Synod Staff

Bishop Daniel Beaudoin

Bishop Daniel Beaudoin

Bishop

Bishop Daniel serves as the pastor for our synod. He leads, in collaboration with the Synod Council and Assembly, the implementation of the synod’s mission and vision. He oversees the work of the synod staff and oversees the Roster of Ministers including the ordination, installation, appointment, and discipline as necessary.

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Sherry Krieger

Sherry Krieger

Assistant to the Bishop for Strengthening Parishes & Parish Development

Sherry provides oversight for congregational relations with a focus on Ministry of Presence and Preventative Health. She is providing leadership for the Call Process in tandem with the Call Facilitators and Interim Pastors; is responsible for congregational care in matters of transition and conflict, providing resourcing, consultation and leadership development; and is assisting the Bishop in staff and synodical development.

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Sarah Schaaf

Sarah Schaaf

Assistant to the Bishop for Emerging Church and Community Engagement

Pastor Sarah works with congregations and ministers to intentionally engage with their communities and leads mission and visioning workshops for congregations and leaders. She also works with Churchwide (national ELCA) on grant opportunities. Pastor Sarah also coordinates the synod’s diakonia program of lay theological education, in addition to preaching and teaching throughout NWOS congregations.

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Marilynn Dunn

Interim Executive Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

Marilynn provides scheduling, communication, and administrative support for the Bishop and assists the bishop with pastoral care for Rostered and Authorized Ministers. She also maintains the synod’s database and files, in addition to ELCA reporting related to Rostered Ministers and congregations.

*Marilynn is using “jennifer.prueter@nwos-elca.org” email address.

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Cheryl Sondergeld

Cheryl Sondergeld

Director of Leadership Development

Cheryl provides leadership for our programming, events, and coordination of volunteers, in addition to supporting the Call Process for congregations in transition. She also oversees and facilitates our Candidacy process, working closely with Bishop Daniel, Sherry Krieger and the Synod Candidacy Team to provide guidance to individuals from discernment to ordination.

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Caroline Guy

Caroline Guy

Director of Communication and Connection

Caroline leads the implementation of the synod’s communication strategy, coordinating the synod’s social media and general communications. Caroline works closely with Brent to update the synod’s webpage and provide technology support for staff. Caroline also coordinates and provides planning for some synodical events.

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Calla Gilson

Calla Gilson

Director of Community and Global Engagement

Calla coordinates discipleship initiatives for our synod including the Innovator Learning Academy and helps lead mission and visioning workshops for congregational councils and leaders. In addition, Calla coordinates some grant opportunities including grants for campus ministries and Imagining Renewal microgrants. Calla also coordinates some synodical fundraising appeals.

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Linda Henschen

Business Manager

Jacob Henry

Jacob Henry

Governance and Policy Specialist

Brent Gnagey

Brent Gnagey

Technology Specialist

Diane Stultz

Diane Stultz

Administrative Assistant