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Western District elects new leadership at 2016 Synod

At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District, more than 90 delegates cast their votes for leaders to guide the District through the next four years.

The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and clergy of the District, and is concerned with everything from conflict management to evangelism.

The Rev. Bruce Nelson, currently pastor of Lake Mills Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, was elected president of the Western District Executive Board. In this role, Bruce will serve as the chair of the WDEB and will serve as a member of The Northern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference.

Joining Bruce will be clergy members the Rev. Jason Andersen, currently pastor of West Salem Moravian Church who will soon be pastor of Christian Faith Moravian Church in DeForest, Wis. and the Rev. Jane Gehler, pastor of Unionville Moravian Church in Michigan.

Also elected were lay members Judy Anderson of Main Street Moravian Church in Northfield, Minn.; Megan Smock of Downey Moravian Church in California; Nancy Chandler of Hope Moravian Church in Indiana; and Cindy Fahney of Lake Mills Moravian Church in Wisconsin.

The Board works with the congregations in calling pastors, addressing conflict, establishing quotas, managing finances, and determining budgets for the various ministries that our congregations participate in together. Members of the WDEB are elected by the District Synod every four years.