D. Jensen Seyenkulo, ELCA program director for disability ministries and support of rostered leaders in Congregational and Synodical Mission, was elected bishop of the 75,000-member Lutheran Church in Liberia April 28.
He won 59.62 percent of the vote on the first ballot. He will be installed this summer.
Seyenkulo, a pastor of the Liberian church, co-founded the Kuwaa Mission, a venture of ELCA and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregations and the Lutheran Church in Liberia to provide wells for the Kuwaa area.
"I think the Lutheran Church in Liberia has a lot of potential," said Seyenkulo during the church's convention. "Our future is bright because of the wealth of young people we have who are so strongly committed to the ministry. ... We have a lot to offer for the building of our own faith and the faith of those who yet do not know our Lord Jesus Christ. There is joy in Christ."
Seyenkulo has worked at the ELCA churchwide offices since 2005. He currently serves on the candidacy committee of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and on the board of Currents, a theological journal published by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in cooperation with Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.
His past calls include St. Mark Lutheran Church, Chicago; Bong [Liberia] Mine Parish; Gbarnga [Liberia] Parish; and instructor at the Gbarnga School of Theology in Monrovia, Liberia.
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