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Bishop elections & re-elections

Bishop Elections

James S. Dunlop

Elected: James S. Dunlop, 57, as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 8 on the fifth ballot with 393 votes. Richard E.T. Jorgensen Jr., director for evangelical mission and assistant to the synod bishop, received 157 votes.

Bio: Pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Littlestown, Pa., since 2005. Received degrees from Gettysburg [Pa.] College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Replaces: B. Penrose Hoover, who is retiring.



Rick Jaech

Elected: Rick Jaech, 63, as bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod, effective Sept. 14.

When: June 8 on the sixth ballot with 174 votes. Melanie Wallschlaeger, director for evangelical mission for the synod, received 108 votes.

Bio: Pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Wash. Served St. Mary and St. Martha Lutheran Church, San Francisco. Received degrees from Concordia Senior College (now Concordia Theological Seminary) in Fort Wayne, Ind., and from Christ Seminary–Seminex, St. Louis.

Replaces: Bishop Robert D. Hofstad, who is retiring.



Steven Delzer

Elected: Steven Delzer, 63, as bishop of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, effective Sept. 7.

When: June 8 on the fifth ballot with 310 votes. Vernon Christopherson, pastor of Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minn., received 171 votes.

Bio: Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fari-bault, Minn. Served ELCA congregations in Iowa and Minnesota, and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregations. Received degrees from Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn.; Concordia Senior College (now Concordia Theological Seminary), Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis.

Replaces: Harold Usgaard, who retired after two terms as bishop.



Robert Gustafson

Elected: Roger Gustafson, 66, as bishop of the Central States Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 8th on the fifth ballot with 183 votes. Gerald Mansholt, current synod bishop, received 180 votes.

Bio: Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Olathe, Kan. Received degrees from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif.



Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt
 

Elected: Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt, 54, as bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 8 on the fifth ballot with 226 votes. James Wilson, pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio, received 217 votes.

Bio: Assistant to the Southern Ohio Synod bishop. Served three congregations in Ohio. Received degrees from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

Replaces: Callon Holloway, who is retiring.



Tracie L. Bartholomew
 

Elected: Tracie L. Bartholomew, 50, as bishop of the New Jersey Synod, effective Aug. 1.

When: June 9 on the fifth ballot with 232 votes. Scott Schantzenbach, assistant to the synod bishop, received 204 votes.

Bio: Assistant to New Jersey Synod bishop. Served congregations in New Jersey and Virginia. Member of the Region 7 Campus Ministry Committee. Received degrees from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.

Replaces: Roy Riley, who is retiring after 24 years as bishop.


RE-ELECTED

Robert Driesen, 65, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod on the fifth ballot with 174 votes. Daniel May, pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Turbotville, Pa., received 80 votes.

Richard H. Graham, 62, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod, on the second ballot with 211 of 238 votes.

Ralph E. Jones, 58, to a third six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, on the second ballot with 115 out of 135 votes.

Felipe Lozada-Montañez, 63, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Caribbean Synod, on the first ballot with 71 out of 92 votes.

Kurt F. Kusserow, 49, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod on the first ballot with 283 out of 327 votes.

Lawrence Wohlrabe, 58, to a second six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, on the first ballot with 88 percent of the vote (75 percent was required to carry the election).

David B. Zellmer, 59, to a second six-year term on the fourth ballot with 322 votes. Andrea Degroot-Nesdahl, a synod minister with the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, received 77 votes.


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