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Synod Staff

The Greater Milwaukee Synod is led by a staff of professionals called together in Christ to serve, connect and lead.

The synod staff is guided by this mission statement: “Called together in Christ, we serve, connect and lead the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”

Bishop

Rev. Paul D. Erickson

Rev. Paul D. Erickson

  Bishop
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The Rev. Paul D. Erickson was elected June 4, 2016 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “I’m excited and hopeful about our future as we continue the work of establishing vibrant faith communities committed to working with God in the establishment of a […]

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Bishop's Assistants

Rhonda Hill

Rhonda Hill

  Director of Discipleship
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Rhonda Hill has been called as the Director of Discipleship for the Greater Milwaukee Synod Staff. Rhonda brings her gifts of building partnerships as she is called as the synod liaison to partnership ministries both locally and globally and works to help identify and establish new partnerships in the synod. She is also responsible as […]

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Rev. Kristin Nielsen

Rev. Kristin Nielsen

  Director of Rostered Leadership
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The Director of Rostered Leadership is called to oversee active/on leave/retired rostered leaders, AIMs, ELCA chaplains, and interim ministry leaders. Pastor Kristin is the primary contact for coordination of mobility for congregations and rostered leaders in transition.

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Professional Staff

Dave Groenewold

Dave Groenewold

  Director of Finance
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Dave is responsible for managing the finances of the synod, including congregational mission support, church-wide and global partnerships. He supplies monthly results to the Bishop, the Synod Treasurer, the Director of Evangelical Mission and to the Finance Committee which meets quarterly. Dave is also responsible for the financial record-keeping of Outreach for Hope, Lutheran Campus […]

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Mary Romskog

Mary Romskog

  Office Manager
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Mary manages the day-to-day operations of the office and handles Bishop Erickson’s appointments. She supports the mobility process as the Call Process Administrator, assists with candidacy, and guides the planning of Synod Assembly. Mary also works with Rev. Jim Bickel and Outreach for Hope.

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Sarah Christiaansen

Sarah Christiaansen

  Synod Communicator
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As the Synod Communicator on staff, I spend my time writing about events, designing graphics for anything needed, updating the weekly newsletter, growing our online presence and doing anything else that involves communication from one platform to another.

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Phil Smith

Phil Smith

  Administrative Assistant
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In addition to being the friendly voice you will hear when calling the synod, Phil assists Mary with the day-to-day operations of the office. Phil also works with Rev. Jim Bickel and Outreach for Hope.

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Outreach for Hope Staff

Rev. Jim Bickel

Rev. Jim Bickel

  Executive Director, Outreach for Hope
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Outreach for Hope supports churches and ministries of the Greater Milwaukee Synod that are striving in the midst of poverty to be a word and sacrament presence. Jim builds relationships between those ministries and the individuals, organizations, and churches who provide financial resources to support them.

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Maripat Monahan

Maripat Monahan

  Advancement Director, Outreach for Hope
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In her role with Outreach for Hope, Maripat is part of the staff and volunteer team that stewards donors and raises funds to support service ministries addressing poverty and transforming lives. She notes: “I feel humbled and privileged to join this enthusiastic team of compassionate leaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to service. Together we […]

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