Of the 185 delegates at Synod 2014, only 13 were female. That works out to 7 percent of delegates, the lowest percentage since the role was opened to women in 2008. No pastor delegates this year were female.
Synod 2008 had a record 13 percent women, and Rev. Thea Leunk served as vice president. Women served as officers of synod from 2008 to 2012. No women served as officers in 2013 or 2014, and synod has never had a female president.
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