All Election Results

Election: Bishop’s Election Round 5
Results by Question
Select one from the two names below
Total Voters:237

Choice    Votes    Percentage
Pr. Paula Schmitt 121 55.00%
Pr. Scott Klimke 101 45.00%

 

Election: Bishop’s Election Round 4
Results by Question
Vote for One (1) of the following names:
Total Voters:237


Choice    Votes    Percentage
Pr. Paula Schmitt 88 40.00%
Pr. Kevin Shock 63 29.00%
Pr. Scott Klimke 69 31.00%

Election: Additional Positions
Results by Question


Synod Council (Lay Male)
Total Voters:237

Choice     Votes     Percentage

Timothy Albright, Jr. 98 49.00%
Alan Stump 102 51.00%


Consultation Committee (Clergy Male) 6-year term
Total Voters:237

Choice    Votes    Percentage
Pr. Dave Bowman 134 66.00%
Pr. Will Osman 69 34.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Member (Clergy Male)
Total Voters:237

Choice    Votes     Percentage
Pr. Drew McCaffery 120 59.00%
Pr. Bob Way 84 41.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Member (Lay Female)
Total Voters:237

Choice    Votes    Percentage
Susan Barclay 97 48.00
Sally Horn 104 52.00

Election: Bishop’s Election Round 3
Results by Question
Elect One from the following names:
Total Voters: 237


Choice    Votes    Percentage
Pr. Paula Schmitt 85 39.00%
Pr. Scott Klimke 40 19.00%
Pr. Kevin Shock 50 23.00%
Pr. Dena Gable 25 12.00%
Pr. Ralph Hamer 8 4.00%
Pr. Robert Way 3 1.00%
Pr. Jamie Olson 5 2.00%

Election: Additional Positions
Results by Question
Synod Council - Lay Female
Total Voters:237


Andrea Paul 159 42.00%
Michele Peese 115 30.00%
Peggy Thatcher 108 28.00%

Synod Council - Lay Male
Total Voters:237


Gary Gable 115 30.00%
Timothy Albright, Jr. 91 24.00%
Richard Donahue 55 14.00%
Richard Hertlein 35 9.00%
Allen Stump 89 23.00%

Synod Council: Clergy
Total Voters:237


Pr. Karen Ward 147 20.00%
Pr. Nancy Hoover 144 20.00%
Pr. Curt Wingert 163 22.00%
Pr. Amanda McCaffery 158 22.00%
Pr. Jamie Olson 113 16.00%

Consultation Committee: Clergy Male (6 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Pr. Dave Bowman 99 49.00%
Pr. Drew McCaffrey 35 17.00%
Pr. Will Osman 45 22.00%
Pr. Curt Wingert 25 12.00%

Consultation Committee: Lay Male (5 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Richard Donahue 136 67.00%
Richard Hertlein 68 33.00%

Consultation Committee: Lay Female (5 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Theresa Corle 204 100.00%
Theresa Corle 204 100.00%

Consultation Committee: Lay Female (4 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Joy Brode 204 100.00%

Discipline Committee: Clergy Male (6 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Pr. Will Osman 119 58.00%
Pr. Curt Wingert 85 42.00%

Discipline Committee: Clergy Male (5 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Pr. Ralph Hamer 159 51.00%
Pr. Drew McCaffrey 155 49.00%

Discipline Committee: Lay Female (4 Year Term)
Total Voters:237


Theresa Corle 103 50.00%
Michele Peese 101 50.00%

Mission Endowment Fund Committee: Clergy/Lay (Male or Female) 2 Year Term
Total Voters:237


Allen Stump 204 100.00%

Mission Endowment Fund Committee: Clergy/Lay (Male or Female) 1 Year Term
Total Voters:237


Pr. Will Osman 67 33.00%
Pr. Paul Tomkiel 137 67.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Members: Clergy Male
Total Voters:237


Pr. Drew McCaffrey 59 29.00%
Pr. Jamie Olson 40 20.00%
Pr. Bob Way 58 28.00%
Pr. Curt Wingert 47 23.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Members: Clergy Female
Total Voters:237


Deacon Alicia Anderson 127 62.00%
Pr. Amanda McCaffrey 77 38.00%
Pr. Amanda McCaffrey 77 38.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Members: Lay Male
Total Voters:237


Richard Donahue 69 19.00%
Thomas Horn 134 37.00%
Richard Hertlein 44 12.00%
Allen Stump 111 31.00%

