Policy Council

The Policy Council of Lutheran Advocacy-Minnesota determines what policy priorities we work on during the legislative session and throughout the year. The Policy Council consists of three representatives from each of the six synods in Minnesota, including one representative from the Bishop's office, one rostered leader, and one layperson. Members of the Policy Council serve three year terms. 

Policy Council Members

Officers
Chairperson: Rev. Joy Bussert
Vice-Chairperson: Sharon Josephson
Secretary: Maryellen Skan
Treasurer: Rev. Kyle Hanson

Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA
Rev. Craig Pederson, Synod Representative

Rev. Kyle Hanson, Rostered Representative (Treasurer)
Maryellen Skan, Lay Representative (Secretary)

Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Deacon Brenda Tibbetts, Synod Representative
Rev. Beth Pottratz, Rostered Representative

Northwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Sharon Josephson, Synod Representative (Vice-Chairperson)
Tyler Bublitz, Rostered Representative (lay minister)
John Brainard, Lay Representative

Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA
Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Synod Representative
Deacon Nina Joygaard, Rostered Representative
Don Schuld, Lay Representative

Southeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Bishop Regina Hassanally, Bishops’ Representative 
Rev. Joy Bussert, (Chairperson)
Sarah Jerde, Lay Representative

Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Rev. John Gabrielson, Synod Representative
Dennis Plahn, Lay Representative

At-Large Representatives 
Laura Gaitan