The Office of the Secretary provides administrative services and tools for ELCA leaders who are serving this church in their congregations, synods and the churchwide organization, especially those given responsibility for governance of the ELCA.
The secretary interprets the constitutions and other governing documents of this church and is responsible for maintaining its rosters, the ELCA archives, and the minutes and records of certain meetings. The Office of the Secretary receives the annual report of the congregations, provides travel and physical arrangements for meetings of the churchwide organization, develops an annual ELCA Yearbook, staffs the nominating processes of this church and coordinates the use of legal counsel.
The Rev. Wm Chris Boerger was elected to serve a six-year term as ELCA secretary by the 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. Previously, Secretary Boerger served as bishop of the ELCA's Northwest Washington Synod based in Seattle for two six-year terms beginning in 2001.