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Synod Parish Deacon

Are you being called to serve in the church in ways that are somehow different from the calling of a pastor? The Florida-Bahamas Synod has a Synod Parish Deacon Ministry in which synod parish deacons are commissioned for a ministry of Word and Service that flows from the pastoral office of Word and Sacrament and is accountable to it.

According to the constituting documents for the program (1998): “A Synodical Deacon is one who is inwardly compelled and outwardly affirmed for service in both the congregation and the world…. We understand a deacon as a particular minister with gifts and a calling for providing vision and practical leadership for the congregation’s ministries. Through their common calling and theological training, deacons, exercising their teaching responsibility, would assist the pastoral ministry in underpinning the particular ministries of their calling to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.”

Synod Parish Deacons in the Florida-Bahamas Synod serve only within the geographic confines of this synod and are not rostered as lay ministers in ELCA.

Resources for Synod Parish Deacons

Effective January 1, 2017:

Clarifications & Distinctions – Explanation of how the new title of “Synod Parish Deacon” developed and how Synod Parish Deacons are different from ELCA rostered Deacons.

Guidelines-Synod Parish Deacon-Oct. 2017

Commissioning-Parish Deacon-2017

Bishop’s Parish Deacon Oversight Committee

Florida-Bahamas Synod (ELCA)
Bishop Marcus Lohrmann

BISHOP’S LIAISON
Deacon Connie Schmucker
E-mail: connies@fbsynod.org
Term Expires: Appointed by Bishop

COMMITTEE CHAIR
Parish Deacon Jerry Beltz
St. Andrews by the Sea, Jacksonville
904-525-3084
E-mail: Deaconchair@yahoo.com
Term Expires: 08/31/19

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Parish Deacon Barbara Cilik
Redeemer Lutheran, Winter Park
407-293-1686
E-mail: barbaracilik@aol.com
Term Expires 8/31/18

PARISH DEACON MEMBERS
Parish Deacon Chalie Colon
Cristo Rey Lutheran, Orlando
321-695-8602
E-mail: chalie.colon@gmail.com
Term Expires: 8/31/18

Parish Deacon Patrick Lee
Bethlehem Lutheran
904-591-7287
E-mail: plee.msg@gmail.com
Term Expires: 8/31/18

Parish Deacon Marcy Kysilka
Redeemer Lutheran, Winter Park
407-855-3321
E-mail: Kysilka@bellsouth.net
Term Expires: 8/31/19

CLERGY MEMBERS
Rev Dr. Jon Keiser
Retired
813-884-1232
E-mail: JNKeiser@aol.com
Term Expires: 08/31/18

Rev Joy Bolander
Spirit of Life, Lake City
386-752-3807
E-mail: pastorjoyb@aol.com
Term Expires 08/31/18

Rev Joshua Gyson
All Saints, Tampa
231-286-9675
E-mail: gysonj@yahoo.com
Term Expires: 08/31/2017