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Staff Directory

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 12:12

Meet Our Staff

Our Bishop

THE REV. YEHIEL CURRY
(HE/HIM)
Bishop Y. Curry

Bishop Curry’s Portfolio

In accordance with duties and responsibilities enumerated in the synod constitution, the Bishop:

  • Preaches, teaches, and administers the sacraments, as well as oversees the preaching, teaching, and administration of the sacraments within this synod;
  • Interprets and advocates the mission and theology of this church;
  • Ordains, installs, and provides pastoral care and leadership for this synod’s ministers of Word and Sacrament and Word and Service, and for its congregations;
  • Administers processes for the resolution of controversies and the discipline of rostered ministers and congregations of this synod;
  • Serves on the Conference of Bishops, consulting regularly with other synod bishops;
  • Fosters awareness of and engagement with churches throughout the Lutheran world communion and with Christian judicatory leaders functioning in the synod’s territory;
  • Presides at all meetings of the Synod Assembly, Synod Council, and the Council’s Executive Committee;
  • Supervises the work of the other synod officers and coordinates the work of all synod staff members;
  • Provides for the maintenance of ministry and congregational rosters of this synod.

In addition, the Bishop:

  • Relates to and serves on the governance boards of social ministry organizations and mission partners affiliated with this synod;
  • Oversees the Turnaround Synod Initiative;
  • Relates to the synod’s Conference of Deans table;
  • Staffs the Deans/Conferences Working Group.

Email Bishop Curry

773.248.0021 ext. 211

Pastoral Staff

ASSOCIATE TO THE BISHOP AND DIRECTOR FOR EVANGELICAL MISSION
THE REV. CARLA THOMPSON POWELL
(SHE/HER)

Pastor Carla Thompson Powell

  • Oversees Synodically Authorized Worshipping Communities (SAWC’s), SAWC explorations (6 or 9 months), mission developers, and new mission congregations;
  • Responsible for equipping and resourcing congregations and leaders around Evangelical Mission and Congregational Vitality;
  • Responsible for pastoral care and mobility for South Conference
  • Staffs the Synod Mission Table
  • Coordinates interim pastors
  • Coordinates Rostered Ministers Gathering

Pastor Carla Thompson Powell

773.248.0021

ASSOCIATE TO THE BISHOP AND DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND BELONGING (DIB)
THE REV. SUNITHA MORTHA
(SHE/HER)
Rev. Sunitha Mortha | Associate to Bishop

Pastor Mortha’s Portfolio

  • Responsible for equipping and resourcing congregations and leaders around DIB;
  • Coordinates Synod Assembly and Synod boundaries training;
  • Relates to Companion Synod, Diakonia, and Middle East Working Group;
  • Chairs the Asian and Middle Eastern Strategy Team;
  • Responsible for pastoral care and mobility for Central and West Conferences;
  • Staffs the Synod Assembly and Chicago Youth Gathering Working Groups.

Email Pastor Mortha

773.248.0021 ext. 213

ASSOCIATE TO THE BISHOP
THE REV. NATHAN KLEIN
(HE/HIM)

Rev. Nathan Klein Portfolio

  • Oversees the Mobility processes for the Synod
  • Manages pulpit supply
  • Assists Worship Director with worship processes, ordinations, synod gatherings
  • Coordinates First Call Theological Education
  • Responsible for pastoral care and mobility for North and Near West Conferences
  • Staffs the Constitution Review Committee

Email Rev. Nathan Klein

773.248.0021

ASSOCIATE TO THE BISHOP
THE REV. KATHY NOLTE
(SHE/HER)

Pastor Nolte’s Portfolio

  • Provides accompaniment to transitioning (closing) congregations;
  • Relates to and oversees Reconciling in Christ and LGBTQIA+ communities;
  • Oversees the Environmental Energy Loan program;
  • Responsible for pastoral care and mobility for Northwest, Northeast Conferences and Southwest Conference
  • Staffs the Synod Office Location Working Group.

Email Pastor Nolte

773.248.0021 ext. 225

ASSOCIATE TO THE BISHOP
THE REV. DR. WYVETTA BULLOCK
(SHE/HER)
LATINX STRATEGY COORDINATOR
THE REV. MARÍA ROJAS-BANDA
(SHE/HER)

Pastor Rojas-Banda Portfolio

  • Chairs and coordinates Latinx Strategy;
  • Relates to Churchwide Latinx table and organizations;
  • Staffs the Synod Assembly Working Group.

Email Pastora Rojas-Banda

773.248.0021

Professional Staff

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP
HEATHER HAYNES
(SHE/HER)
Heather's Head

Heather Haynes’ Portfolio

  • Maintains the calendar and responds to official correspondence to the Bishop’s office;
  • Serves as auxiliary recording secretary for the Synod Council and Executive Committee;
  • Coordinates transfers, change of calls, change of roster, retirement of rostered leaders;
  • Coordinates Stewardship efforts of the MCS;
  • Monitors, maintains, and manages all files and records.

Email Heather Haynes

773.248.0021 ext. 215

GENERAL MANAGER / HR
TOM ANDERSON
Tom Anderson's HEAD

Tom Anderson’s Portfolio

  • Works with the MCS council finance committee to create annual budget and oversee annual audit;
  • Oversees payroll, insurance, purchasing, investment strategies, grant funding, accounts receivable, and payable, utilizing GAAP standards;
  • Provides financial resources, consultations, and salary guidelines to congregations;
  • Oversees MCS property and software;
  • Relates to Campus Ministry;
  • Staffs Investment Vehicles Working Group.

Email Tom Anderson

773.248.0021 ext. 220

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEACON JULIE SEVIG
(SHE/HER)

Deacon Sevig’s Portfolio

  • E-Word and MetroWord, as well as other regular and official announcements from the synod (job opportunities, position vacancies, and announcements of deaths, ordinations, retirements, and transitions).
  • Produces content and monitors the synod’s website and social media platforms.
  • Tells stories of the synod and uses all platforms for distribution.
  • Relates to working groups: Synod Assembly (all necessary communications), Latinx Strategy to ensure Spanish translations, ministry partners and ELCA communications.

Email Deacon Sevig

Office: 773.248.0021 | Mobile: 773.294.5840

YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERS NETWORK COORDINATOR
JUDY NUEHRING
(SHE/HER)

Judy Nuehring’s Portfolio

  • Chair and coordinator of youth ministry leaders in MCS
  • Relates to ELCA Youth Ministry Network and churchwide youth ministry/gathering office

Email Judy Nuehring

773.248.0021

DIRECTOR OF CANDIDACY
DEACON PAM SHEARMAN
(SHE/HER)

In Jesus’ name: we proclaim the gospel, make disciples, do justice.

THE METROPOLITAN CHICAGO SYNOD IS A RECONCILING IN CHRIST SYNOD

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