Two ELCA pastors get top synod posts

I’ve been slow in getting to the recent Synod Assembly of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

I’ll write more about it soon.

But I wanted to note some staff changes affecting two highly regarded ELCA pastors from here in the LoHud.

First, the Rev. Kathleen Koran, pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Brewster since 2002, has been named assistant to the bishop for congregations. She will assist Bishop Robert Rimbo, head of the NY Synod, to develop healthy congregations. She starts July 1.

Second, the Rev. Jack Horner, pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Mount Kisco for 10 years, has been named assistant to the bishop for evangelical mission. He’ll be dealing with outreach and evangelical efforts, particularly at congregations that are receiving financial support from the synod or the national denomination. Interestingly, he’ll be working for both Rimbo and Bishop Stephen Bouman, the past bishop of New York who is now heading the ELCA’s Division for Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission out of Chicago. Horner gets going June 16.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.