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 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
Fax: 267.323.3777

Email: info@sepa.org

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


Office of the Bishop

 

The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport
Bishop
Phone: 267.323.3747
Email: bishop@sepa.org

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
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


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.

 

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 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
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


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Director for Evangelical Mission
Phone: 267.323.3746
Email:

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
Coordinator 
Phone: 267.323.3752
Email: mlee@sepa.org

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.


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

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
Coordinator 
Phone: 267.323.3752
Email: mlee@sepa.org

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
215.226.0167
evanggee@comcast.net
   
Chester Rev. Ron Wesemann
St. Peter’s, Chester Springs
610.933.9611
revwesemann@stpeterschestersprings.org
   
Delaware Rev. Leslie Richard
Grace, Broomall
610.356.1824
delcodeanlmr@gmail.com
   
Lower Bucks Rev. Dr. Norbert Hahn
Immanuel, Somerton
215.464.1540
PastorILC@gmail.com
   
Lower Montgomery Rev. Julie DeWerth
Good Shepherd, King of Prussia
610.265.4545
juliedewerth@gmail.com
   
Northeast/Northwest Philadelphia Rev. Jane Marston
Tabor Lutheran Church, Philadelphia
(215) 455-1706
taborphila@comcast.net
   
Upper Bucks Rev. Carolann Hopcke
Christ, Trumbauersville
215.536.3193
christselca@verizon.net
   
Upper Montgomery Rev. Chris McKinstry
St. James’, Limerick
610.287.7231
pastor@stjameslimerick.com
   
Interim Ministry Rev. Christian McMullan
484.986.8607
cmcmullan71@gmail.com
   
Director of Mobility The Rev. Marcia Bell
215.257.6801
marciagbell@comcast.net

Updated June 20, 2018