Governance and Leadership

Augustana Lutheran Church has a congregational form of government. This means that all decision-making authority is vested in the congregation, when a meeting of all members with voting privileges is called and conducted according to the constitution and bylaws, usually in January or February each year (and at other times for specific purposes).

In between annual meetings, the elected congregational council makes decisions and functions as the highest decision-making body.

2018 Congregational Council

The council is made up of Augustana Lutheran Church members elected by the congregation and has general oversight over, and fiduciary responsibility for, the affairs of the congregation. The council generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Should decisions need to be made between meetings, the council has delegated authority to an executive committee consisting of David Bylsma, Thomas Chacko, Pastor Cathy Ellen Rosenholtz, Gregory Scholtz, and Denise Walker.

Augustana Lutheran members are free to contact any member of the council in person to discuss matters of interest or concern. Or, if you prefer contact by email, you may contact the president of the council, Pastor Cathy Ellen Rosenholtz, or the vice-president, Thomas Chacko.

Kathryn Baerwald
David Bylsma
Thomas Chacko, Vice President
Lou Costanza
Roya Ellis
Sarah Estill
Dawn Fenton
Ronald Granados
Gloria Harris
Ronald Mueller
Gregory F. Scholtz, Secretary
Craig Shireman
Joy Stancil
Sid Stolz
Denise Walker

Ex officio:
Manuel Caceres, Santa Maria Deacon
Dennis Roy, Treasurer


Nominating Committee

The nominating committee recruits candidates for open positions on the congregational council each year. Members of the committee are elected by the congregational assembly at its annual meeting.

Other Committees

Other committees of the congregational council carry out the leadership for and operation of the congregation’s various programs/ministries. These committees are:


Reconciling in Christ

Augustana Lutheran Church is a spiritual community that celebrates the gifts of God that empower us to engage in the struggles of life, to care for each other, and to serve Christ where we work and live. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions––all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to people.

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Augustana Lutheran Church
2100 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5315 (phone)
(202) 234-5312 (voicemail)
(202) 234-5724 (fax)
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