men and women may serve in all offices of the church.

Learn more about the Ministry of Oversight.