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Board of Directors

Mike Childers President, At Large Representative
Joel Vale
Vice President, At Large Representative;
Synod Council Representative, At Discretion
Chris Gold Treasurer, At Large Representative
Aaron Pyle
Secretary, At Large Representative;
Hill Country Conference Representative
Rev. Sue Briner Bishop’s Representative, At Discretion
Rev. Marcus Bigott
At Large Representative
Alicia Tezel
Alamo Conference Representative
Kara Hairell-Speed
Bluebonnet Conference Representative
Amy Singer
Capital North Conference Representative
Anna Livingston
Capital South Conference Representative
Jack Hampton
Cibolo Creek Conference Representative
Rev. Tom Dietzel Gulf Coast Conference Representative
Mary Lovig
Rio Grande Valley Conference Representative
Dave Brewton Lutheran Men in Mission (Advisory)
Peggy Horton
Women of the ELCA (Advisory)
Jacob Breedlove
Summer Staff Representative (Advisory)
Taylor Dieringer
Summer Staff Representative (Advisory)

The Cross Trails Ministry Board of Directors is a vision and policy governing body that works on behalf of the congregations of the Southwestern Texas Synod, who own the corporation. The Board of Directors meets four times per year.

Each conference has a voting representative on the Cross Trails Ministry Board. Conference Representatives are elected by their conference for three-year terms, renewable once. Contact Cross Trails Ministry to determine conference openings, or contact your conference dean if you are interested.

There are three voting, At-Large Board Member positions. One of these is up for election at the corporation meeting each year. Each At-Large Board Member is eligible for a three-year term, renewable once. At-large members are nominated by the Executive Committee of the board, or may be nominated from the floor at the time of the vote. The vote takes place at our yearly business meeting, which is held in conjunction with the Synod Assembly.

Cross Trails Ministry’s by-laws state that the electing body should try for inclusive representation on the board. As a result, the Executive Committee will take into account lay/clergy, male/female, minority groups and regional representation, along with personal experience when making a recommendation to the voting members at the annual meeting. Interested persons should fill out an at-large application by the publicized date.

Application for At-Large Board Positions 2017

Other voting board positions include a Bishop’s Representative and a Synod Council Representative. These serve at the discretion of the bishop and synod council.

Advisory, non-voting members include a Women of the ELCA representative, a Lutheran Men in Mission Representative and a Youth representative



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