Russell Halvorsen is a woodworker. He also happens to be the spouse of Pastor Beth Marie Halvorsen. A few years ago I approached him about making a Synod Crozier. He immediately said yes and begin looking for some good local wood from which to make a Gulf Coast Synod Crozier. Below are some pictures of the crosier under construction.
A crosier is simply a Shepherd staff/pastoral staff. It is a traditional symbol of the office of bishop.
The synod currently has two crosiers. The first one is a short Salvadoran crosier given to me by Bishop Medardo Gomez when I visited El Salvador 12 years ago (in 2011). Since a crosier is a symbol of the office of the bishop, it will remain with the Gulf Coast Synod when I am no longer bishop.
A second crosier is a gift from our own kind and gracious Mesa Latina. Seen in the photo below, it is a chrome and brass crosier.
Work on the new crosier began in April 2023:
More to come:
More amazing work by Russell Halvorsen Woodworks: