Eaton
Rev. Elizabeth Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA
 
Originally from Ohio, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Ordained in 1981, Eaton served as assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Ohio; and pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013. She was elected Presiding Bishop of the ELCA at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly.
JungeRev. Dr. Martin Junge
Secretary, Lutheran World Federation
 
Originally from Chile, the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge serves as the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. He assumed office in 2010.
He studied evangelical theology at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and was ordained in Chile in 1989. He pastored two congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chile (ELCC), and was elected president of the ELLC in 1996. In 2000, Junge was appointed LWF Area Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Department for Mission and Development. In June 2015 Junge received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
ELCA Glocal Musicians
Music and worship leadership will be provided by the Glocal Musicians of the ELCA. The musicians were formed by the Global Formation Team in ELCA Global Mission to provide musical leadership for Glocal Gatherings hosted by congregations and other Christian communities throughout North America and the Caribbean. Through its intentional diversity—including representation from many countries, denominations and several cultures—the group embodies ways to stand in mutual solidarity while amplifying marginalized voices.
RED talksRED Talks
7 minute talks from leaders who are practicing reform in their context. These might be seasoned pastors who have reimagined how to be the church, freshly minted pastors who work diligently in a mission development setting or anywhere in between.
 
Rev. Christopher Gentile, Grace in San Antonio
Pastor Chris considers himself blessed to be a part of all the exciting things that God is doing through Grace Church in the great Alamo City. 25+ years in ordained ministry have taken him from New Jersey to Texas, and in each place he experiences God's grace as the church grows in number, diversity and most importantly, faith.
 
Rev. Kyle Rouze
Pastor Kyle Rouze serves on staff at Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills, TX. He is Pastor by day, podcaster by lunch and Dad by dinner.  He is passionate about living our shared story of faith and exploring new ways that connect the community together. 
 
Enedina Vasquez
Enedina Vasquez is founding member of Platicas de Santa Sophia in San Antonio, an ecumenical ministry for women. A graduate of the Seminary of the Southwest, Enedina is in the process for ordination in the ELCA. She is passionate about connecting faith and art, experiencing the creative, redemptive work of God through the work of our hands.
 
Rev. Mark England
Pastor Mark serves through Kinsmen in Houston. He's an avid (some may call it excessive) runner.  He is passionate about investing in leaders through intentional discipleship, removing unnecessary barriers that keep people from following Jesus and finding new ways to be the church in our neighborhoods, networks and wherever we join in God's mission. 
 
Rev. Cheryl Wolenta-Gorvie
Pastor Cheryl leads the good people of Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas. Her keen sense of liturgical style and insistence that God's grace is meant for all make her a refreshing leader. Cheryl is passionate about confronting racism in a culture that often denies it's existence.
 
Rev. Rachel Ringlaben
Pastora Rachel is the mission developer for Mesa Abierta in Kenner, Louisiana. Known as 'la pastora de la calle' [the pastor of the streets], you're most likely to find Rachel sitting with day laborers in the Home Depot parking lot, facilitating ESL classes or accompanying a friend for an immigration hearing. Rachel is passionate about being the church through accompaniment, the slow, meaningful work of walking with God's people in daily life. 
 

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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