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Lean structure with the local church at its heart

The NALC is very lean structurally, but there is enough structure to help congregations with their ministries. The NALC’s focus is on assisting the ministry of congregations, not on congregations assisting the ministry of the national church.

Executive Staff

The Bishop carries out a pastoral ministry within the church, serving as pastor for the pastors and congregations of the NALC. The Bishop preaches the Gospel, forgives sins, administers the Sacraments and judges doctrine (Augsburg Confession XXVIII). The Bishop carries out a ministry of visitation throughout the church, is a defender of the faith, and promotes the mission of the church.

Bradenton, FL
Current term ends August 2019

Rev. Mark C. Chavez

General Secretary

The General Secretary is a full-time staff position and functions as the chief operating officer of the NALC, managing its day-to-day administrative functions.

Landisville, PA
Phone: 717-898-0801
Fax: 717-898-8178

Rev. Dr. David Wendel

Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry & Ecumenism

The Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism assists congregations in finding pastors and assists pastors in finding calls in NALC congregations. He also serves as the Bishop’s representative by responding to invitations, addressing concerns, representing the NALC and finding opportunities to foster and further the NALC’s ecumenical and inter-Lutheran commitments.

Jacksonville, FL

Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba

Assistant to the Bishop for Missions

The Assistant to the Bishop for Missions leads efforts on behalf of the NALC in coordinating local, regional and international mission activity within the church and support for other related activities.

Atlanta, GA

Andrew S. Fuller

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications works with the NALC Executive Staff, Executive Council, and others in the organization to develop and implement communications and marketing strategies to support overall NALC goals and messages, and reach individuals and congregations looking for a Christ-centered, mission-driven church that is making disciples. He also collaborates with pastors, congregations, and others in the NALC to achieve message and identity consistency and the highest standards for internal and external communications.

Ambridge, PA

Program Staff

The NALS President serves as administrator of both the North American Lutheran Seminary and the NALS Seminary Center at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA.

Ambridge, PA

Rev. Brad Hales

Director of Domestic Mission

Working together with the Assistant to the Bishop for Mission, the Director of Domestic Mission works with NALC mission teams to develop a vision and strategy for domestic mission work.

Culpeper, VA

Gary & Laurie Pecuch

Youth & Family Ministry Coach

The NALC does not have any youth ministry staff members. However, the NALC has entered into an agreement with faithwebbing.com to provide consultation for NALC congregations. faithwebbing.com is a web-based youth ministry coaching service. Their vision is to wrap children and youth in a web of faith so loving and so caring that they will know Jesus and always want to a part of a local congregation.

Grove City, OH

Mary Bates

Disaster Response Coordinator

The Disaster Response Coordinator works with NALC congregations to respond to disasters in their area.

Caldwell, OH

Rev. Dr. David Baer

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor works with the Director of Communications to share the stories of the NALC.

Whitewood, SD

Administrative Staff

Executive Council

The Executive Council functions as the board of directors for the NALC, providing leadership for the church between the annual Convocations. The Executive Council consists of the Bishop, four clergy and four lay members who are elected for staggered four-year terms. Terms begin on October 1 in the year elected and end on September 30, four years later. No member of the Executive Council, except the Bishop, may serve more than two consecutive full terms. A partial term of more than two years is considered a full term. The General Secretary, Recording Secretary and Treasurer have voice but not vote on the Executive Council.

The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the NALC, overseeing the receiving and disbursing of all funds and keeping accurate accounts of all transactions. Further, the Treasurer provides complete and accurate reports for review by all members of the NALC.

Washington, DC
Current term ends August 2019

Rev. Melinda H. Jones

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary is appointed by the Executive Council and assures that proper records are made and retained. Among other things, the Recording Secretary shall assure the maintenance of current lists of (i) ordained ministers of the NALC; (ii) congregations of the NALC; and (iii) commissioned lay leaders of the NALC. The lists maintained by the Recording Secretary shall be used to determine who may participate in Convocations and exercise other rights of membership.

Summerville, SC
Current term ends 2022

Lay Positions

Clergy Positions

Court of Adjudication

The Court of Adjudication hears appeals from disciplinary decisions; resolves questions of interpretation of NALC governing documents; and decides claims that a person or entity has violated these governing documents. The Court of Adjudication consists of seven members, each elected to a four-year term by the annual Convocation. Terms begin on October 1 in the year elected and end on September 30, four years later. Any member of an NALC congregation shall be eligible for election and service.

Read the Court’s “Rules of Procedure”

Ms. Carolyn Nestingen
St. Paul, MN and Dallas, OR
Current term ends 2019

Rev. Marty Ramey
Dallas, NC
Current term ends 2019

Rev. David Schafer
Waukon, IA
Current term ends 2020

Rev. Jeffray S. Greene
Peachtree City, GA
Current term ends 2021

Mr. Lyle Hollander
Boyden, IA
Current term ends 2021

Mr. James Gale
Washington, DC
Current term ends 2022

Rev. John Moffett
Ashland, OH
Current term ends 2022

Inquiry Panel

The NALC Constitution authorizes the Executive Council to develop a process for discipline and appeals. The Inquiry Panel is a part of that plan should such a process be needed.

