Board Of Directors

On this page of the Bryn Athyn Church website, the Board of Directors will share documents appropriate for public distribution related to their work for the Bryn Athyn Church.

2019-2020 – Board of Trustees

Rev. Eric H. Carswell, President
Rev. Erik J. Buss, Vice-President
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer
Caira Bongers
Christina Irwin
Braden Bostock
Derek Glunz
Hayley Gunther
Angus Glenn
Reuben Mergen
Scott Nash
Elizabeth Rogers
David Diebert
Rachel Glenn – Secretary


Board Committees 2018-19

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Standing Committees:
Eric Carswell
Erik Buss
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer
Rachel Glenn, Secretary
Rob Andrews
Sean Connelly (Chair)
Duane Hyatt
Stewart Asplundh (ex officio, Treasurer)
Eric Carswell (ex officio)
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal)
Rob Andrews (Chair)
Eric Carswell (Co-Chair)
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal) (Guest)
Erik Buss
Rachel Glenn
Hayley Gunther
*Aurelle Genzlinger
*Kirsten Cronlund
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal)
(Coordinates with Finance Committee)
Hayley Gunther (Chair)
Stewart Asplundh (ex officio)
Eric Carswell (ex officio)
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal)
Braden Bostock (Chair)
Stewart Asplundh (ex officio)
Eric Carswell (ex officio)
*Stephen Morley (Cathedral Director)
*Jenny Maddock
*Kris Pitcairn
*Drew Nehlig
*Alan Grubb
David Deibert
NOMINATING (changes yearly):
David Fuller (Chair)
Scott Nash (Co-chair)
Aline Brown
Nina Kline
Greg Synnestvedt
Lynne Pitcairn
Bradley Cranch
(Coordinates with Finance Committee)
Eric Carswell (ex officio)
Barbara Doering
*Nicole Bau- Madsen
*Stephen Morley (Chair)
*Marg Baker
*Cheryl Cooper
*Eleanor Dillard
*Daric Smith
*Nina Dewees (secretary)
*Emily Jane Lemole
(Coordinates with Finance Committee)
Angus Glenn
Ad Hoc Committees:

(Coordinates with Strategic Planning Committee)
(Currently Inactive)
*Greg Henderson (Principal) (Chair)
Board Members:
*Building/Architectural Advisor: Jim Adams
*Parents: Julie Carr
*School Administrators: Rev. Solomon Keal
*Teacher: Greg Henderson, Judy Soneson
*Sustainability Advocate: Angela Rose
*Shops: Brenna Synnestvedt
*Community Representative: Peter Boericke
*Society: LynnEllen King

(Coordinates with Strategic Planning Committee)
Jeremy Simons
Erik Buss


*Emily Davis


David Fuller

Hayley Gunther

Minutes of 2018-2019 Bryn Athyn Church Board Meetings

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September 17, 2018 Meeting

• Stephen Morley will be retiring as of November 1, 2018. This will be announced at the semi-annual society meeting on September 19.
• Rob Andrews has agreed to chair the School Committee. Rachel Glenn has stepped down as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and Dain Kistner has agreed to take on that role. Scott Nash will chair the Nominating Committee.
• The actual 2017-2018 budget was reviewed.
• Greg Henderson reported on the school’s year so far. There are 277 students enrolled this year. Linnea Heinrichs is a new part-time assistant, and Rev. Solomon Keal is now the school pastor. Three Bryn Athyn College education student interns will be assisting in the primary grades and with the Wonder Garden. Greg recently called every family with children in the school to ask for feedback, which was mostly positive.
• Rev. Erik Buss presented a draft of a logo for Bryn Athyn Church. This is being done in conjunction with the General Church, with the design work undertaken by Digital Wave.
Reported by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

October 15, 2018 Meeting

• Meg Rohtla has formally accepted the position of Cathedral Director.
• Some new trees were planted in the cemetery to begin the process of replacing those lost to ash bore. More will be added over time. This project is funded by a special grant.
• The Strategic Planning committee has selected four potential areas on which to focus: young adult involvement, women’s roles, church attendance, and attraction/retention of newcomers and members.
• The Nominating Committee (for board members) is chaired by Scott Nash, with Elizabeth Rogers as vice-chair. They will be starting their search process soon.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

November 19, 2018 Meeting

• New basketball stands have been installed in the school, courtesy of a grant from the Asplundh Foundation.
• Angus Glenn will become chair of the Finance Committee beginning July 1, 2019 when Sean Connelly’s term ends.
• The Board approved a 4% tuition increase at Bryn Athyn Church School for next year.
• The Strategic Planning Committee recently produced a survey. There have been more than 200 responses. The Committee is planning to hold a community meeting in January to relay the data that has been collected.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

January 22, 2019 Meeting

• The responses to the recent survey put out by the Strategic Planning Committee showed a lot of confusion about the roles of the different organizations in Bryn Athyn (the Bryn Athyn Society, Bryn Athyn College, ANCSS, and the General Church). The Board discussed some possible ways to clarify what the organizations do.
• An examination of the question of whether to accept an offered donation of Cathedral bells is ongoing. A video of a carillon of bells, similar to what is being discussed, can be viewed at
• The General Church recently announced the June 2020 Assembly which will be hosted by Bryn Athyn Church. As having a completely volunteer leadership team is not really feasible in this day and age, the General Church will fund a central coordinator. Numerous volunteers will still be needed for many different Assembly uses!
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

February 19, 2019 Meeting

• Bishop Brian Keith will be preaching in the Cathedral at the end of June, and the Bryn Athyn Church is planning a reception after the service to acknowledge his retirement.
• Charter Day weekend 2019 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral, and some special commemorative events and/or displays are being discussed.
• Kaylene Glenn has accepted the position of event director for the 2020 General Church Assembly.
• More students at BACS are needing a higher level of support and the administration and Student Support Center staff are working on ways to meet this challenge.
• The Preschool is full for next year and has a wait-list. They are already receiving requests for the 2020-2021 school year.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

Minutes of 2018-19 Annual Meeting

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April 24, 2019 Meeting

• After an opening worship service, the minutes of the Semi-Annual Meeting from September 19, 2018 were approved. The election for open Board of Trustees positions was held. Rob Andrews (incumbent), Rachel Glenn (incumbent), Caira Bongers and Derek Glunz were elected to the Board of Trustees.
• Rev. Eric Carswell presented a slideshow of the building consultant’s proposed new floor plan for our facility. The next step is for the building committee to hire an architect to put together a design. He reported on the results of a survey that the Strategic Planning Committee sent out which showed high satisfaction with BACS, creating service opportunities and providing worship services, but suggested that more attention needs to be focused on engaging young adults and newcomers. He also reported that the General Church has hired Kaylene Glenn as coordinator for the 2020 GC Assembly.
• Staff members were acknowledged for their years of service, ranging from five to 30 years.
• Volunteer Coordinator Nina Dewees gave an overview of her work of providing community service and support.
• Principal Greg Henderson presented a slideshow of this year’s activities at BACS. He acknowledged Carol Nash’s retirement after 25 years of service. Carla Reuter will be her replacement for 7th grade girls, and Kate Gunther will take over in the 4th grade.
• Treasurer Stewart Asplundh presented the FY2019-20 budget for the society and the Cathedral. Both budgets reflect a surplus—$12K for the society and $38K for the Cathedral.

2018-19 Bryn Athyn Church Annual Report