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Office of the Bishop Staff

Interim Bishop

The Rev. Marcus Lohrmann

813-876-7660 ext. 225

The Rev. Marcus Lohrmann was appointed interim bishop in March, 2017 and assumed office on April 1.

The Bishop is the Pastor to the Synod Community and exercises the church’s power to ordain and consecrate the Rostered ministers of this church. The Bishop is also responsible for strengthening the unity of the Church, exercising leadership in the mission of the church, and oversee and administer the general work of the synod and staff. The mission of the Office of the Bishop is to shepherd and resource rostered ministers and congregations as they proclaim Christ to the world.

Bishop Lohrmann comes to the position after retiring from in July, 2016 following 18 years as the bishop of the Northwest Ohio Synod.  He was first elected as bishop of the Northwest Ohio Synod in 1998.  Before serving as bishop, Lohrmann served as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Louis; St. John Lutheran Church, Hicksville, Ohio; and Olivet Lutheran Church, Sylvania, Ohio.  He was ordained in 1977.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Lohrmann earned a bachelor’s degree at Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis. Lohrmann and his wife Heidi are the parents of three children.

Contact Bishop Lohrmann about:

  • Pastoral Care for Rostered Ministers
  • Mission and Vision
  • Ordinations and Consecrations
  • Reports of Misconduct
  • Ecumenical relationships
  • Public Church presence

Assistants to the Bishop

HILTON, MicheleAdministration

Michele Hilton

813-876-7660 ext. 222

Contact Michele about:

  • Synod Assembly
  • Synod Council
  • Administrative matters
  • Constitution updates
  • Disaster response protocols

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Connie Schmucker, ELCA Deacon

Candidacy, Mobility & Call Process


 Contact Connie about:

  • candidacy
  • pastoral transition (call process)
  • rostered minister transition
  • diakonia and synod parish deacons
  • leadership

Interim Assistant to the Bishop – North Region

Pastor Wally Meyer


Contact Pr. Meyer about:

  • general support for congregational ministry
  • preaching and presiding in worship
  • representing Office of the Bishop at anniversaries and special events
  • commissioning and installation services
  • pastoral support
  • development/redevelopment


Interim Assistant to the Bishop – South Region

Pastor John Mocko


Contact Pr. Mocko about:

  • general support for congregational ministry
  • preaching and presiding in worship
  • representing Office of the Bishop at anniversaries and special events
  • commissioning and installation services
  • Pastoral support
  • Development/redevelopment




Interim Director for Evangelical Mission – North Region

Pastor Terrance Jacob


Contact Pr. Jacob about:

  • Support for new-start ministries and congregations under development,
  • Congregational re-development and renewal


MENDENHALL, SueYouth, Young Adult & Outdoor Ministry Program Director

Sue Mendenhall, ELCA Deacon


Contact Sue about:

  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • Luther Springs programming
  • Summer Camp and retreats

Interim Director for Evangelical Mission – South Region

Pastor Pedro Suarez


Contact Pr. Suarez about:

  • support for new-start ministries and congregations under development
  • congregational re-development and renewal
  • Latino ministries and mission

Director of Discipleship and Communications

Sister Michelle Collins, ELCA Deacon

813-876-7660, ext. 223

Contact Sr. Michelle about:

  • web site updates
  • publicizing/sharing events and ministry stories
  • Mission Interpreters
  • Resources and Curriculum requests
  • Spiritual and Faith formation retreats and resources
  • Congregational Spiritual Vitality

Support Staff

Bev2Administrative Assistant for Leadership

Beverly Evans

813-876-7660 ext. 232

Contact Bev about:

  • submitting candidacy foms
  • call/interim process forms and procedures
  • registration for some events

GARCIA, YulietAdministrative Assistant to the DEMs

Yuliet Garcia

813-876-7660 ext. 221

Contact Yuliet about:

  • mission development/redevelopment forms and processes
  • Mission Partners 100 application
  • scheduling/contacting DEMs and A2B for north/south
  • synod house meeting space use
  • Synod Assembly registration and Guidebook
  • Spanish language support

RAYMOND, KimStaff Accountant

Kim Raymond

813-876-7660 ext. 233

Contact Kim about:

  • submitting mission support
  • submitting designated gifts
  • submitting registration payments for events
  • bookkeeping/accounting assistance

SARDINAS, IleanaExecutive Admin Assistant to the Bishop

Ileana Sardinas

813-876-7660 ext. 225

Contact Ileana about:

  • scheduling the Bishop
  • ordination/installation details
  • transfer to/from FBSynod roster
  • Together in Mission