Bishop & Staff

The Synod office staff

is dedicated to ELCA congregations and leaders in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Our purpose is empowering congregations and ministries to encounter and share the love of God in Christ Jesus while advancing our core values of Welcome, Connect, Reform, and Support.

OUR BISHOP

The Reverend Amy J Odgren

The Reverend Amy J Odgren

Bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod

  • ​Pastor to the synod; its Rostered Leaders (Pastors and Deacons) and congregations
  • Primary responsibility for the ministry of Word and Sacrament in this synod and its congregations
  • Preaching, teaching and administration of the Sacraments

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The Reverend Rollie Bockbrader

The Reverend Rollie Bockbrader

Synod Minister for Operations and Congregational Care

  • Daily Operations
  • Finance and Stewardship
  • Synod Assembly coordinator
  • Synod Council support
  • Reports and databases
  • Constitution Review

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Deacon Susan Williams

Deacon Susan Williams

Synod Minister for Leadership Support

  • ​Call Process
  • Roster administration
  • First Call administrator
  • Congregations in Transition

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Deacon Colleen Bernu

Deacon Colleen Bernu

Director for Evangelical Mission and Synod Minister for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (part-time)

  • ​Congregational Vitality
  • Mission and Ministry Development
  • Congregational partnerships and geographic ministry strategies
  • Grant administration

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The Reverend Taryn Montgomery

The Reverend Taryn Montgomery

Synod Minister for Discipleship & Christian Community

  • Intergenerational faith formation
  • Leadership development
  • Youth and young adult-focused programing
  • Spiritual practice equipping
  • Stewardship

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The Reverend Liz Davis

The Reverend Liz Davis

Synod Minister for Candidacy Management (part-time)

  • Recruitment and management of candidates for rostered ministry
  • Candidacy Committee coordination
  • Seminary liaison

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Monica Bruning

Monica Bruning

Communication Director (part-time)

  • Communication strategy management
  • Website management
  • Social media engagement
  • Weekly e-newsletter

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Joy Hensel

Joy Hensel

Synod Minister for Mental Health and Wellness (part-time)

  • Mental health resources and education
  • Synod mental health team coordinator

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