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Bishop

The Rev. Pedro M. Suárez

813-876-7660 ext. 225

bishop@fbsynod.org

The Rev. Pedro Suárez was elected bishop on Oct. 13, 2017 and installed in a service held on Jan. 20, 2018.

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 overseeing and administering 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 Suárez most recently served as lead pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, FL and as interim Director for Evangelical Mission for the Florida-Bahamas Synod.  Previously, Suárez served in Texas, Illinois and in Wisconsin.

Born in Venezuela, Suárez earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from the Seminario Evangelico Associado in Venezuela in 1980. He earned an MDiv from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) in 1992.  Bishop Suárez is married to ELCA Deacon Aura Suárez.  They have 2 adult children.

Contact Bishop Suárez about:

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

Assistants to the Bishop

Assistant to the Bishop for Administration

Michele Hilton

813-876-7660 ext. 222

micheleh@fbsynod.org

Contact Michele about:

  • Synod Assembly
  • Synod Council
  • Administrative matters
  • Constitution updates

Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership

Connie Schmucker, ELCA Deacon

Candidacy, Mobility & Call Process

407-620-8564

connies@fbsynod.org

 Contact Connie about:

  • candidacy
  • pastoral transition (call process)
  • rostered minister transition
  • diakonia and synod parish deacons
  • leadership
  • First Call Theological Education
  • Interim/Transition ministry

Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission – North Region

Pastor Rob Carlson

robc@fbsynod.org

813-498-8458

Contact Pr. Carlson 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
  • New ministry starts
  • Congregational vitality

Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission – South Region

Pastor Khader El-Yateem

khadere@fbsynod.org

813-440-1590

Contact Pr. El-Yateem 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
  • New ministry starts
  • Congregational vitality

Specialists

Director of Disaster Response

James (Jim) Habermehl

804-926-4129

jimh@fbsynod.org

 

Contact Jim about:

  • Disaster response protocols
  • Disaster preparedness

Director of Discipleship and Communications

Michelle Collins, ELCA Deacon

813-876-7660, ext. 223

michellec@fbsynod.org

Contact Michelle about:

  • web site updates
  • publicizing/sharing events and ministry stories
  • Resources and Curriculum requests
  • Spiritual and Faith Formation retreats and resources
  • Congregational Spiritual Formation

Event Coordinator

Peggy Aiello

813-876-7660

peggya@fbsynod.org

 

Contact Peggy about:

  • Synod Assembly logistics
  • Conference on Ministry logistics
  • Event contracts, locations, speakers

Support Staff

Administrative Assistant for Leadership

Beverly Evans

813-876-7660 ext. 232

beve@fbsynod.org

Contact Bev about:

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

Administrative Assistant to the DEMs

Yuliet Garcia

813-876-7660 ext. 221

yulietg@fbsynod.org

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

Staff Accountant

Kim Raymond

813-876-7660 ext. 233

kimr@fbsynod.org

Contact Kim about:

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

Executive Admin Assistant to the Bishop

Ileana Sardinas

813-876-7660 ext. 225

ileanas@fbsynod.org

Contact Ileana about:

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