Nominations

The Nominating Committee nominates at least one candidate for each open elected position. The following candidate statements have been received by the Messenger to date. 

The candidate elected to be president will become the president-elect and then take office as president at the 2022 Annual Convention. 

Rev. Jim Lawrence, D.Min., Ph.D.

Rev. Jim Lawrence, D.Min., Ph.D.

President (three-year term)

"The future holds grand promise for our special brand of Swedenborgianism in Convention, and I am excited for the prospects of an emerging new phase of our Church’s life."

Kurt Fekete

Kurt Fekete

Vice President (one-year term) & Standing Committee for Financial Accountability (three-year term)

"I am pleased and honored to accept the nomination to the position of Vice President as well as the Standing Committee for Financial Accountability. I was raised in a Swedenborgian family and have been involved with the Swedenborgian Church for my entire life."

Karen Conger

Karen Conger

Recording Secretary (one-year term)

"It’s once again an honor to accept nomination for the office of recording secretary of the General Convention, a position to which I was first elected in 2015...I continue to very much enjoy working as secretary and hope to continue in the position."

Barbara Halle

Barbara Halle

General Council - Layperson (three-year term)

"By continuing to serve on General Council, I look forward to being able to help our denomination reach its spiritual and earthly potential in an open-minded, caring, and discerning manner."

Herb Ziegler

Herb Ziegler

General Council - Layperson (three-year term)

"I look forward to this opportunity to serve the Swedenborgian Church and help it through these rapidly changing and sometimes perilous times to the extent my talents, knowledge, and efforts allow me."

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

General Council - Layperson (unexpired two-year term)

In addition to his service with the Church, Tom spent six years on the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy, where he served as secretary and Advocacy Committee chair. During that time, he led a number of both local and national initiatives to create new income opportunities for musicians...These efforts taught Tom the balance of bringing people together for larger social change, the political incentives to move things forward, and the patience needed for true long-term change.

Beki Greenwood

Beki Greenwood

General Council - Layperson (unexpired one-year term)

"In September of 2019, I was contacted to fill an unexpired term on the General Council and was honored to be asked. Since then, I have become the editor of the Messenger, been an active ex officio member of the Standing Committee for Communication and Information, part of the planning committee for Virtual Convention (2020 and 2021), and serve on a variety of sub-committees."

Rev. Thom Muller

Rev. Thom Muller

General Council - Minister (three year term)

Rev. Thom Muller is the pastor of Hillside Community Church, an Urban Sanctuary, in El Cerrito, California, as well as managing editor of Our Daily Bread at spiritualquesters.org, and Assistant Night Minister at the San Francisco Night Ministry.

Tara Conkling

Tara Conkling

Standing Committee for Communication & Information (three-year term)

"I look forward to this opportunity to participate on the Standing Committee for Communication and Information to help continue these valuable efforts in our Swedenborgian community, using technology problem-solving skills I have gained through my research positions as well as my strong interest in technology to help grow our tech innovations."

Holly Bauer

Holly Bauer

Standing Committee for Communication & Information (unexpired two-year term)

"Over the past fifteen years I have gotten so much out of my involvement in this church community. I have been serving on SCCI for the past year and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the organization in this role."

Rev. Shada Sullivan

Rev. Shada Sullivan

Standing Committee for Education & Resources for Spiritual Community (three-year term)

Rev. Shada Sullivan is the pastor at The Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware. She also serves as an at-large member of the Council of Ministers (COM) Executive Committee, a member of the Social Justice Committee (SJC), and a member of the Swedenborgians in Action Against Racism (SAAR) Leadership Team.

Tom Neuenfeldt

Tom Neuenfeldt

Standing Committee for Financial Accountability (three-year term)

"I believe that my involvement in the denomination at the national level gives me the background and knowledge to review funding requests and budgeting requirements associated with the Standing Committee for Financial Accountability. This is an important committee, and I am honored to be nominated."

Rev. Rachel Madjerac

Rev. Rachel Madjerac

Standing Committee for Financial Accountability (unexpired one-year term)

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Rev. Rachel Madjerac currently serves as the ministry coordinator and as a rites and sacraments minister at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Previously, she worked as a hospital chaplain in Hawaii and San Diego, and she is originally from New England.

BJ (Betty Jean) Neuenfeldt

BJ (Betty Jean) Neuenfeldt

Committee on Admission to the Ministry - Layperson (three-year term)

"After a couple years of hiatus, I am willing to serve again as a member of the Committee for Admission into the Ministry. I look forward to sharing in the excitement as new folks strive to serve the Swedenborgian Denomination in many ways."

Rev. Alison Lane-Olsen

Rev. Alison Lane-Olsen

Committee on Admission to the Ministry - Clergy (unexpired two-year term)

Rev. Alison Lane-Olsen currently lives in Fryeburg, Maine, where she has been serving the Fryeburg New Church as pastor since 2013. She lives there with her husband, two children, and pets.

Paul Deming

Paul Deming

Nominating Committee (five-year term)

Paul is the pastor of the Church of the Open Word / Garden Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was installed in 2016. He is also a music specialist at Rohan Woods School where he teaches elementary students three days a week. In his spare time he writes music, plays lead guitar in a local band, and teaches Karate. Paul is married and has two grown sons with families of their own.