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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 for Synod Parish Deacons

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
Faith Lutheran Church, Jacksonville
904-525-3084
E-mail: Deaconchair@yahoo.com
Term Expires: 08/31/16

COMMITTEE SECRETARY
Parish Deacon Patrick Lee
Bethlehem Lutheran, Lake City
904-591-7287
E-mail: sec.bdoc@yahoo.com
Term Expires: 08/31/17

PARISH DEACON MEMBERS
Parish Deacon Theodore Seger
Epiphany Lutheran, Oviedo
407-699-8119 or 941-544-4825 cell
E-mail: Tseger@cfl.rr.com
Term Expires: 08/31/15

Parish Deacon Richard Buhl
Redeemer Lutheran, Winter Park,
407-721-4700
E-mail: richardbuhl1945@gmail.com
Term Expires: 08/31/16

CLERGY MEMBERS

Rev Jon Keiser
Retired
813-884-1232
E-mail: JNKeiser@aol.com
Term Expires: 08/31/16

Rev Rosemary Backer
Gloria Dei, Holmes Beach,
E-mail: rwbacker@gmail.com
Term Expires: 08/31/17