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Bishop elections

Elected: Marie Jerge, 49, as bishop of the Upstate New York Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 4, on the sixth ballot, 376-171 over Nelson Gaetz, pastor, Atonement Lutheran Church, Syracuse, N.Y.

Bio: Assistant to the Upstate New York Synod bishop, since 1988. Graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia. Served two New York congregations.

Replaces: Lee Miller, who retires Aug. 31.



Elected: Wilma S. Kucharek, 47, as bishop of the Slovak Zion Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 22, fifth ballot, 33-29 over D. Gary Schreckengost, pastor, St. John Lutheran Church, Youngstown, Ohio.

Bio: Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Torrington, Conn. Graduate of Valparaiso [Ind.] University and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.). Served three congregations in Pennsylvania.

Replaces: Juan Cobrda, who retires Aug. 31.



Elected: Paul W. Stumme-Diers, 41, as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, effective Sept. 1.

When: June 1, on the fifth ballot, 252-209 over Gregg Van Dunk, pastor, All Peoples Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.

Bio:Pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Wales, Wis. Graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., and Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Served Resurrection, New Berlin, Wis., from 1989 to 1998.

Replaces: Peter Rogness, who was elected bishop of the St. Paul Area Synod April 21.



Re-elected:

Stephen Bouman, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod, May 31, on the first ballot with 377 votes.

Duane Danielsen, bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, June 7-8, on the fifth ballot, 193-116, over Charles Axness, pastor, First Lutheran Church, Mandan, N.D.

David Donges, bishop of the South Carolina Synod, May 31-June 2, on the fourth ballot, 264-109, over James Addy, president of Conference and Retreat Centers Inc., Leesville, S.C.

Callon Holloway, bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, June 1, on the fifth ballot, 255-217, over Jim Wilson, pastor, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio.

Philip Hougen, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, June 14-16, on the first ballot with 346 of 382 votes.

David Strobel, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, May 31, on the second ballot with 527 votes.

Steven L. Ullestad, bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, June 7-9, on the first ballot with 272 of 356 votes.

April Ulring-Larson, bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod, June 7-8, on the third ballot, 158-46, over Gary Daines, pastor, Our Savior and Skogdalen Lutheran churches, Westby, Wis.


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