The Nominating Committee is charged, under Synod Bylaw B9.04, with presenting to the Synod Assembly two nominees for every position to be elected. There are a few exceptions to this bylaw, only one of which applies this year, that being the requirement, under Synod Constitution provision S9.05, to presented only one nominee for synod vice president.
The Nominating Committee, as in previous years, was not overwhelmed by an excess of recommendations for nomination for any of the positions through the thirty-day public input phase. Some of those commended to the committee declined. Some did not meet eligibility requirements. The Nominating Committee, as in the past, engaged in additional recruitment activity, leading to the production of this report, meeting the requirements for the number of nominees and exceeding them in the vice president category.
To review, eight are to be elected this assembly. We elect…
- Synod Vice President – Laity – Four Year Term
- Synod Council Member – Clergy – Ohio-Kanawha Valley Conference – Three-year term
- Synod Council Member – Clergy – Potomac Ohio Valley Conference – Three-year term
- Synod Council Member – Clergy – Upper Ohio Valley Conference – Three-Year Term
- Synod Council Member – Laity – Mon Valley-Mountain Conference – Three-Year Term
- Synod Council Member – Laity – Potomac Conference – ThreeYear Term
- Synod Council Member – Laity – Youth At Large – One-Year term
- Synod Consultation Committee – Clergy – Six-Year term
A minimum eligibility standard for all elected positions is to be a voting member of a congregation of the synod.
The list of the nominees follows. The nominees are listed first according to the position for which they are nominated and then in alphabetical order of the last name. Each nominee’s congregational membership is included. Immediately after each nominee’s name and congregational membership, the response to the question, “Congregational responsibilities / education / training / employment that would be applicable or helpful,” is provided. In some cases the nominee answered this; in others, the individual recommending the nominee did.
Note well, nominations from the floor are allowed under the rules. When the Nominating Committee reports in assembly, the chair of the assembly will open the floor for additional nominations. The following bylaw applies:
B9.08 Members of the Synod Assembly who desire to make nominations from the floor shall have prepared beforehand and be ready to distribute copies of vita information sheets, similar to those provided earlier by the Nominating Committee for those nominees.
Should you wish to make a nomination from the floor, you may download the form found on the synod website (Nomination & Elections Page, under “Floor Nominations”), complete it, and make copies for distribution (130 should be sufficient), turning over the copies to the synod secretary at the time of nomination.
Mary Sanders, Chair
18 May 2019