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Bishop election

Elected: Stephen G. Marsh, 54, as bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod, effective Aug. 1.

Stephen G. Marsh
Stephen G. Marsh
When: May 2 on the fifth ballot with 210 votes. Adolph A. “Skip” Wachsmann III, Genesis Lutheran Church, Detroit, received 148 votes.

Bio: Assistant to the bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod for African-American strategy and justice concerns. Served St. Peter Lutheran Church, Springfield Gardens (Queens), N.Y.; The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Chicago; and The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Brooklyn, N.Y. Graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary), Columbus, Ohio. Also attended Makumira Theological College in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1981.

Replaces: John H.K. Schreiber, who died Aug. 16, 2008. Kenneth R. Olsen serves as interim bishop.


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