2022 ELCA Churchwide Voting Members: Lay Female
Total Voters:237


Susan Barclay 79 39.00%
Sally Horn 76 37.00%
Amy Will 49 24.00%

Election: Bishop’s Election Round 2
Results by Question
Select one from the following names below
Total Voters:237
Choice Votes Percentage


Pr. Paula Schmitt 75 35.00%
Pr. Scott Klimke 44 21.00%
Pr. Kevin Shock 34 16.00%
Pr. Dena Gable 28 13.00%
Pr. Jamie Olson 6 3.00%
Pr. Mark Fischer 3 1.00%
Pr. Ralph Hamer 12 6.00%
Pr. Kevin McNamara 5 2.00%
Pr. Robert Way 7 3.00%

2021 Synod Assembly

Officers Ballot Results

 

Synod Vice President

Elect One (1)

 

215      Number of Valid Ballots

108      Minimum Number to Elect

 

162      Ann Ferry

  53      Gary Gable

 

 

Synod Secretary

Elect One (1)

 

215      Number of Valid Votes

108      Minimum Number to Elect

 

117      David Finney

  98      Pr. Becky Horn

2021 Synod Assembly

Bishop Ballot #1 Results

 

192      Number of Votes Cast

  10      Number of Invalid Ballots

182      Number of Valid Votes

137      Number to Elect (75%)

 

Pr. Paula Schmitt                    30

Pr. Scott Klimke                      27

Pr. Kevin Shock                      24

Pr. Dena Gable                        17

Pr. Nathan Pile                        15

Pr. Scott Schul                        11

Pr. Jamie Olson                       8

Pr. Mark Fischer                     6

Pr. Ralph Hamer                     6

Pr. Becca Ehrlich                    5

Pr. Toby Holland                    4

Pr. Kevin McNamara              4

Pr. Dave Bowman                   2

Pr. Sharon Erb                        2

Pr. Carolyn Hetrick                 2

Pr. P. Stevens Lynn                2

Pr. Will Osman                       2

Pr. Robert Way                       2

Pr. Brent Book                        1

Pr. Glenn Foster                      1

Pr. Tyler Graham                    1

Pr. Elizabeth Hess                   1

Pr. Nancy Hoover                   1

Pr. Traci Marriott                    1

Pr. Tiffany Marvich                1

Pr. Andrew McCaffery           1

Pr. Lynn Miller                        1

Pr. Ron Miller                         1

Pr. Christine Roe                    1

Pr. Julie Sprenkle                    1

Pr. Sue Winger                        1

Synod Transition

Here you will find information and forms from the Allegheny Synod Transition Team on the upcoming election for Synod Bishop.

Survey Results of the Bishop Congregational Survey

Written by Casey Colledge, Chairperson of the Bishop Transition Task Force

 

I hope this finds you well and safe in this time of staying home and social distancing. The Bishop’s Transition Task Force and I are praying for all of you and your families in this tough time. We wanted to give you an update on the survey that was sent out in December. We have received back a number of surveys from congregational councils as well as rostered leaders about rating the Synod in overall effectiveness in these key areas.

1) Developing, facilitating, nurturing the life and mission of the church in the conferences and congregations
2) Congregational Support
3) Synod-wide visibility
4) Financial Management

The regression analysis that was conducted showed that there is a strong correlation between the overall effectiveness of the Synod and congregational support and a moderate correlation to overall effectiveness and financial management.

We also received your feedback on what the top two priorities should be for the Synod in the next 6 years. We evaluated the information and came up with the top 10 responses to that question. We have aligned them into 4 separate categories.

Evangelism & Stewardship
-Helping congregations with evangelism and stewardship 
-Assist congregations in determining vitality of their ministries 
-Articulate a hopeful, grace-filled vision of Christianity that will support and encourage increased participation in synod congregations

Congregational Support 
-Helping congregations discern and develop gifts for mission 
-Long term planning for congregational viability 
-Unifying and merging small local congregations to encourage new life and growth

Communication
-Spread the message of what God is doing in the Allegheny Synod, not just to fellow Lutherans or church goers 
-Firm, clear and effective communication

Leadership Development
-Continue supporting seminarians through programming i.e. TEEM and financial support 
-Attract and retain gifted rostered leaders in the Synod & encourage recruitment of pastoral candidates

We hope this information is helpful in the discernment process leading up to the new Bishop’s election. We would ask that you continue to keep the Bishop Election process in your prayers as the Synod assembly has been pushed back due to COVID-19 so there is now more time for reflection, prayer and discernment on who we will call as our next Bishop. The Bishop Transition Task Force looks forward to being with you at the conference meetings once they have been rescheduled to discuss the election process in more detail. Until then, may God’s presence be with you, may He comfort and keep you, and may the love of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you with peace.

