The only secretary the ELCA has known will not stand for re-election in 2007, while Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson announced his willingness to serve another term.
Hanson and Secretary Lowell G. Almen revealed their plans in reports to the ELCA Conference of Bishops meeting in October in Chicago.
Almen, 65, was first elected secretary in May 1987, seven months before the ELCA was formed. He has been re-elected three times.
“As of next June, I will have served for more than half of my ministry as a Lutheran pastor under call as secretary of this church,” Almen said. “By the grace of God I will complete this term with abiding gratitude for the privilege of serving throughout this historic era in the cause of greater Lutheran unity.” (See his full remarks.)
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