About Deacon Sue E. Rothmeyer

Deacon Sue E. Rothmeyer Deacon Sue E. Rothmeyer was elected Aug. 9, 2019, to a six-year term as secretary of the ELCA by the Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee.

Secretary Rothmeyer began her ministry as a lay campus minister with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Iowa State University in 1984. With her passion for campus ministry, Secretary Rothmeyer continued her work at the churchwide organization in 1995. Before transitioning to the Office of the Secretary in her role as assistant to the secretary and executive for Office of the Secretary administration in 2012, Secretary Rothmeyer served in various positions in youth, young adult and campus ministry. She is the first deacon and first woman to serve as secretary of the ELCA.

Secretary Rothmeyer earned a Master of Arts in communication arts and rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and speech communication from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1981.

Secretary Rothmeyer serves as the ELCA representative to 1517 Media, Portico Benefit Services and Luther College Board of Regents; is a board member of Concordia Place in Chicago; and is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.