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05/16/2017

ELCA Bishops in Arkansas-Oklahoma and Southeast Michigan Synods re-elected

It's assembly season across the ELCA. In April and May there were two bishops re-elected in their respective synods. The Southern Ohio Synod will hold it's next assembly in 2018.


 

The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Detroit, was re-elected May 5 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 4-6 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron, Mich.

Kreiss was re-elected on the first ballot with 190 votes. A total of 166 votes were needed for election.

Kreiss has served as bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod in Detroit since 2011. He served as pastor of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills from 1999 to 2011. 

The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1992. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of eight ELCA seminaries.

Information about the Southeast Michigan Synod is available at semisynod.com.


 

The Rev. Michael K. Girlinghouse, Tulsa, Okla., was re-elected May 5 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-7 at The Lutheran Ministry Center in Tulsa.

Girlinghouse was re-elected on the first ballot with 81 votes. A total of 68 votes were needed for election.

Girlinghouse has served as bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod in Tulsa since 2011. Prior to being elected bishop, he served as pastor of University Lutheran Church and Student Center in Norman, Okla., from 2005 to 2011. 

The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1987. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of eight ELCA seminaries.

Information about the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod is available at aokelca.org/home.