"Deans" provide leadership and support to "Ministry Areas," to collectivities of people who want to do ministry together, usually in a proximate geographical area. Our Ministry Area includes congregations in Waterloo and North of Waterloo with connections to the Grand River and Conestoga River, "Two Rivers."
Our Lutheran way of being in the world organizes around setting people and all creation free to be as God calls, we don't operate by seniority or hierarchy. Deans are appointed to serve for limited time periods by affirmation that their leadership will enliven those who want to do ministry together.
Every Ministry Area (MA) in the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC is animated by a Leadership Team. These Teams seek to bring the collectivities of the MA together to serve neighbours and strengthen one another in ministry. Leadership Teams are strong because the members live out the diversities and aspirations of the collectivities.
David Malina is pastor to the people of Christ Lutheran in Waterloo. In his role as Dean, David meets at least twice annually with "Deans and Directors," colleagues from across the 17 Ministry Areas from Ontario to the Atlantic. David is also elected by the wider membership of the Eastern Synod to serve on "Synod Council."
Leadership Team Member Robyn Gromeder is the Communications Person for the Ministry Area, she produces and publishes the Wading in the Water e-publication the key connection tool for our MA Member organizations. Robyn is a Lay-Leader from St. Matthews Conestogo.
Leadership Team Member Mary Thompson is a Lay-Leader from Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo.
Leadership Team Member Karen Kuhnert is a Rostered Leader (Pastor) who lives in Waterloo and serves the people of St. James in St. Jacobs.
"Our Ministry Area Deans are key leaders in the life of the Eastern Synod. They provide an important linkage between the synod and the Ministry Areas, assist in call processes, perform representative functions on behalf of the synod, and lead regionally focussed mission initiatives. I am very grateful for the willingness of these colleagues to serve the wider church in this capacity and for all they contribute to the Eastern Synod's leadership team!” says Bishop Pryse.