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. 

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."

Kevin Baxter

Kevin Baxter

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

"While not often flashy, the technical aspects of ministry is essential for the future of the church. I would like to work with the dedicated team already in place to help further that mission along."

Paul Deming

Paul Deming

General Council - Layperson (three-year term)

Paul Deming was installed as Pastor of the Church of the Open Word / Garden Chapel in 2016. He lives in St. Louis and is married to Suzy Holper who serves as Wedding Coordinator. Paul is a musician and taught elementary music for over twenty years. Paul also teaches Shotokan Karate to adults and children.

Julie Conaron

Julie Conaron

Standing Committee for Educational Resources (three-year term)

Julie has always been interested in education, and chose to change profession after the death of her spouse, feeling called to be a "spiritual microbiologist," becoming an interfaith minister in 2012 and ordained in 2015 as a Convention minister.

Junchol Lee

Junchol Lee

Standing Committee for Educational Resources (three-year term)

Junchol is deeply interested in the spiritual aspect of education for all Swedenborgians, and finding ways to connect people with the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg.

Lewis Shaw

Lewis Shaw

Center for Swedenborgian Studies Board - Rep Class (four-year term)

PhD. of Cambridge University. Buddhologist and scholar of church history.

Jennifer Lindsay

Jennifer Lindsay

Treasurer (three-year term)

Jennifer has served as Treasurer since being initially elected in 2017. She came to know and embrace Swedenborg’s teachings through the San Francisco Church where she has been an active member for nearly 25 years. She served the church council as treasurer for seven years and is currently serving as president. She also previously served as treasurer for Wayfarers Chapel and currently for the Center for Swedenborgian Studies.

Kurt Fekete

Kurt Fekete

Vice President (one-year term)

"If elected to the vice president position in the coming year I look forward to continuing to provide a youthful perspective to the organization while honoring the heritage and foundational principles of our beloved faith community."

Emily Woofenden

Emily Woofenden

General Council - Layperson (three-year term)

"I currently serve as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Fryeburg New Church Assembly. I have served on this board for many years and have found the work to be quite fulfilling. I also currently serve on the Swedenborgian Community Online Central Committee. I am happy to have the opportunity to expand my service and experience to the greater Swedenborgian denomination."

Rev. Rachel Madjerac

Rev. Rachel Madjerac

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

Rev. Rachel Madjerac currently works at UC San Diego in the Office of Ethics & Compliance. Previously, she served at Wayfarers Chapel as the Ministry Coordinator and as a Rites & Sacraments Minister.

Sage Cole

Sage Cole

General Council - Clergy (three-year term)

"Since my entry at age 13 into the loving embrace of the SCYL, the Church has held me and then called me into ministry where I have been serving for the last seventeen years....I am excited to bring my experience to the work of General Council and to be a voice looking to the future, so that other 13 year olds many generations from now will be blessed as I was."

Tammara Mounce

Tammara Mounce

Nomination Committee

"I am a 35+ year member of the Laporte New Church, Swedenborgian, where I now serve as president on the executive board. I am a member of Almont New Church Assembly where I serve as secretary on the executive board. For the past 12 years, I have served as an advisor to the teens at Almont and the Almont Survivors. I also worked with our Transitions group within the denomination for many years. I would honored to assist with the Nominating Committee."

Lisa Solwold

Lisa Solwold

Standing Committee for Financial Accountability (three-year term)

"It has been an honor to serve the Swedenborgian Church of North America by being part of the Standing Committee for Financial Accountability...I would like to be considered for another term and feel that my work in management as a hospital chaplain helps me understand a balance of needs, resources and stewardship."

Kelly Schellenberg Kennedy

Kelly Schellenberg Kennedy

General Council - Layperson (one-year term)

"I am honoured to be nominated to be a Canadian representative for the General Council...I served for several years on the Paulhaven Camp Committee, as a provincial representative for the Western Canada Conference, and am honoured to have served my first year as Western Canada Conference president and have much to learn."