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Bishops elected

Elected: James F. Mauney, 46, as bishop of the Virginia Synod, effective Sept. 1
When: June 6, on the fifth ballot, 282-167 over Dwayne J. Westermann, pastor of College Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem, Va.
Bio: Assistant to the Virginia Synod bishop. Served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, San Diego, and Christ Lutheran Church, Richmond, Va. Graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., and Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
Replaces: Richard F. Bansemer, who retires Sept. 1.

Elected: Martin D. Wells, 50, as bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, effective Oct. 1.
When: June 5, on the fourth ballot, 234-102 over Mark J. Nelson, assistant to the bishop.
Bio: Served as pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Bellingham, Wash.; campus pastor of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.; and director of Holden Village, Lake Chelan, Wash. Graduate of the University of Denver; the University of Puget Sound Law School, Tacoma; and Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.
Replaces: Robert M. Keller, who retires Oct. 1.


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