Synod Staff and Deans

The bishop, Synod staff and deans provide pastoral care, support and resources for our rostered and lay leaders and more than 140 congregations and worshipping communities.

The Synod office is located at the Philadelphia campus of United Lutheran Seminary:

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
7241 Germantown Avenue
Wiedemann Center
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1723

Phone: 267.323.3737
Fax: 267.323.3777


Scroll down for contact information for Synod staff members and conference deans.

Office of the Bishop


The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport
Phone: 267.323.3747

The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport was elected the fifth bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on May 5, 2018 and assumed office Aug. 1, 2018. She serves as spiritual leader of the 70,000 members and 154 congregations and worshipping communities of the synod. The bishop oversees and administers the work of our Synod, provides pastoral care and leadership to the Synod, our congregations, and professional leaders: pastors, associates in ministry, deaconesses and diaconal ministers.

Yvonne Curtis
Director of Operations and Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3747

Mrs. Curtis manages office operations and staff and is executive assistant and scheduler for the bishop. Contact her for all requests to the office of the bishop, including appointments with and visits by the bishop.

Business Office

The Business Office oversees the fiscal operations of the synod and resource development, and provides programs to assist congregation treasurers and pastors manage congreation finances.

Martin Schwab
Senior Accountant
Phone: 267.323.3754

Candidacy, Mobility and Interim Ministry, Mission Advancement

Vocations and Leadership works to identify, raise up, and support leaders for the Church through the candidacy and mobility functions and interim ministry.

Mission Advancement cultivates generosity and ongoing support of the ministries of the Synod.

The Rev. Karen M. Sease
Assistant to the Bishop for Vocations and Leadership/Mission Advancement
Phone: 267-323-3744

The Rev. Paul Neff
Chair, Candidacy Committee


The Rev. Marcia Bell
Director for Mobility




Communications tells the story of the work we are doing together in congregations, as a synod, and through the ELCA and global Lutheran agencies, and equips congregations and leaders to make that story relevant in their context.

The Rev. Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3743

Bob manages mission interpretation and communications, including our Synod’s website, email newsletter, videos, and media relations. He assists congregations with crisis communications and equipping congregations to improve their communications. Contact Bob with stories of your congregation’s newsworthy activities or for consultation with worship media, emerging worship, outreach, and crisis communications issues.

Cynta Outterbridge
Communications Assistant and Database Manager
Phone: 267.323.3742

Mrs. Outterbridge handles day-to-day updates to the Synod website,, and compiles the bi-weekly SEPANews e-mail updates. She also manages the Synod databases of rostered leaders, congregations, congregational contacts and other constituents and is the statistician for the Synod. Contact her with changes to your contact information. She is assistant to Mr. Fisher and provides computer support for Synod staff.

Congregational Vitality

The Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Jr

Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission
Phone: 267.323.3746

The director works with new mission starts and re-development congregations as deployed ELCA staff for our synod, working with new church starts as well as the Congregational Vitality Team.

Mercedes Lee
Phone: 267.323.3752

Miss Lee provides support to the director for evangelical mission and the congregational vitality programs, and to Pastor Burke and the youth, young adult and faith formation programs. She also serves as the synod receptionist.



Synod Assembly, Bishop’s Convocation, and other major synod events.

The Rev. Sue Lang
Events Planner
Phone: 267.323.3756

Pastor Lang handles planning and logistics for major Synod events, including the Assembly and Convocation.

Cynta Outterbridge
Phone: 267.323.3742

In addition to communications and database duties, Mrs. Outterbridge is assistant to Pastor Lang and registrar for Assembly and Convocation.

Faith Formation and Discipleship


Youth and Young Adult Ministries

The Rev. Bradley Burke
Assistant to the Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3762

Rev. Bradley Burke provides leadership and support to the discipleship, innovation, and leadership ministries of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. He guides the programs of the synod to equip congregations and leaders for faithful, meaningful ministry in a rapidly changing world – coordinating our synod’s First Call Education ministry, Brave New Church initiative, Leadership for Faithful Innovation program, and various learning and equipping events throughout the year. He also works to support the Discipleship and Faith Formation ministries of our synod’s congregations through coaching, coordinating synod-wide events for youth and young adults, and guiding the work of our synod’s Youth Leadership Team. Additionally, he facilitates and supports the synod’s relationship with the people, staff, and ministries of the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), in partnership with the Tanzania Companionship Team and the Bishop.

Mercedes Lee
Phone: 267.323.3752

Miss Lee provides support to the director for evangelical mission and the congregational vitality programs, and to Pastor Burke and the youth, young adult and faith formation programs. She also serves as the synod receptionist.

Conference Deans


Conference Dean
Central Philadelphia Rev. Regina Goodrich
Mediator, Philadelphia
Chester Rev. Ron Wesemann
St. Peter’s, Chester Springs
Delaware Rev. Leslie Richard
Grace, Broomall
Lower Bucks Rev. Dr. Norbert Hahn
Immanuel, Somerton
Lower Montgomery Rev. Julie DeWerth
Good Shepherd, King of Prussia
Northeast/Northwest Philadelphia Rev. Jane Marston
Tabor Lutheran Church, Philadelphia
(215) 455-1706
Upper Bucks Rev. Carolann Hopcke
Christ, Trumbauersville
Upper Montgomery Rev. Chris McKinstry
St. James’, Limerick
Interim Ministry Rev. Christian McMullan
Director of Mobility The Rev. Marcia Bell

Updated June 26, 2019