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BOP chief Kapanke to retire in September

After nearly a quarter-century at the helm, ELCA Board of Pensions President and CEO John G. Kapanke will retire when his term ends Sept. 30.

Kapanke, 66, was the first person appointed to the role after serving 14 years as senior vice president of investments for the Lutheran Church in America, an ELCA predecessor. He called the decision to retire difficult, but said he planned to explore nonprofit and community work.

"I have sought to provide strong leadership for the Board of Pensions so that we may fulfill our mission to enhance the well-being of those who serve the ELCA and carry out God's work," Kapanke said.

Lois O'Rourke, chair of the board of trustees for the Board of Pensions, called Kapanke's leadership "effective and thoughtful," saying it "significantly improved how the Board of Pensions is able to care for the pastors, rostered laypeople, lay employees of the ELCA and employees of other faith-based organizations."

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said Kapanke has helped the ELCA make "a strong commitment to healthy leaders."

Hanson added, "He has consistently worked to provide resources so those called to serve in leadership are encouraged and supported in being good stewards of their health."

Trustees have begun a search for a successor. Kapanke has indicated his willingness to serve in the transition time after his term ends.


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