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Bishop elections

Synod bishop elections

Elected: Kevin S. Kanouse,
47, as bishop of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, effective July 1.

When: April 30, on the fifth ballot, 201-174 over Wayne L. Menking, director of The Ministry Development Center of the Southwest, Arlington, Texas.

Bio: Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, Arlington, Texas. Graduate of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.; the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa.; and Brite Divinity School/Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. Also served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Penryn, Pa.

Replaces: Mark Herbener, who retires June 30.

Elected: Ray Tiemann, 47, as bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: May 20, on the fifth ballot, 228-205 over Stanley J. Meyer, an assistant to the synod bishop.

Bio: Pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg, Texas. Graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Seguin; Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa; and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Also served Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Cameron, Texas.

Replaces: James E. Bennett, who retires Aug. 31.


* Roy G. Almquist, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, May 6 on the fourth ballot, 201-71 over John A. Berntsen, Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pa.

* Allan Bjornborg, bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod, May 19, on the first ballot, with 316 votes. No one else received more than nine votes.

* Robert W. Mattheis, bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, May 20, on the third ballot, 329-103 over Donna R. Duensing, (on leave from call) of El Cerrito, Calif.

* Floyd M. Schoenhals, bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, April 29, on the first ballot with 107 of the 126 votes cast.


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