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August 10, 2007

2007 Churchwide Assembly
Paul Schreck, David Swartling on final ballot for secretary


The names of Paul A. Schreck and David D. Swartling will be on the final ballot for secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On the fourth ballot 1,043 votes were cast, with Swartling receiving 528 and Schreck receiving 304.

The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority of the ELCA, is meeting in Chicago Aug. 6 to 11 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. About 2,000 people are participating, including 1,069 ELCA voting members.

Michael L. Cooper-White, president of Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), received 211 votes. Cooper-White had led on the first three ballots. To be elected on the fourth ballot requires 60 percent of the votes cast, so a fifth ballot containing the two names will be taken on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Schreck is an executive in the ELCA secretary's office. Swartling is a Seattle attorney who has served as parliamentarian for the churchwide assembly.

All three nominees spoke to the assembly prior to the fourth ballot.

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