The Executive Committee oversees the proper functioning of the LWF between Council meetings. The Executive Committee shall normally meet semi annually, with one meeting in conjunction with the Council meeting.

The Executive Committee shall be accountable to the Council and shall:

  • Provide oversight of the Communion Office based on reports from the General Secretary;
  • Provide oversight of the budget and resource management;
  • Ensure that operations are in line with the Council decisions and the LWF Strategy;
  • Conduct performance reviews of the General Secretary;
  • Be the appointing authority for department directors;
  • Serve as the LWF Personnel Committee and Board of Trustees;
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Council.



The Executive Committee is made up of the

  • President
  • Vice-Presidents
  • Chairperson of the Finance Committee
  • Chairperson of the Committee for World Service
  • Chairpersons of the specified Committees

At least 40% of the members of the Executive Committee shall be women and at least 40% shall be men. Regional representation shall be considered in their selection. In addition, it may elect up to two members for the purpose of ensuring gender and generational representation.

Members of the Executive Committee 

  • MUSA, Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (NIGERIA)
  • Africa: ADA EPSE MAINA, Rev. Dr Jeannette, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (CAMEROON)
  • Asia: SUMBAYAK, Ms Desri Maria, The Indonesian Christian Church (INDONESIA)
  • Central Eastern Europe: VIILMA, Archbishop Urmas, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ESTONIA)
  • Central Western Europe: KLEIST, Pröpstin Astrid, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (GERMANY)
  • Nordic Countries: JACKELÉN, Archbishop Dr Antje, Church of Sweden (SWEDEN)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: FRIEDRICH, Rev. Dr Nestor Paulo, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (BRAZIL)
  • North America: EATON, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)
Committee Chairpersons
  • Finance Committee: MIRGELER, Oberkirchenrat Olaf Johannes, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany (GERMANY)
  • Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice: ADA EPSE MAINA, Rev. Dr Jeannette, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (CAMEROON)
  • Committee for Communications, co-chairs: TKACH, Ms Vera, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States (RUSSIAN FEDERATION), and VALERIANO, Mr Johanan Celine, Lutheran Church in the Philippines (THE PHILIPPINES)
  • Committee for Communion Relations: STEILMANN FRANCO, Rev. Karla M., Evangelical Church of the River Plate (PARAGUAY)
  • Committee for Ecumenical Relations: STEINKE, Rev. Dr Robin, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (USA)
  • Committee for Theology, Mission and Justice: DIBISA, Rev. Yonas Yigezu, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (ETHIOPIA)
  • Committee for World Service: STUBKJÆR, Bishop Henrik, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark (DENMARK)
  • Standing Committee for Constitution and Membership: BORGOARY, Ms Ranjita Christi, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (INDIA)