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.

2017-2018 – Board of Trustees

Rev. Eric H. Carswell, President
Rev. Erik J. Buss, Vice-President
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer
Sean Connelly
Reed Asplundh
Braden Bostock
David Fuller
Hayley Gunther
Angus Glenn
Reuben Mergen
Scott Nash
Elizabeth Rogers
David Diebert
Rachel Glenn – Secretary


Board Committees 2016-2017

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Standing Committees:
Eric Carswell
Erik Buss
Stewart Asplundh, Treasurer
Rachel Glenn, Secretary
Sean Connelly (Chair)
Duane Hyatt
Stewart Asplundh (ex officio, Treasurer)
Eric Carswell (ex officio)
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal)SCHOOL:
Eric Carswell (Co-Chair)
Reed Asplundh (Co-Chair)
*Greg Henderson (ex officio, Principal) (Guest)STRATEGIC PLANNING:
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
David DeibertNOMINATING:
(Changes yearly)
Bruce Fuller (Chair)

(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

Reed Asplundh

Reed Asplundh

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

Report of the Bryn Athyn Church Annual Meeting

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April 26, 2017 Meeting

• Minutes of the Semi-Annual Meeting held on September 28, 2016 were approved.
• There was an election for open positions on the Board. Reuben Mergen was elected along with incumbents David Deibert, Angus Glenn and Scott Nash.
• Rev. Eric Carswell raised the idea of holding a General Church Assembly in Bryn Athyn in 2020. Comments from the floor were positive.
• Thanks were given to Bryn Athyn Church School employees for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service.
• Preschool Director Joanne Kiel gave a brief report about the preschool, and Principal Greg Henderson discussed the valuable impact it has had on the elementary school enrollment.
• Rev. Eric Carswell reported that the Board recently passed a motion to include the preschool in the Bryn Athyn Church’s annual operating budget given the program’s value and the unrealistic nature of the expectation for it to break even. This announcement was greeted with applause from the floor.
• Principal Greg Henderson reported on the year so far at BACS. The faculty has participated in a variety of professional development workshops and activities. Enrollment this year was up 7%, with 20 new students and six new teachers.
• Treasurer Stewart Asplundh reported that contributions to the Annual Fund for this fiscal year are short by $244k. We need to meet our goal by June 30. He showed the FY2017-18 budget and highlighted the projected surplus of $42k. The Cathedral is still working on their budget
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.
Submitted by Rachel Glenn, Board Secretary

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.