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Wickstrom, Gonia elected as Alaska, Rocky Mountain synod bishops

Kanouse re-elected in Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana

Shelley Wickstrom
Shelley Wickstrom

Elected:
Shelley Wickstrom, 54, as bishop of the Alaska Synod, effective July 1.

When:
April 27 on the third ballot with 72 votes. Brian Crockett, pastor of Brevig Memorial (Brevig Mission) and Teller (Teller) Lutheran churches in Alaska, received 14 votes.

Bio:
Region 1 coordinator for missional leadership. Served Dillingham Trinity Lutheran Church, Dillingham, and Lord of Life, North Pole, both in Alaska; American, Billings, and Christ the King, Bozeman, both in Montana.

Replaces:
Don Maier, who served as interim after Michael Keys took a call at Bethel Lutheran Church, Portland, Ore., and as Oregon Synod director for evangelical mission.


 

James Gonia
James Gonia

Elected:
James Gonia, 52, as bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod, effective Aug. 1.

When:
April 28 on the fifth ballot with 263 votes. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Los Alamos, N.M., received 175 votes.

Bio:
Program director for West Africa, Tanzania and Madagascar with ELCA Global Mission. Served Atonement Lutheran Church, Denver. As a missionary to Madgascar, he was a regional evangelism co-director, teacher and director of Betela Seminary.

Replaces:
Allan Bjornberg, who is concluding 18 years as bishop.



Re-elected:
Kevin S. Kanouse, 58, to a third six-year term as bishop of the Northern Texas–Northern Louisiana Synod, April 27, on the first ballot with 190 votes. Phillip Heinze, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Richland Hills, Texas, received 9 votes.


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