The Parish Ministry Associate (PMA) Program of the Nebraska Synod seeks to help identify the gifts God has given God’s people and help equip those people for the ministry of sharing the Good News among all people.

There are a variety of ways PMAs serve in partnership with ordained pastors:

  • As dedicated volunteers in their own congregation, often with a specific ministry focus.
  • By being available for pulpit supply in their area.
  • By serving on the staff of a church or synod-related ministry.
  • By being available for assignment by the bishop to serve a congregation as its pastoral leader or transitional minister.

Each PMA chooses how they will serve and may be invited to serve in ways not imagined.

To learn more about the PMA program, read the brochure below and contact the program staff or a member of the PMA Steering Committee.

Program Staff

Pastor Steve Meysing
Assistant to the Bishop/PMA Program Director

Pastor Carol Mapa
PMA Administrator
308-532-0250, then press 4

Please send PMA correspondence to:

PMA Administrator
Nebraska Synod, ELCA
P.O. Box 1462
North Platte, NE 69103-1462

Requests for renewal of sacramental authorization for assigned PMAs are sent to:

Documents and Forms (PDF format)

Introductory Materials





PMA Steering Committee

This committee provides guidance and support to the Synod’s Parish Ministry Associate program.

  • Pastor Steve Meysing, Assistant to the Bishop
  • Pastor Baron Cole, Franklin (2015-2018), phone: 308-425-9907
  • Ron Lau, PMA, Rising City (2014-2017), phone: 402-981-9655 (c), 402-315-9827 (h)
  • Maurine Roller, PMA, Alliance (2014-2017)
  • Kathy Salts, PMA, Broken Bow (2014-2017), phone: 308-872-5093
  • Karen Swift, PMA, Omaha (2013-2016), phone: 402-651-8630
  • Brenda Tophoj, PMA, Lewellen (2015-2018), phone: 308-778-6873
  • Pastor Dale Topp, Wisner (2013-2016), phone: 402-841-2179
  • Pastor Carol Mapa, PMA Administrator (ex officio)
  • Janet Anderson, PMA Student, Gretna (2015-2016)