Full-time Staff

Deacon Cheryl Erdmann

Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Special Events

  • Candidacy for Rostered Ministry in the ELCA
  • Relates to the Congregational Life Committee
  • Events Coordinator for special events, including the Congregational Resourcing Event and the Professional Leaders Conference
  • Synod Assembly Co-chairperson
  • Nominating Committee Coordinator
  • Receives applications for the Gary Wollersheim Rostered Ministers Debt Reduction Fund grants and the Continuing Education and Sabbatical grants.

815-964-9934 (office)
815-236-6657 (mobile)

The Rev. Gary Erickson

Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM)

  • Stewardship
  • Outreach Committee
  • Racial Justice Team
  • Liaison to the East and Northeast Conferences

815-964-9934 (office)
815-289-6055 (mobile)

The Rev. Pat Esker

Assistant to the Bishop for Operations and Governance

  • Relates to the Constitution Review Committee
  • Relates to the Resolutions Committee
  • Relates to Synod Council
  • Synod Statistician-including roster changes
  • Oversight of Synod communications
  • Oversight of Synod policies and procedures
  • Oversight of Synod financials
  • Oversight of legal matters

815-964-9934 (office)

815-297-5186 (mobile)

The Rev. Marilyn Hanson

Assistant to the Bishop

  • Call Process Coordinator
  • Synod Assembly Co-chairperson
  • Relates to the Ministry Support Committee
  • Liaison to the Central and South Conferences

815-964-9934 (office)
815-494-7599 (mobile)

Part-time Staff

The Rev. Dr. Denver Bitner

Assistant to the Bishop for the North and Northwest Conferences

  • Relates to North Conference, Northwest Conference, and Synod staff
  • Reports to the Bishop


The Rev. Michel Clark

Assistant to the Bishop for the West and Southwest Conferences

  • Relates to West Conference, Southwest Conference, and Synod staff
  • Reports to the Bishop


Deacon Karin Graddy

Assistant to the Bishop for Communication


Support Staff

Julie Lewis

Executive Secretary to the Bishop/Office Manager


June Cain

Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant


Nancy Corey

Administrative Assistant to Pastor Gary Erickson; Registrar

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