Office of the Secretary

The Rev. Wm Chris Boerger was elected to serve a six-year term as ELCA secretary at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. Previously, Secretary Boerger served as bishop of the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod based in Seattle for two six-year terms beginning in 2001.

The Office of the Secretary provides administrative services and tools for the leaders of the ELCA who are serving this church in their congregations, synods, the churchwide organization and others who have been given responsibility for governance of the ELCA. The post is a staff position at the ELCA churchwide organization in Chicago.

The secretary is responsible for ELCA rosters, interpretation of governing documents such as this church’s constitution, the ELCA archives and handles other concerns for the 4 million-member church body. The Office of the Secretary offers a distinctive and meaningful way for members to engage in God’s mission in the world.

The Office of the Secretary receives annual congregation reports, which are used to update the parochial statistics of the ELCA.  To file an annual congregation report, please click here.