ELCA News

  • Craig Satterlee re-elected bishop of the ELCA North/West Lower Michigan Synod

    May 21, 2019

    ​CHICAGO – The Rev. Craig Alan Satterlee was elected May 18 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held May 16-18 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Satterlee was re-elected on the fifth ballot, with 152 votes. The Rev. Bill Uetricht, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Muskegon, Mich., received 113. Prior to becoming bishop in 2013, Satterlee served as the Carlson Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, one of seven ELCA seminaries. Satterlee[…]

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  • Michael Rinehart re-elected bishop of the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod

    May 17, 2019

    ​CHICAGO  – The Rev. Michael W. Rinehart was elected May 17 to serve a third six-year term as bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held May 17-18 at Kinsmen Lutheran Church in Houston. Rinehart was elected on the first ballot, with 145 votes. A total of 135 votes were needed for election. He was first elected in 2007.  Prior to becoming bishop, Rinehart served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas, from 1997-2007; Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C., from 1994-1997;[…]

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  • Laurie Larson Caesar elected bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod

    May 16, 2019

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Laurie A. Larson Caesar, Portland, was elected May 11 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 10-12 at the Graduate Hotel in Eugene. Larson Caesar was elected on the fifth ballot, with 164 votes. The Rev. David Brauer-Rieke, bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod since 2007, received 118. The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Beaverton since 1996. Larson Caesar received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University,[…]

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  • Lorna Halaas elected bishop of the ELCA Western Iowa Synod

    May 9, 2019

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Lorna H. Halaas, Sioux City, Iowa, was elected May 4 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 3-5 at Sioux City Convention Center.Halaas was elected on the fifth ballot with 146 votes. The Rev. William Tesch, associate to the bishop and director of evangelical mission in the ELCA South Dakota Synod, received 112. The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the bishop of the Western Iowa Synod since 2013. She served as interim[…]

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