Paul Stumme-Diers, 48, resigned as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, effective Sept. 30, to lead Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was re-elected as bishop in 2008. Stumme-Diers wrote to synod pastors: “There is always the love of the parish that tugs at us as we conduct our ministry. Over the past seven years this attraction to congregational ministry has always been present for me, and recently has become strong enough for me to pursue a parish call.” An election for a successor will be held in December.
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