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.
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.
San Jose, CA
Basic Biographical Information: Bishop Selbo has been married for 33 years. He and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with four children and just recently with two grandchildren. Bishop Selbo graduated from San Jose State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1986 and earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching in 2013, both from Luther Seminary. He enjoys golfing, fishing, working in the yard and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Disaster Response Coordinator
The Disaster Response Coordinator works with NALC congregations to respond to disasters in their area.
The Newsletter Editor works with the Director of Communications to share the stories of the NALC.
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.
Current term ends August 2019
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.
Current term ends 2022
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.
Mr. James Gale
Current term ends 2022
Rev. Jennifer Gold
Current term ends 2023
Rev. Jeffray S. Greene
Peachtree City, GA
Current term ends 2021
Rev. Leslie Haines
Fort Wayne, IN
Current term ends 2023
Mr. Lyle Hollander
Current term ends 2021
Rev. John Moffett
Current term ends 2022
Rev. David Schafer
Current term ends 2020
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
Rev. K. Glen Johnson
Mr. Dan Reynolds
Rev. Solveig Zamzow
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. Mark Daniels (Centerville, OH; 740-603-5287)
Atlantic Mission Region (4 Mission Districts)
Central Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Daniel Schaefer (Green Lane, PA; 484-942-9364)
Region: South-central Pennsylvania (Lebanon, Lancaster and Berks counties and Abington)
Northeast Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Brett Jenkins (Saylorsburg, PA; 570-856-2184)
Region: Delaware, New Jersey, New England, eastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania
Southern Mission District
Dean: The Rev. John Kulczycki (Middle River, MD; 410-746-0249)
Region: Eastern Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia
Western Mission District
Dean: The Rev. W. Stevens Shipman (Dillsburg, PA; 570-916-7780)
Region: South-central Pennsylvania to the Maryland border, west of the Susquehanna River
Canadian Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Malcolm (Mac) de Waal (Medicine Hat, Alberta; 403-952-7817)
Carolinas Mission District
Central Pacific Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Douglas Schoelles (Kingsburg, CA)
Region: Northern California and northern Nevada
Eastern South Dakota Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Tom Christenson (Huron, SD; 605-554-1002)
Region: Eastern South Dakota
Great Plains Mission Region (3 Mission Districts)
Regional Dean: The Rev. Dennis Beckmann (Mankato, KS; 785-476-5220)
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)
Heartland Mission District
Iowa Mission District
Michigan Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Steve Hartten (Stevensville, MI; 269-556-7000)
Region: Michigan (lower peninsula)
Mid-Northeast Mission District
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
Northwest Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Jack Richards (Everett, WA)
Region: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
Ohio Mission Region (5 Mission Districts)
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
North Central Ohio Mission District
North Eastern Ohio Mission District
Dean: The Rev. Michael Koch (Medina, OH; 330-635-8008)
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
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
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)
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: The Rev. Alan Peacock (Jacksonville, FL; 904-553-4203)
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
Southwest Texas Mission District
Western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming Mission District
Dean: The Rev. David Baer (Whitewood, SD )
Region: western Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
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.