By the Rev. Lisa Isenhower
Voting members elected both lay and rostered persons to attend Churchwide Assembly and to serve on synod council and other committees and boards of the South Carolina Synod.
The first election, for clergy to attend Churchwide Assembly as voting members in 2019, resulted in a runoff. On the first ballot, Jackie Utley and Alejandro Mejia were elected. On a third ballot, Emily Edenfield was elected to attend. Kathleen Cartledge, Katie Holland, and Deb Poole were elected to attend Churchwide as lay females. On the first ballot, Andrew More and Heber Rast were elected to attend churchwide as a lay male. On a third ballot, David Pursey was elected. Jorge Leone was elected to attend as the SC Synod’s voting member who is a person of color or whose language is other than English. Kendall Koon was elected to attend as the synod’s youth or young adult member.
The following were elected to serve on Synod Council: Rev. Brad Bellah, Rev. Patti Sue Burton-Pye, Jim Riddle, Sherry Fowler, Luz Marin, and David Pursey. These council members’ terms end in 2021.
Rev. Dr. Tony Everett and Rev. Mike Shackelford were elected to serve as clergy members on the Committee on Discipline. David Rosenbaum and Sally Dominick were elected to serve as lay members on the Committee on Discipline. All of these people will fill terms that end in 2024.
Retired Bishop David Donges and Rev. Christina Parham were elected to serve as clergy members of the Consultation Committee. Richard Davis and Sandra Holland were elected to serve as lay members of the Consultation Committee. All of these people will fill terms that end in 2024.
John Boozer and Karen Kranz were elected to serve on the Mission Endowment Grant Fund Committee for terms ending in 2021.
Synod Vice President Lexanne Graves presented a number of motions for the assembly’s consideration, including compensation guidelines for rostered leaders. The assembly approved those compensation guidelines. Second, the synod’s budget was presented for discussion. After some discussion of ways to increase institutional support, the budget was approved as submitted.
Secretary Ozzie Herlong announced several recommendations for assembly action, including revising the synod’s constitution to be consistent with the language of the ELCA model constitution, including changing wording to reflect the consolidation of the three lay rosters into one Word and Service roster. The assembly approved the recommendations.