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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

Chairperson: Rev. Joy Bussert
Vice-Chairperson: Sharon Josephson
Secretary: Rev. Beth Pottratz
Treasurer: Rev. Kyle Hanson

Bishop's Representative

Bishop Amy Odgren

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

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

Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Deacon Susan Williams, Synod Office Representative
Rev. Beth Pottratz, Rostered Representative

Darrell Larsen, Lay Representative

Northwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Rev. Rebel Hurd, Synod Office Representative
Tyler Bublitz, Rostered Representative (lay minister)
Sharon Josephson, Lay Representative (Vice-Chairperson)

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

Southeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Bishop Regina Hassanally, Bishops’ Representative/Synod Office Rep. 
Rev. Joy Bussert, Rostered Representative (Chairperson)
Richard DeBeau, Lay Representative

Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Rev. Troy Pflibsen, Synod Office Representative

Rev. John Gabrielson, Rostered Representative

Vacant, Lay Representative

At-Large Representatives 
Laura Gaitan


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