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Hanson elected: 'Call received'

Mark S. Hanson was elected the ELCA's third presiding bishop Aug. 11. But that isn't the way the 54-year-old bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod described it. "I don't regard this as an election won," he told the 1,039 voting members and hundreds of visitors who had just given him a prolonged standing ovation. "But a call received."

He received 533 votes, or 51.6 percent of the ballots cast. Bishop Donald McCoid, 58, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, received 499 votes, or 48.4 percent.


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