Synod Council

The Synod Council is the board of directors of this synod and serves serve as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly.

Minutes of Synod Council meetings are located in our Resource Library under the Minutes category.

Officers of the Synod

Name Congregation (conference) Term expires
Bishop Claire S. Burkat Holy Communion (Central Phila.) 2018
Tracey A. Beasley, vice president Reformation, Phila. (Northeast Phila.) 2017
Rev. Karl Richard, secretary St. Matthew, Springfield (Delaware) 2019
Janet Neff, CPA, treasurer
Grace, Royersford (Upper Montgomery) 2019


Name Congregation (conference) Term expires
Rev. Sarah Anderson-Rajarigam Grace, Drexel Hill (Delaware) 2019
Rev. Regina Goodrich Mediator, Philadelphia (Central Phila.) 2019
Rev. Dwight Mason  Good Shepherd, Philadelphia (Northeast Phila.) 2019
Rev. Christopher McKinstry St. James, Limerick (Upper Montgomery) 2020
Rev. Lydia Posselt Family of God, Buckingham (Lower Bucks) 2020
Rev. Tyler Rasmussen Trinity, Pleasant Valley (Upper Bucks) 2017
Rev. Lizette Rios-Sanchez Iglesia Luterana Nueva Creacion (Central Phila.) 2018
Rev. Serena Sellers Christ, Kulpsville (Lower Montgomery) 2020
Rev. Laura Tancredi St. Paul’s Ardmore (Delaware) 2018


Name, constituency Congregation (conference) Term expires
Emanuel Alves, young adult Holy Communion, Philadelphia (Central Phila.) 2019
Raine Bedeaux, youth Trinity, Perkasie (Upper Bucks) 2019
Adam Clark, Northeast Phila. Zion, Olney (Northeast Phila.) 2019
Cheryl Detwiler, Upper Montgomery Grace, Pottstown (Upper Montgomery) 2019
David Egret, Delaware Grace, Broomall (Delaware) 2019
Emily Fowler, young adult St. Luke, Devon (Chester), young adult 2019
Henry Geyer, Jr., Lower Montgomery Living Word, Roslyn (Lower Montgomery) 2020
Nicholas Gentile, youth Advent, West Chester (Chester) 2019
Albert Glenn, at-large St. John, Melrose Park (Lower Montgomery) 2020
William Graham, at large Prince of Peace, Philadelphia (Northeast Phila.)  2019
Lisa Hand, at-large Good Shepherd, King of Prussia (Lower Montgomery) 2019
Robert Hensil, at-large Temple, Havertown (Delaware) 2018
Joyce Maloney, Central Phila. Trinity, Philadelphia (Central) 2018
Susan Pursch, at-large  University, Phila. (Central Phila.) 2018
Phil Tackett, Upper Bucks St. Peter, Hilltown (Upper Bucks) 2018
Elizabeth Young, Lower Bucks  Resurrection, Yardley (Lower Bucks) 2020
Sandra Zimmerman, Chester  St. John, Phoenixville (Chester) 2020

Open Positions: Lay Female At Large (term expiring 2020)


The Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop

Ms. Tracey Beasley, Vice President

The Rev. Karl Richard, Secretary

Ms. Janet Huber Neff, Treasurer

Mr. Emanuel Alves

Ms. Lisa Hand

Pr. Laura Tancredi


Women of the ELCA rep: Joy Grace