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Bishop elections & re-elections

robert schaeferElected: Robert G. Schaefer, 55, as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, effective Aug. 1.

When: May 4, on the sixth ballot with 319 votes. Jack R. Palzer, a pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Apollo Beach, Fla., received 170 votes.

Bio: Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice, Fla. Served as the synod's assistant to the bishop and as ELCA executive for worship. Served congregations in New York and Florida. Earned degrees from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Replaces: Edward R. Benoway, who is retiring.



kirby untiElected: Kirby Unti, 61, as bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod, effective Aug. 1.

When: May 18 on the fourth ballot with 230 votes. Jeff Russell, pastor of Central Lutheran Church, Everett, Wash., received 151 votes.

Bio: Pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Renton, Wash. Served as program pastor for Camp Lutherwood in Bellingham. Earned degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.

Replaces: Wm Chris Boerger, who has served since 2001 and was ineligible for re-election.



craig satterleeElected: Craig Satterlee, 53, as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: May 21 on the fifth ballot with 157 votes. Andreas Teich, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City, Mich., received 143 votes.

Bio: Professor of homiletics and associate director of the advanced studies program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Dean for the doctor of ministry in preaching program at the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. Served congregations in Chicago and Sturgis, Mich. Earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; and Notre Dame.

Replaces: John D. Schleicher, who is retiring.



R. Guy ErwinElected: R. Guy Erwin, 55, as bishop of the Southwest California Synod, effective Sept. 21.

When: May 31 on the sixth ballot with 210 votes. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, campus pastor of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, received 171 votes.

Bio: Interim pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Canoga Park, Calif., and the Gerhard and Olga Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at CLU. Served congregations in California. Was instructor for the Lutheran Studies Program and lecturer in church history and historical theology at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn. Earned degrees at Yale.

Replaces: Dean Nelson, who is retiring.



Richard HoymeElected: Richard Hoyme, 59, as bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, effective July 1.

When: June 2 on the fifth ballot with 239 votes. Amy Odgren, the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin's director for evangelical mission and assistant to the bishop, received 189 votes.

Bio: Pastor of Central Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls, Wis. Served congregations in Minnesota and Montana. Earned degrees from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.

Replaces: Duane Pederson, who has served since 2007 and took a call in Connecticut.



Re-elected

Michael W. Rinehart, 51, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, May 16, on the first ballot with 222 out of 242 votes.

David H. Brauer-Rieke, 57, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Oregon Synod, May 18, on the second ballot with 216 out of 286 votes.

H. Julian Gordy, 62, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Southeastern Synod, May 31, on the first ballot with 293 out of 321 votes.

Wayne N. Miller, 63, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, May 31, on the second ballot with 364 votes. Lawrence J. Clark, pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Chicago, received 64 votes.

Elizabeth Eaton, 58, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod, May 31, on the second ballot with 357 votes. Sherman Bishop, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Westlake, Ohio, received 21 votes.

Jessica R. Crist, 60, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Montana Synod, May 31, on the first ballot with 220 out of 247 votes.


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