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Synod Council


The Synod Council is the synod’s board of directors. It functions as the interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly.  There are a total of 16 Synod Council members, including the officers, one member elected from each of the seven Conferences, one youth member, one young adult member, two persons of color and/or primary language other than English and one Dean Representative.



Mr. Thomas Madden, Vice-President
Rev. Debi Turley, Secretary
Mr. Fred Risser, Treasurer
Mr. Gary Roller (Genesee Finger Lakes)
Ms. Ann Maher (Central Crossroads)
Rev. Ernie Varga (Southern Tier)
Rev. Dan May (Hudson Mohawk)
Rev. Sara Litzner (Foothills)
Ms. Sharon Hamilton (Southwestern)
Rev. Jeremiah Smith (Niagara Frontier)
Rev. Gail Wolling, Dean Representative, (Central Crossroads)


Mr. Ryan Hunneshagen (Southern Tier, Youth-at-large)

Rev. Pamela Hoh (Hudson Mohawk - PCL)

Mr. Atif Dean (Hudson Mohawk - PCL)

Mr. Ian Macdonald (Niagara Frontier - Young Adult)

Synod Council Meeting Minutes

SC Meeting Minutes November 3, 2018 

SC Meeting Minutes January 12, 2019

SC Meeting Minutes, April 12-13, 2019