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  • Michael Lozano elected bishop of the ELCA Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod

    Jun 19, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Michael L. Lozano, Sharon, Pa., was elected June 15 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 13-15 at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.Lozano was elected on the fifth ballot, with 71 votes. The Rev. William Coleman, pastor of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Erie, Pa., received 61.The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon, Pa., since 2014. He was pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Gainesville, Fla., from 2005[…]

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  • Leila Ortiz elected bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod

    Jun 18, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz, Washington, D.C., was elected June 15 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 14-15 at the College Park (Md.) Marriot and Conference Center.Ortiz was elected on the fifth ballot, with 150 votes. The Rev. Jeanette D. Leisk, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va., received 121 votes.The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the synod bishop for mobility and candidacy since 2016. She served as associate pastor[…]

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  • Kurt Kusserow re-elected bishop of the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

    Jun 17, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow was elected June 13 to serve a third six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 13-15 at California University of Pennsylvania in California, Pa. Kusserow was elected on the second ballot, with 232 votes. A total of 219 votes were needed for election. Prior to becoming bishop in 2007, Kusserow served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latrobe, Pa., from 1997 to 2007, and as pastor of the Westmoreland Unit of[…]

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  • Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt re-elected bishop of the ELCA Southern Ohio Synod

    Jun 13, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 7-8 at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Dillahunt was elected on the first ballot, with 252 votes. A total of 215 votes were needed for election. Prior to becoming bishop, Dillahunt served as assistant to the synod bishop from 1996 to 2013. She served as co-pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Eaton, Ohio, from 1994 to 1996, as[…]

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  • Richard Jaech re-elected bishop of the ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod

    Jun 12, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Richard E. Jaech was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 7-8 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Wash.Jaech was elected on the first ballot, with 170 votes. A total of 161 votes were needed for election. Prior to becoming bishop, Jaech served as pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash., from 1987 to 2013. He served as pastor of St. Mary and St. Martha Lutheran Church[…]

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