Rev. Dean Brown began in September 2019 as an Assistant to the Bishop.
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Assistant to the Bishop
Rev. Maristela Freiberg
Rev. Maristela Freiberg has served as Director for Evangelical Mission since October 2013. She works with mission and redevelopment congregations, as well as help congregations discover how God is working through them.
Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop
Rev. Kimberly Vaughn
Rev. Vaughn helps congregations connect their understanding of Christian discipleship and witness with God’s love for all people, so that they can find ways to include, reflect and celebrate the diversity of their surrounding communities.
Rev. Sara Lilja has served as director since 2011. LEAMNJ partners with coalition partners around the state of New Jersey to advocate on issues related to hunger, housing, economic empowerment, immigration and community violence. In addition, Rev. Lilja can help congregations learn more about using their voice in the public square.
Lutherans Engaging in Advocacy Ministry, New Jersey, Director
LuAnn Barnes has served on the Synod Staff since January 2002, and is available if one needs to reach Bishop Tracie Bartholomew or for any Synod Council or Fund for Mission-related information and questions.
Dawn provides administrative support to the Assistants to the Bishop, the Director for Evangelical Mission, and the Director for LEAMNJ. She is also editor of our weekly newsletter and website. Dawn has been with the synod staff since 1997.