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.

2018-2019 – Board of Trustees

Rev. Eric H. Carswell, President
Rev. Erik J. Buss, Vice-President
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer
Sean Connelly
Christina Irwin
Braden Bostock
David Fuller
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)
Eric Carswell
Erik Buss
Sean Connelly
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
*Emily Jane Lemole
(Coordinates with Finance Committee)
Sean Connelly
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. Phil Schnarr
*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

Report on 2017-2018 BA Church Board Activities:

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November 20, 2017 Meeting

• Greg Henderson reported that all the new staff members at the school are doing well and are being mentored by teachers at General Church Education and from other General Church elementary schools as well as by direct colleagues.
• Based upon the recommendations from the Finance Committee, the Board voted to approve a 4% increase in 2018-19 tuition and financial aid. This is the same increase as in past years.
• It was reported that the Cathedral will no longer allow professional photography on the grounds except for weddings that are held in the Cathedral.
• The nomination committee is working to set up a slate of nominees for Board positions in good time for the society to put forward additional nominees if they wish.
Reported by Rachel Glenn, Board Secretary

January 15, 2018 Meeting

• Diana Mergen reported that membership information has been transferred from the old database (Fellowship One) to a new one (Seraphim). Offertory basket contributions are up 3% compared to last year.
• The Nominating Committee is preparing the slate of board nominees. The goal is to send these names to society members by March 1 to allow time for the possibility of additional people being nominated in advance of the notification of the annual meeting in April.
• The Bryn Athyn Church submitted a request to a foundation to fund school facility improvements—including roof repair, new bleachers, technology materials, student financial aid, emergency aid fund, and improvements to the sound system in the Cathedral Choir Hall.
• After several years’ hiatus, a new Strategic Planning committee is being formed.
• The Cathedral will start to raise funds for two projects: installing security cameras and building a safety railing on the balcony at the back of the nave.
• The Building Review Committee has requested proposals from 4 design consultant firms to help with defining what to ask for in a possible renovation/partial rebuild of the school building.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Bryn Athyn Church Board Secretary

February 20, 2018 Meeting

• The agenda for the Society’s semi-annual meeting in April was discussed.
• A tentative budget for FY19 was circulated.
• David Fuller reported on the work of the Nominating Committee. The Board affirmed the candidates selected by the committee.
• The Board empowered the Cathedral staff to solicit contributions toward installing security cameras and building a safety railing on the balcony.
• Background information on the possibility of having bells in the Cathedral was distributed.
• After further discussion of the safety and legal concerns, the Board voted to close the balcony in the Cathedral until the railing is brought up to code.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Secretary

April 16, 2018 Meeting

• The Board approved a draft of the 2018-2019 budget which include a 4% tuition increase.
• A draft of the Cathedral’s 2018-2019 budget was circulated.
• Fundraising for a balcony railing and outdoor security cameras at the Cathedral is continuing.
• The Building Review Committee has hired Aimee Leighton to facilitate the information gathering process. She will be meeting with teachers and other focus groups.
• The Board discussed a request from Rob Andrews to consider an easement across a corner of the Bryn Athyn Cemetery.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Bryn Athyn Church Board Secretary

May 21, 2018 Meeting

• The newly elected Board Member, Christina Irwin was welcomed.
• Diana Mergen reported the new database software, Seraphim, is up and running. A flyer with information on making contributions via mobile text will be made available at the Cathedral and at the Informal service. Among other contributions, she noted that $300K has been given for the school endowment.
• The Board approved the revised Society budget and the Cathedral budget for FY2018-19.
• Brandon Bostock reported that the Cemetery Committee has accepted the donation of one stone bench for use in the cemetery, with the possibility of several more.
• Stephen Morley presented the Cathedral’s strategic plan which covers areas including maintenance, restoration, security, and congregant and visitor experiences.
• Greg Henderson gave a report on BACS including his research into ways that the school can better support families with two working parents. The school is in good shape with no major staffing changes and a good enrollment with a class of 28 kindergarten students coming in.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Board Secretary

Report of the Bryn Athyn Church Annual Meeting

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April 25, 2018 Meeting

After an opening worship service, the minutes of the Semi-Annual meeting from September 20, 2017 were approved. The election for open Board of Trustees position was held. Christina Irwin was elected, along with incumbents Braden Bostock, Hayley Gunther and Elizabeth Rogers.
Pastor Carswell reported that both the Board and the Strategic Planning Committee have been considering key factors in the long-term health of Bryn Athyn Church. The following staff members were acknowledged for their years of service: Mary Beth DeGeorge, Eric Carswell (5 years); Brooke Childs, Gail Neukum (10 years); Cynthia Conaron, Jena Frey, Lucas Mergen (15 years); Sue Adams, Beth Bochneak, Chris DeMaria, Alex Rogers, Lisa Synnestvedt (20 years); Sheila Daum (25 years).
Lori Odhner gave a brief presentation on the various programs Bryn Athyn Church has for supporting marriages, and Bronwen Henry spoke about building community through her work with small groups.
Principal Greg Henderson presented a slideshow of this year’s activities at BACS. He acknowledged Rev. Phil Schnarr’s upcoming retirement as school pastor. Rev. Solomon Keal will be his successor. There is a Building Committee working with a consultant to help the school and community articulate our needs regarding the future of our buildings.
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer, presented the FY2018-19 Society budget and the (draft-form) Cathedral budget. He noted that as we approach the end of the FY2017-18 budget year, we are currently $68K short in annual fund giving, and $45K short in basket contributions. However, the Financial Aid Fund has a surplus of $100K, and the Educational Enhancement Fund (EEF) is close to meeting its $20K goal.

Report of the Bryn Athyn Church Semi-Annual Meeting

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September 20, 2017 Meeting

• • The minutes of the Annual Meeting held on April 26, 2017 were approved.
• Rev. Eric Carswell invited the congregation to give him counsel on the next Executive Bishop and reported on the recommendations from the General Church Women’s Participation Task Force. He reported that the Board recently passed a motion to allow the Nominating Committee to present for election the same number of candidates as there are open Board positions, with the option for further candidates to be nominated by the society. After some discussion, he called for a motion to affirm the direction of the Board, which was passed.
• Volunteer Coordinator Nina Dewees, reported on the successes of the Stephen Ministry and Pay It Forward programs and the benefits for both givers and receivers.
• Cathedral Director Stephen Morley reported on the many services, improvements and activities happening at the Cathedral, thanking the employees and the volunteers there.
• Treasurer Stewart Asplundh reported that the fiscal year ended with a surplus. Though there was a slight decline in overall contributions, expenses were down as well. A small surplus is also projected for the coming year. The Cathedral budget was at a break even for the year.