Synod Staff

The bishop, Synod staff and deans provide pastoral care, support and resources for our rostered and lay leaders and more than 150 congregations and worshipping communities.

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

7241 Germantown Avenue
Wiedemann Center
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1723

Phone: 267.323.3737

Scroll down for contact information for Synod staff members. Also view the contact list for conference deans.


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Burkat

The Rev. Claire Burkat
Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3747
Email: bishop@sepa.org

The Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat was elected the fourth bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on May 6, 2006 and re-elected to a second six-year term in May, 2012. She serves as spiritual leader of the 95,000 members and nearly 160 congregations 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
Email: ycurtis@sepa.org

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
Email: mschwab@sepa.org

The Rev. Rachel Anderson
Campaign Coordinator, Forward Together in Faith
Phone: 267.323.3745
Email: campaign@sepa.org


Candidacy, Mobility and Interim Ministry

Vocations and Leadership

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

Bill Harp
Coordinator
Phone: 267.323.3744
Email: bharp@sepa.org

Bill provides administrative support to SEPA’s Vocations and Leadership initiatives, including Candidacy, Mobility, Interim Ministry, Pulpit Supply and Leadership Development.

The Rev. Marcia Bell
Director for Mobility
Email: marciagbell@comcast.net

Deacon Allison Wilcox
Director of Candidacy
Email: awilcox@sepa.org

Deacon Wilcox oversees the candidacy process for future rostered ministers identified from our Synod.

 

The Rev. Sarah Stobie
Chair, Candidacy Committee
Phone: 610.277.1086
Email: sstobie@sepa.org

Chairs the Candidacy Committee, which helps candidates for rostered ministry discern their callings, and accompanies them through the candidacy process.


Communications

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.

Robert Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3743
Email: rfisher@sepa.org

Bob manages mission interpretation and communications, including our Synod’s website, email newsletter, videos, and media relations. He assists congregations with crisis communications and loves to equip 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. He can also provide workshops on web communications, understanding our digital culture, social media, and more.

Cynta Outterbridge
Communications Assistant and Database Manager
Phone: 267.323.3742
Email: coutterbridge@sepa.org

Mrs. Outterbridge handles day-to-day updates to the Synod website, ministrylink.org, 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. Patricia Davenport
Director for Evangelical Mission
Phone: 267.323.3746
Email: pdavenport@sepa.org

Pastor Davenport works with new mission starts and re-development congregations as the deployed Director for Evangelical Mission for our synod, working with new church plants as well as the Congregational Vitality Team.

Mercedes Lee
Coordinator 
Phone: 267.323.3752
Email: mlee@sepa.org

Mercedes provides support to Pastor Davenport 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.


Events

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

The Rev. Sue Lang
Events Planner
Phone: 267.323.3756
Email: slang@sepa.org

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

Cynta Outterbridge
Phone: 267.323.3742
Email: coutterbridge@sepa.org

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
Email: bburke@sepa.org

Pastor Burke works with the Synod’s youth ministry programs and volunteers, and will work to expand ministries with young adults. He also leads efforts to enhance spiritual formation across the Synod.

Mercedes Lee
Coordinator 
Phone: 267.323.3752
Email: mlee@sepa.org

Mercedes provides support to Pastor Davenport 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.