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2015 NALC Convocation

August 12-14

Hyatt Regency Hotel
(Terminal C of DFW International Airport)

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

16‘But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. 17I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ — Acts 26: 16-18


 Lutheran Week Event Schedule

  • Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology: August 11, 1:00 PM – August 12, 12:00 noon (download:  agenda   |  list of speakers)
  • Women of the NALC Annual Gathering: August 11, 2:00 PM – August 12, 1:00 PM (download agenda)
  • Mission Driven! A Mission Intensive: August 12, 1:30 PM (download agenda)
  • NALC Convocation: August 12, 1:30 PM – August 14, 5:00 PM (download proposed agenda)

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2015 Convocation Business

Among the items of business before the 2015 Convocation are several constitutional amendments and elections for Bishop (four-year term), three members of the Executive Council (1 lay for a two-year term; 1 clergy and 1 lay for a four-year term) and two members of the Court of Adjudication (clergy or lay for a four-year term).

Constitutional Amendments

The NALC Constitution provides for amendments under Article 17 – Amendments, as follows:

17.01  The Executive Council may propose amendments to this Constitution to be considered by a Convocation. No later than 90 days before the beginning of the Convocation at which it is to be considered, the Bishop shall give written notice of each amendment proposed by the Executive Council. The approval of such an amendment shall require a two-thirds majority vote of the delegates present and voting at such Convocation.

A black-lined copy of amendments proposed by the Executive Council for consideration at the 2015 NALC Convocation may be downloaded by clicking here.

The proposed constitutional amendments are all related to the change in relationship between Lutheran CORE and the NALC. Earlier this year, Lutheran CORE amended its constitution to remove all references to specific Lutheran denominations. Those amendments included removing references to the Joint Commission on Theology and Doctrine, which had been a joint commission for Lutheran CORE and the NALC.

It is appropriate to remove “joint” from the NALC constitution for the following reasons: 1) Lutheran CORE is no longer participating as an organization in the commission; 2) the commission’s primary responsibilities have always pertained solely to the NALC; and 3) the NALC is now providing sole support for the commission.

Most of the proposed amendments are simple deletions. The amendments to Article 12.01 propose an amended procedure for appointing members of the commission, which would allow for the appointment of non-NALC members. They could be individual Lutheran CORE members who are members of another Lutheran church. The proposed amendments to Articles 12.02 and 13.02 provide more concise and clear wording.

Should these constitutional amendments be approved by the Convocation, it will then require ratification by 2/3 of NALC congregations voting within six months of the conclusion of the Convocation.


Under the NALC Constitution, congregations are empowered to submit nominations for all positions to be elected at Convocation.  The nominees for Bishop will be all those pastors nominated by a congregation or a Convocation delegate and willing to serve.  The Nominating Committee will select and propose a slate of nominees for the Executive Council and Court of Adjudication, and will also consider nominations from individual members of the NALC for those positions. Initial nominations were to be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than May 11, 2015.

The 2015 Nominating Committee presents the candidates named below for positions to be elected at the August Convocation.

Regarding additional nominations for Executive Council and Court of Adjudication, the NALC Constitution (10.03, 15.01), specifies that “Three or more delegates representing at least three congregations may together submit an additional nomination in writing. To be in order, the nomination, together with supporting biographical information, must be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than 45 days prior to the Convocation.

Please send additional nominations to nominations@thenalc.org by June 28, 2015.

Bishop (4-year term)
+ The Rev. John Bradosky – Bradenton, Florida
Executive Council – Lay Member (2-year term)
+ John Elling – Holcombe, Wisconsin
+ Stephen Lord – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Executive Council – Lay Member (4-year term)
+ Rosemary Johnson – Conrath, Wisconsin
+ Brian Sutton – Statesville, North Carolina
Executive Council – Ordained Minister (4-year term)
+ The Rev. Tom Hux – Salem, Oregon
+ The Rev. Carl Rasmussen – Kirkland, Illinois
+ The Rev. Paul Reiff – Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
+ The Rev. Eric Waters – Powell, Ohio
Court of Adjudication (4-year term)
(Two persons to be elected.)
+ Carolyn Nestingen – Roseville, Minnesota
+ The Rev. Marty Ramey – Dallas, North Carolina

Download the nominees’ biographical information by clicking here.

For a brief description of the duties for Bishop, Executive Council and Court of Adjudication, click here.

Nomination and biographical information forms may be downloaded by clicking on any of the links below: