The 2022 Nebraska Synod Assembly
June 2–4, 2022 ⎮ Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE



The 2022 Nebraska Synod Assembly will gather in person this year! Voting members from congregations across the state will gather to elect the next Nebraska Synod Bishop, engage in conversation, vote on resolutions, elect synod council and committee representatives, and vote on any other assembly business. All participants will have opportunities for continued learning, fellowship, and learn more about the ministries of the Nebraska Synod.

We gather this year under the theme of ‘Let Your Light Shine’. Our theme verse comes from Matthew 5:15-16. It is under this theme that we will remember and celebrate all that is made possible as God’s people and through God’s work with our hands, minds, hearts, and whole selves.

Registration for the 2022 Nebraska Synod Assembly is now closed and is available for registrations until May 1, 2022.Refunds will not be available or processed after May 1, 2022.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Bishop's Election
Assembly Voting Resources
Access Resources
2022 Bulletin of Reports
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Meet Your Assembly Speakers


Deacon Sue E. Rothmeyer was elected and currently serves as secretary of the ELCA. Secretary Rothmeyer began her ministry as a lay campus minister with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Iowa State University in 1984. With her passion for campus ministry, Secretary Rothmeyer continued her work at the churchwide organization in 1995. Before transitioning to the Office of the Secretary, Secretary Rothmeyer served in various positions in youth, young adult and campus ministry. She is the first deacon and first woman to serve as secretary of the ELCA.




Rev. Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of over one hundred congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies. Michael studied music at Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in Valparaiso, Indiana, focusing on organ performance and singing in the VU Schola Cantorum, Chorale, Concert Choir. He received his Master of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children.




Dr. Lawrence Chatters currently serves as the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Nebraska, and oversees the Department’s efforts in those respective areas while also serving as a senior administrator advising the Director of Athletics. Dr. Chatters has also worked as an academic advisor, course instructor and mental health counselor with focused efforts and experience in students’ mental, social, and emotional health. Dr. Chatters graduated from Midland University in 2002 with a degree in psychology. He has been a licensed mental health practitioner since 2006.



Synod Assembly Special Guests


Rev. Susan Candea serves as Bishop of the Central States Synod, ELCA. Throughout her career, Rev. Candea has been involved in many aspects of ministry throughout the church including advocacy work, campus ministry, youth gatherings, community organizing, interfaith and ecumenical work. She is passionate about preaching the gospel and connecting the radical and inclusive good news in ways that challenge us to live out our faith in public ways.  She has three sons and two grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes and listens to audio books (good mystery stories) as she drives the many miles across the synod to be with congregations.




Rev. Andrew A. (Andy) Taylor serves as Bishop of the Pacifica Synod, ELCA. In May 2017, he received his Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary, writing his dissertation on Youth Ministry practices and their lasting effects on the faith of today’s adults. A native of Fresno, California, Bishop Taylor’s congregation, Bethel Lutheran, experienced growth and enthusiasm for ministry during his childhood when the church began intentionally serving the needs of those who lived in the surrounding low-income neighborhood. While not working, Bishop Taylor enjoys hiking, golfing, watching peak TV and sampling craft beer.




Dakota Road has become known nationally for their stirring original music and playful performance style. They craft powerful stories of life and faith woven in colorful musical styles ranging from acoustic ballads to rocking anthems. Their songs of faith and love, hurts and hopes are shaped by a passion for justice and a vision for the church, the neighborhood and the whole world to be peace-filled welcoming places. Individually and as a band Dakota Road has released over 20 recordings with many of their songs being sung all across the U.S. & beyond. The band members are Hans Peterson, Larry Olson, Karol Baer, Christel Brosi, Scott Jibben and Al Berven.



Details & Resources

  • 2022 Assembly Agenda

    Download Tentative Agenda (Updated May 3, 2022)

    *This current draft of the Assembly Agenda is a tentative agenda until the Assembly votes on the proposed agenda. 

  • COVID Protocol at 2022 Synod Assembly

    The Nebraska Synod council has voted on and approved the following COVID-19 protocol for the 2022 Synod Assembly.

    • Participants (i.e. voting members, visitors, vendors, volunteers, staff) over the age of 5 attending the 2022 Nebraska Synod Assembly are required to either show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or the negative result of a COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before the start of the assembly
    • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while indoors except when eating or drinking
  • Housing & Reservations

    Individuals are responsible for reservation and payment of overnight lodging. On-Site housing is available through Younes Hospitality at a Group Rate. A credit or debit card is required to secure the reservations.  Rates and contact information are:

    • Comfort Inn: $114.95/night Standard Rooms ⎮ Contact (308) 236-3400
    • LaQuinta Inn: $114.95/night Standard Rooms ⎮ Contact (308) 237-4400
    • Fairfield Inn: $124.95/night Standard Rooms ⎮ Contact (308) 236-4200
    • Hampton Inn: $124.95/night Standard Rooms ⎮ Contact (308) 234-3400
    • Holiday Inn: $114.95/night Standard Rooms ⎮ Contact (308) 237-5971

    *Rates are shown per standard room, per night and do not include applicable taxes. Suites may be available at a higher rate. In order to access the group rate, you must call the hotel of your choice directly. Group rates will not be honored through any other reservation method.

    Younes Hospitality honors a 24 Hour Reservation Cancellation Policy. Guest room reservations must be canceled prior to 6:00PM on the day before the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations after this time will be billed for the first nights room charge plus tax. Those reservations that no-show the first night will be cancelled for any additional nights.

  • 2022 Resolution Submittal Form

    Resolutions are due March 1, 2022. Resolutions received after March 1, 2022, will be considered late resolutions. Late resolutions are brought forward to the Assembly and require a majority vote to be considered on the floor and a two-thirds vote for passage (S7.31.22)

    If you have any questions, please email office@nebraskasynod.org or call us at (402)-896-5311

    The submission deadline for resolutions has passed.