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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

Event Coordinator
Peggy Aiello
813-876-7660
peggya@fbsynod.org

Contact Peggy about:

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

Communications Specialist

Vacant

813-876-7660, ext. 223

Please send questions to Peggy Aiello (peggya@fbsynod.org) until the position is filled.

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

ELCA Regional Representatives

Regional Manager, Mission Investment Fund

Jerry Johnson, ELCA Deacon

jerry.johnson@elca.org

773-682-5954

Regional Gift Planner, ELCA Foundation

Pr. Ana Lugo

ana.lugo@elca.org

904-219-2769

 

Regional Representative, Portico Health Benefits

Rev. Cathy Schibler

cschibler@porticobenefits.org

419-348-9760