The Call and Voting Process at the Synod Assembly

The call of a bishop has its own process and structure. A Bishop is called through a process called ecclesiastical balloting. It is a specific process which is laid out in the constitution of the ELCA.

The election and call of the Bishop will be overseen by a representative from the senior staff of the ELCA Churchwide Offices. You may remember in 2014, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presided over our Allegheny Synod election. We will learn The ELCA will notify us in December who will be with us for the election.

 

The process of calling the Bishop can take up to five separate ballots. At After each ballot, if a candidate receives a certain percentage of the vote, they are elected. The threshold for ballot percentage decreases with each vote after the second vote.

The Transition Team has some flexibility as to whether they would have the candidates give short speeches or answer questions at different points in the process.

 

First Ballot: The work of calling the Bishop begins with the first ballot also known as the nominating ballot. This is an open ballot where all voting members of the Assembly can write in the name of a Rostered Minister in the ELCA they believe God is calling to be the next bishop. Any ELCA pastor can be nominated to serve as Bishop.  If any candidate received 75% of the vote on this nominating ballot, they are elected Bishop. The counters tabulate the results of the first ballot and the list of all those receiving votes is published. If no one receives 75% we move forward.

 

After the results of the first ballot are revealed, those nominated have an opportunity to take their name off the ballot. If a pastor does not wish to allow their name to go forward, they must complete a form which requests their removal from the process.

 

Second Ballot: Those pastors who do not remove their names from consideration will appear on the second ballot and the Assembly will vote on that slate of candidates. If a candidate receives 75% of the vote on the second ballot they are elected Bishop. If no one receives 75% of the vote, then the top seven vote-getters move forward to the third ballot.

 

Third Ballot: Before the third ballot, our practice in the Allegheny Synod has been that those seven pastors are given an opportunity to address the Assembly. Usually, the participants draw a number to determine order of their presentation. These are short speeches of five minutes of less.

 

After the addresses to the Assembly, the third ballot will be taken. If a candidate receives two thirds of the votes they are elected Bishop. If there is no election the top three move on to the forth ballot.

Fourth Ballot: In 2014, before the Fourth Ballot the top three were given an opportunity to respond to questions. The candidates were given the same three questions for which to prepare. They were also asked three questions which they did not have an opportunity to prepare. Each candidate took turns responding to the question. Candidates rotated who would respond first, second, or third.

 

After the questions, the Fourth Ballot is taken. If a candidate receives 60% of the votes on the Fourth Ballot they are elected Bishop. If there is no election the top two move on to the Fifth Ballot.

Fifth Ballot: There is some variety in how Synods handle the Fifth Ballot. Some Synods take a time for prayer, reflection and discernment. Some invite candidates to give a longer speech to the Synod. Some Synods move straight to the balloting. How that will be handled will be prayerfully discerned by the Transition Team.

The candidate receiving the majority of the votes on the Fifth Ballot is elected Bishop.

Bishop Election Process
Click HERE for the Bishop Election Process documents.

2021 ELCA Election Toolkit for Synod Bishop Elections
Click HERE for the Bishop Election Process documents.

 

Election Forms

Biographical Information Form for Candidates
Authorization and Release From for Background Checks and Screening

Disclosure From for Nominees

Request for Withdrawal from Ballot of Bishop

Bishop's Job Description

Click HERE to read a partial description of duties for our Synod Bishop.

FAQ

The election of the next Bishop of the Allegheny Synod will be held at this year’s Assembly.

Who can vote? All rostered leaders of the Allegheny Synod, retired rostered leaders of the Allegheny Synod, Synod Council Members, and voting members of the Assembly will vote in the election. Voting members must be registered and present to take part in the vote. There is no absentee voting in this process.

Who is eligible for the call of Bishop? All ELCA rostered pastors in good standing can be nominated to serve as Bishop whether they be On Leave From Call, Part-time, Retired or a pastor in another Synod.

How are persons nominated? Nominations are made by the voting members on the first ballot which will be held Friday morning. Should you choose to nominate someone who is not attending the Assembly, please contact them beforehand to be certain they are open to the call of Bishop.

How do I remove my name from the balloting process? Persons nominated have the option to remove their name one time only after the first ballot. Otherwise, their name will be on the ballot through the conclusion of the election. To remove your name, text Synod Secretary David Finney at 814-525-0930.