Category: Policy Council

LAMPa Welcomes Dennis Groce to Policy Council

Dennis Groce was confirmed as a member of the LAMPa Policy Council by vote of the Northwest PA Synod Assembly in June, 2021. Dennis and his wife Marcia have been members of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North East, PA (Erie County) since 2006. In addition to congregational roles, Dennis is the current chairperson...

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LAMPa Welcomes Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council

LAMPa is very happy to welcome Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council as a representative of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod! Donna has 42 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and administration of family services programs for at-risk children and families. She has worked in the urban settings of Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago,...

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LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Bruce McCullough as a representative from Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.   A lifelong Lutheran, Bruce is a member of University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation (“UniLu“), a town/gown congregation that he joined when he first arrived in Philadelphia to attend college and then law school.  Bruce is an attorney practicing in Delaware and...

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LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2021 Priorities

LAMPa’s policy council met virtually on Dec. 3, 2021, and approved the following policy priorities for 2021.  They are based on the experience of our ministries, guided by ELCA Social Statements and LAMPa’s mission: “In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common...

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LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member from SWPA

The Rev. Jim Engel, pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Uniontown, joins the LAMPa Policy Council representing the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod (SWPA). “I am excited to have the opportunity to return to working with a state government to advocate for those who have been marginalized by power, economics, politics, and systems as a...

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Dr. Crystal L. Hall Joins LAMPa Policy Council

LAMPa welcomes Dr. Crystal L. Hall  on board as a representative of the United Lutheran Seminary. Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Her most recent book is Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor, published by Fortress Press. Dr. Hall’s research and teaching address God’s call to justice and right relationship...

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LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Carla Wilson to Policy Council

The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson, Associate Pastor of Outreach and Faith Formation at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster,  will join the LAMPa Policy Council in September as a representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS). She also co-chairs the Toward Racial Justice Task Force of the LSS and is a congregational coach...

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LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Glenn Beard to Policy Council

The Rev. Glenn Beard, Jr. recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council as one of two representatives of Lutheran Services in America – Pennsylvania on LAMPa’s policy council. Beard is an ELCA pastor under call as the Director of Church Relations and Pastoral Care at Luthercare. Pastor Beard has been in the ministry since 1990. From...

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LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Matthew Best to Policy Council

The Rev. Matthew Best recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council as a representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS).  Since 2017, Best has served as the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, New Kingstown. Pastor Best also serves on the LSS Council, currently serving on the Executive Committee of Synod Council. He is also Chair...

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