General Synod 2021


The 33rd United Church of Christ General Synod will host their first virtual experience July 11-18, 2021!

About General Synod 2021

Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old).

How will the United Church of Christ National Setting program a virtual General Synod with moving worship, interesting workshops, educational intensives, church business, youth programming and service projects? There are working groups for that.  

Presenting General Synod 33 as a totally online event for the first time demands a lot of creativity. The staff in Cleveland has a structure in place to convert the biennial gathering from an actual to virtual experience.

The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, associate general minister of Wider Church Ministries and Operations, is serving as Synod administrator, with Valerie Smith as assistant Synod administrator. They are convening monthly meetings with working group leaders, each overseeing a specific focus of GS33. Here’s the list of the areas of operation and those overseeing the groups: 

  • Youth and Young Adults at Synod  – The Rev. Trayce Potter 

  • Worship – The Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey 

  • Workshops – The Rev. Chris Davies 

  • Logistics – Valerie Smith 

  • Revenue – Jacqueline Owen 

  • Marketing and Promotion – Cindy Bailie 

  • Digital Strategies – Chris Gabriel 

“This group of UCC staff will be bringing to life the vision for a virtual General Synod that has been shaped by stakeholders in the UCC,” said Thompson. “Each working group is comprised of representatives from the settings of the UCC. Along with the staff to guide the work of each team, we are ensuring that a variety of voices are at the table, reflecting the diversity that is present in the UCC.”

The dates for the UCC’s first virtual General Synod are July 11-18, 2021. The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love, Special Edition.” Daily sessions will run from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  Pre-Synod events will occur July 7-10. 

General Synod Delegates from the Missouri Mid-South Conference!

  • Andrea Asselmeier, Emmaus Homes

  • Eddy DeLong, St. Peters

  • Tim Fairley, Immanuel

  • John Gandy, Glory to Glory

  • Ron Hill, Pilgrim UCC

  • Jeanne Kruger, St. John's Chapel

  • Tammy Linningham, Peace UCC

  • Ellen Martin, First Congregational

  • Geneva McAuley, Peace Christian Church KC

  • Joe Rowley, Emmanuel

  • Cayden Stephens, Southwood

  • Allison Summers, Grace UCC

  • Christi Tennyson, Pilgrim

  • Rob Van Ess, Holy Trinity

  • Nate Fulk, Shannondale UCC

  • Betsy Happel, Kirkwood UCC

  • Les Kemp, St. John's UCC Casco

  • Hannah Rice, First Congregational STL

  • Jimmy Watson, Immanuel UCC