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
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)CONTRIBUTIONS/DEVELOPMENT:
(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)
(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 LemoleCOMPENSATION:
(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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April 17, 2017 Meeting

• • Eric Carswell went over the agenda for the upcoming Society Meeting and announced that Erik Buss and Rachel Glenn have agreed to be co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee.
• The proposed budget for the FY 2017-18 was circulated and approved by the Board. The Cathedral budget will be presented at the next board meeting in May.
• Stewart Asplundh is working with John Odhner and Diana Mergen to test three possible membership management software programs.
• BACS 1st-8th grade walked to the Cathedral for a special Easter service on the Thursday afternoon prior to the holiday. They are hoping to make this an annual tradition.
• Planning for the next school year is underway. Tony Griffin has been hired to be the new 8th Grade Boys teacher. They are continuing to accept applications for a 1st Grade teacher and for openings in the Student Support Center.
• The Board discussed whether having contested elections for Board members is more valuable or harmful with differing viewpoints being expressed. It was noted that one way to increase people’s knowledge of what the Board does is to encourage more non-board participation on the various committees.

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