Board of Directors

The International Lutheran Council’s Board of Directors for the new triennium. Left to right: Archbishop Joseph Ochola Omolo (Kenya); President Antonio del Rio Reyes (Philippines); Chairman George Samiec (United Kingdom); Bishop John Donkoh (Ghana); Past President Robert Bugbee (Canada); Bishop Juhana Pohjola (Finland); President Timothy Teuscher (Canada); Former ILC General Secretary Timothy Quill; President Alceu Alton Figur (Paraguay); and President Matthew Harrison (USA). Photo: LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford.

The International Lutheran Council is led by an elected Board of Directors composed of a Chairman and Secretary as well as one representative from each of its five World Areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America). The Board elects a Vice Chairman from among its own members. The Board may also appoint additional members as it deems necessary.

As of 2023, the Board of Directors is composed of:

  • Chairman Bishop Juhana Pohjola (Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland – ELMDF)
  • Secretary Bishop/President John Donkoh (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana – ELCG)
  • Africa Representative Archbishop Joseph Ochola Omolo (Evangelical Lutheran in Kenya – ELCK)
  • Asia Representative President Antonio Reyes (Lutheran Church in the Philippines – LCP)
  • Europe Representative Chairman George Samiec (Evangelical Lutheran Church of England – ELCE)
  • Latin America Representative President Alceu Alton Figur (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paraguay – IELP)
  • North America Representative Timothy Teuscher (Lutheran Church-Canada – LCC)
  • Appointed Member Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee (Lutheran Church-Canada – LCC)
  • Appointed Member President Matthew C. Harrison (The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod – LCMS)
  • General Secretary Rev. Dr. Detlev Schulz (non-voting, ex officio)


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