Rev. Jim Bangsund
San Jose, California
408-264-3858 ext 138

Rev. K. Glen Johnson 
Calgary, Alberta

Rev. Ralph Kempski 
Aiken, South Carolina

Rev. Solveig Zamzow 
Grafton, Iowa

Mr. Vic Stevens 
North Ridgeville, Ohio

Mission Districts

Congregations shall join in collaboration to fulfill most effectively the ministry and mission of the NALC, normally based on common geographic boundaries. Such organization shall be done in consultation with the bishop and subject to the approval of the executive council.

The deans, who shall be ordained ministers of the NALC, shall be accountable to the bishop and shall support the work of the bishop by conducting similar functions in their respective mission districts. Deans shall serve as pastor to pastors, their families, and congregations and will conduct a ministry of teaching and visitation with pastors and congregations. Deans may continue to serve under the call of a congregation.

Convener of the Deans

The Rev. Daniel Powell (Springfield, OH; 937-399-6257)

Atlantic Mission District

Dean: The Rev. David McGettigan (Atlantic City, NJ; 609-742-2449)
Region: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland (eastern), Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (eastern), Pennsylvania (eastern), Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington DC.
Email           Website

Canadian Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Malcolm (Mac) de Waal (Medicine Hat, Alberta; 403-952-7817)
Region: Canada

Caribbean and Spanish-Speaking Mission District

Dean: Vacant
Region: Caribbean and Hispanic ministries

Carolinas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Dr. Nathan Howard Yoder (Maiden, NC; 828-485-7155)
Region: North Carolina and South Carolina
Email              Website 

Central Pacific Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Daniel Selbo (San Jose, CA)
Region: Northern California and northern Nevada

Eastern South Dakota Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Randy Eisenbeisz  (Hayti, SD; 605-783-3312)
Region: Eastern South Dakota

Great Plains Mission Region (3 Mission Districts)

Great Plains Mission District East

Dean: The Rev. Fritz Brandenburg (Westboro, MO)
Region: East of Hwy 77

Great Plains Mission District South

Dean: The Rev. Richard Solberg (Bella Vista, AR)
Region: South of Hwy 400; including Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Ava, MO

Great Plains Mission District West

Dean: The Rev. Keith Less (Abilene, KS)
Region: Hwy 77 North to South and KS 400 East to West

Great Rivers Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Preston Foster (Metropolis, IL; 618-638-0147)
Region: Illinois

Heartland Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Pamela Thorson (Elizabethtown, KY)
Region: Indiana and Kentucky

Iowa Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Marshall Hahn (St. Olaf, IA; 563-880-9714)
Region: Iowa
Email               Website

Michigan Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Philip Nordstrand (Grand Rapids, MI; 231-794-1542)
Region: Michigan (lower peninsula)

Mid-Northeast Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Carl Johnson (Kittanning, PA; 724-548-2051)
Region: western Maryland, western New York, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Email                Website

Mid-South Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Trina Petersen  (Lithonia, GA; 404-408-3481)
Region:  Alabama, Florida panhandle, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee

Minkota Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Lyle Belleque (Devils Lake, ND; 701-662-3565)
Region: Minnesota and eastern North Dakota
Email                Website

Northwest Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Jack Richards (Everett, WA)
Region: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Ohio Mission Region (5 Mission Districts)

Website               View map of Ohio Mission Region

North West Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. William Maki (Saint Marys, OH)
Region: counties of Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby (north of Ohio 119), Van Wert, Williams, and Wood
Email                Website

North Central Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Paul Larson (Mansfield, OH)
Region: counties of Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandott
Email                Website

North Eastern Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Robert Quaintance (Youngstown, OH)
Region: counties of Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne
Email                Website

Southeastern Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Jeffrey Morlock (Galloway, OH; 614-404-1915)
Region: counties of Athens, Belmont, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, and Washington
Email                Website

Southwest Ohio Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Mark Daniels (Centerville, OH; 740-603-5287)
Region: counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby (south of Ohio 119)
Email               Website

Rocky Mountain Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Ken Hohag (Colorado Springs, CO)
Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the corner of Texas below New Mexico

Sonshine Mission District of Florida

Dean: Vacant
Region: Florida (except panhandle area)

Southwest Pacific Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Marvin Combs (Huntington Beach, CA)
Region: Arizona, southern California, Hawaii and southern Nevada

Texas Mission Region (3 Mission Districts)

North Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. John Scheusner (Arlington, TX; 817-296-8670)
Region: Texas (north)

Southeast Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. B.A. (Tim) Christ (Richmond, TX; 281-762-3310)
Region: Texas (southeast) and Louisiana
Email                 Website

Southwest Texas Mission District

Dean: The Rev. Norm Sulaica (Three Rivers, TX; 361-362-9108)
Region: Texas (southwest)
Email                 Website


Dean: The Rev. Bradley Hales (Culpeper, VA)
Region: Virginia

Western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming  Mission District

Dean: The Rev. David Baer  (Whitewood, SD )
Region: western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming

Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Dean: The Rev. Craig Nehring (Caroline, WI; 715-754-5045)
Region: Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Email                Website

Ministry of Oversight

The Church is expressed primarily in the congregation but is also manifested in wider structures that serve the ministry of the local congregation. Oversight in the Church has been fundamental since New Testament times. The NALC is served by a bishop, and by regional pastors who are called deans. Both men and women may serve in all offices of the church.

Learn more about the Ministry of Oversight.