The Women of the ELCA 21-member churchwide executive board is elected every three years or at the following convention.
The convention is made up of voting members from our 64 WELCA synodical women’s organizations plus the members of the churchwide executive board. The triennial convention is the highest legislative authority in our organization.
Because of the pandemic, the convention was unable to meet in July 2020, and the current board agreed to sit another year–until a likely virtual convention in August 2021.
Between conventions, the executive board functions as the board of directors for the organization and the interim legislative authority. The primary role of the board is to steer the organization in the right direction, helping it meet its mission. The board has an oversight role, monitoring the activities of the organization and ensuring that the organization is well-equipped to fulfill its mission. It establishes broad policies to guide and protect the organization. It monitors legal requirements. It receives regular reports from staff.
The board for the 2017-2020 triennium was elected at the Tenth Triennial Convention held July 11-13, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Lisa Plorin of Upham, N.D., is serving as executive board president. Other board officers include Becky Shurson, vice president, Eugene, Oregon; Freddie Jordan, secretary, Columbus, Ohio, and Anna Sarver, treasurer, Greensburg, Penn.
Executive Board: 2017–2021
Board members may be contacted by sending a message to our office.
Lisa Plorin, president
Upham, North Dakota
Western North Dakota Synod (3A)
Becky Shurson, vice president
Oregon Synod (1E)
Freddie Jordan, secretary
Southern Ohio Synod (6F)
Anna Sarver, treasurer
Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod (8B)
Palos Heights, Illinois
Metro Chicago Synod (5A)
New England Synod (7B)
Northwestern Minnesota Synod (3D)
Florida-Bahamas Synod (9E)
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Caribbean Synod (9F)
Central States (4B)
Upper Susquehanna Synod (8E)
Grand Canyon Synod (2D)
Southwestern Minnesota Synod (3F)
Northeastern Minnesota Synod (3E)
Nebraska Synod (4A)
Greater Milwaukee Synod (5J)
Delaware/Maryland Synod (8F)
Metropolitan New York Synod (7C)
Alaska Synod (1A)
Northwest Synod of Wisconsin (5H)