2019 Assembly Resources

Welcome to our assembly resources page, where voting members and visitors can quickly find information needed before and during the 2019 Grand Canyon Synod Assembly.

During the week of assembly, this page will temporarily replace our regular home page. From June 9-16, 2019, you’ll be able to quickly access this resource page by visiting gcsynod.org or clicking the logo at the top of any page on the site. (You can find other assembly information on the main assembly page.)


Assembly Reports

  • Report of Reference & Counsel Committee (Resolutions) 
    (There is no report, as the committee did not receive any resolutions by the May 14th deadline.)

  • Nominating Committee Report & Slate of Nominees: PDF (updated 6/14/2019)

Financial Reports

  • Financial Statements: PDF

  • 2020/2021 Proposed Mission Spending Plan: PDF, Word document (updated 6/6/19)

Grand Canyon Synod Information

Office of the Bishop Reports

Ministry & Partner Reports 




  • Lutheran Campus Ministry at Arizona State University: PDF, video

  • Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Arizona University: PDF, video

  • Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Arizona: PDF

  • California Lutheran University: PDF

  • Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary: PDF, video

Publicly Engaged Church

  • Arizona Faith Network: PDF

  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS): PDF

  • Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada: PDF, video

  • Lutheran Social Services of Nevada: PDF

  • Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest: PDF, video

  • Mosaic: PDF

  • Spirit in the Desert: PDF, video

(updated 5/15/19)

Spiritual Foundations of Council Leadership
Rev. Conrad A. Braaten, Retired ELCA Pastor

Church and Culture; Then and Now—What is Happening in Our World?
Deacon Dr. Janice Zimbelman, Board Member, The Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations Network (LEIRN)

Criminal Sentencing Reform and the Death Penalty
Michael Valder, Social Justice Chairperson, Faith Lutheran Church, Phoenix

Communicating the Lutheran Identity
Allison Beebe, ELCA Churchwide Representative, ELCA Director of Communications

A Heritage of Welcome: Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Seekers
Connie Phillips,MSW, Executive Director, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Rev. Sharon Baglyos, Assistant Director for Outreach, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Standing with Martin Luther in Public Witness, as faithful Lutherans
Sarah Payne Naylor, Member of New Journey Lutheran Church in Fountain Hills, AZ; First Director of the Lutheran Office for Governmental Ministry in Arizona; Assistant Director, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC

Purple Christians: Politics and Polarization in Pulpit and Pew
Rev. Brad Munroe, Presbytery Pastor for Grand Canyon and de Cristo presbyteries; and has served three PCUSA congregations in Texas and Colorado before moving to Arizona. 


Singing the New Song – Healthy Change
Rev. David Drach-Meinel, Pastor, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Henderson, NV
Rev. Jason Adams, Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Las Vegas, NV

Global Engagement: For the Sake of the World
Rev. Karn Carroll, Pastor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ, Chairperson of the GCS Global Engagement Team

Synodically Authorized Worshipping Communities of the GCS
Rev. Miguel Gomez-Acosta, Grand Canyon Synod Director for Evangelical Mission and Bishop’s Associate for Congregational Vitality

Advocacy: Loving Our Neighbor in a Big Way
Bill Ledford, Advocate for Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada (LEAN)

How to Talk About Money
The Rev’d Canon Timothy Dombeck, Canon for Stewardship & Planned Giving, The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

Congregational Security in an Unsecure Time
Rev. Joe Dillon, Interim Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Phoenix