Member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sault Ste Marie ON;
Five years of bank experience with understanding of investment/borrowing strategies, financial planning and budgeting.; Twelve years as a parish pastor with a clear understanding of the role GSI has in a congregational life and for clergy, the issues facing congregations regarding benefit package costs, and the budgeting process in the parish. ; Treasurer for National Theological Students Conference--budgeting, financial planning. ; Conference dean and synod committee chair--planning skills, communication skills, budgeting.
Excellent budgeting skills and financial background.; Excellent listening, communication and research skills.; Ability to do long range planning.; Understanding GSI as it relates to the parish/clergy.;
How can the church bring hope to a society which seems to lack hope?; How can we help the small congregations in their work to afford ordained clergy?; How can we strengthen the seminaries of our church, especially in teaching Lutheran theology and about Martin Luther himself?; Social justice issues. Have been involved in TEN DAYS (now KAIROS) since 1991.; World Mission. Former chair of Synod World Mission Committee.
My concern is the balkanization of our church. Instead of dividing ourselves according to synods, or West and East, we need to strengthen ELCIC as a national entity. We can do this by the opening of more lines of communication between synods, seminaries and parishes so that we can learn from each other, and through this sharing, grow stronger in our mission and work better together to strengthen the proclamation of the Word and the administration of the sacraments from coast to coast to coast. My prayer is that ELCIC will flourish and be a relevant voice for the people who are a part of the ELCIC, and the society at large. That it will always stand with the people of Canada, making sure the doors to our congregations are open to all who wish to be part of our mission in proclaiming the lifesaving gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.