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Synod Council

The Synod Council serves as the board of directors and as the interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. Lay and Rostered Leaders are elected to 4-year terms.


The Bishop is a Minister of Word & Sacrament, and is elected by the Synod Assembly for a 6-year term. The full description of the role of bishop can be found in Chapter 8 of the Rocky Mountain Synod Constitution. The Rev. James Gonia currently serves as Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod.

About Bishop Gonia

Office of the Bishop 

The shared ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod is stewarded by the staff off the Office of the Bishop, including: Candidacy, Transition, Communication, Advocacy, New Ministries, Events, and the Lutheran Center.

Meet the Office of the Bishop Staff