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)

Eric Carswell (Co-Chair)
Reed Asplundh (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
David Deibert

(Changes yearly)
Braden Bostock (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 BA Church Board Activities:

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September 18, 2017 Meeting

• Eric Carswell went over the agenda for the upcoming semi-annual Society Meeting and discussed possible agenda items for an upcoming Board retreat.
• Diana Mergen gave an update about studying the Rocket Giving program. As a new initiative, quarterly donation statements will be sent out to donors. A committee is looking into possibilities for a new membership management software program.
• Stewart Asplundh circulated the actual 2016-2017 budget, showing a surplus of $218K in the General Fund. Angus Glenn was selected to be the Board’s representative to the NCIF Committee, pending approval from his employer.
• The school year is underway, and things are going well at BACS. There are several new staff members: Tony Griffin (8th grade boys’ teacher) and Nadine Martz (1st grade teacher), Kim Alden and Monica Gruber (Student Support Center teachers), and Saryluz Ramos and Andrea Cranch (teacher’s assistants).
Reported by Rachel Glenn, Board 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.