The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


June 10, 2009

Pile re-elected bishop of Allegheny Synod

Gregory R. Pile was elected June 5 to a fourth term as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Allegheny Synod during the synod assembly June 4-6 in Altoona, Pa. Pile was re-elected on the first ballot, receiving 217 votes of 258 cast. Eighteen nominees were on the first ballot.

Pile, 60, was born in Somerset, Pa. In 1971 he earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg [Pa.] College. In 1975 Pile earned a master of divinity degree at the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG). Pile served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in New Centerville and Davidsville, both in Pennsylvania, before he was elected bishop.

Pile and his wife Barbara are parents of three adult children. They reside in Davidsville, Pa. The Allegheny Synod has 40,514 baptized members in 127 congregations across seven counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The synod office is in Altoona, Pa.

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