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.

2019 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 Kathryn Baerwald, Gloria Harris, Ronald Mueller, and Gregory Scholtz.

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 vice-president of the council, Gregory Scholtz.


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:

Danny Barlow*
Jerry Brown
David Bylsma
Roya Ellis
Sarah Estill
Ronald Granados
Gloria Harris, Secretary*
Ronald Mueller*
Gregory F. Scholtz, Vice President*
Katie Shanahan
Craig Shireman
Joy Stancil
Sid Stoltz
Denise Walker
* Member, Executive Committee

Ex officio:
Manuel Caceres, Santa Maria Deacon

Officers of the Congregation:
Dennis Roy, Treasurer
Katie Shanahan, Assistant Treasurer
Jon Quam, Financial Secretary
Lou Costanza, Assistant Financial Secretary