2022 Synod Assembly


The 35th annual Assembly of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA will be held Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.


 We are grateful for all that participated in Assembly!

Please complete the evaluation here!







Words of Thanksgiving

Though I will have the opportunity to present my report later in this agenda, I simply wish to say thank you and thanks be to God for God’s indescribable gift of Jesus Christ. It is a solemn privilege to serve God, with and among God’s faithful people in Delaware-Maryland Synod, and I do not ever take that privilege for granted.

What makes this possible is the tremendous partnership we share with our Synod Council – the finest of shared leadership teams, led by my colleague, partner and friend, John Auger; our incredibly gifted and talented Synod Staff – every last one of them gifted, faithful and sacrificial with their time and myriad of talents; and the support and encouragement of beloved friends, and that of my dear family – especially Arwyn, Saliese, David, Andrew and Joyanne.

When I was confirmed on Palm Sunday in 1988, my then-pastor, Raymond Lorthior, assigned me this confirmation verse: You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in from Isaiah 58. This is my north-star verse, and I return to it often. It was the preaching text when I received the church’s gift of Ordination 22 years ago, as well as when I was installed into each of the calls I’ve served, including when I became bishop of the synod 6 years ago. In these years, since Confirmation and particularly after Ordination, I return to these words in season and out, day by day.

In our ministry as the people of God in the Delaware-Maryland Synod, leaven in the larger life of the ELCA and for the church catholic, I recognize that those words speak so much of our life together – in worship, fellowship, learning and serving you, we are doing the hard work of repairing the breach between the church and world, and restoring the streets, at the intersection of our heritage and our hope for the future.

Thank you, Jesus, for this holy people and our life together. To you be the glory, always and in all ways. Amen.’

Thank you.  Bishop Bill Gohl


 Synod Assembly Evaluation


 Resources During Assembly

Nominee Biographies: Not all nominees have submitted bios. The following are those available:

Pre-Assembly Information

The following documents are available for consultation before we gather for Synod Assembly 2022:

  • All Rostered Ministers of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA are expected to attend the assembly.  If not able to attend, please inform Bishop Gohl by sending an email to Rev. Alejandro Mejia by April 15th, 2022.
  • 2022 Voting Member Count per Congregation (PDF version here, Excel version here)
  • 2022 Synod Assembly Letter (agenda below in Resources During Assembly


SEE ABOVE Bulletin of Reports 5/12/22 Supplement for Nominee Names

Synod Council Officers (term)     Ecclesiastical Ballot at Assembly

  • Bishop (2028)  6yr Ordained

See Below BISHOPS ELECTION MATERIALS Section for all the Information

Synod Council Allocations by Deanery (term)     Nominate through Dean

  • Frederick (2025)  3yr  Lay
  • Washington & Allegany (2025)  3yr Ordained
  • Westminster (2025)  3yr Lay

Synod Council Specific Allocation (term)     Nominate through Dean/Assembly Nomination-Biography Form on Website

  • Youth (<18 at election) (2025)   3yr Lay
  • Person of Color/PLOE (2025)   3yr Lay/Ordained

Consultation Committee     Nominate through Dean/Assembly Nomination-Biography Form on Website

  • Lay Member (2027)   6yr Lay
  • Ordained Member (2027)    6yr Ordained

Synod Discipline Committee     Nominate through Dean/SA Website (cannot be re-elected)

  • Lay Member (2027)   6yr Lay
  • Ordained Member (2027)    6yr Ordained

Nomination/Biography Form for Synod Positions other than Bishop   

Wish to submit a Report for the 2022 Bulletin of Report?  Complete form below. All reports must be received by April 7th, 2022.  Please fill out this form below or email your ONE page report to Rev. Alejandro at amejia@demdsynod.org

If you are interested in submitting a Resolution or Memorial prior to Assembly, this must be done by March 14, 2022.

Do you need to Request a Display/Exhibitor/Vendor Table at Assembly? The Policy is below. To request a table go to request form below and complete. All requests must be received no later than April 7th, 2022.