ELCA News Bloghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/Steven Ullestad re-elected bishop of ELCA Northeastern Iowa SynodELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/54http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/54<div class="ExternalClassF341BA83A1ED4C6E9B1E0EC2838BFCFB"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">The Rev. Steven L. Ullestad was re-elected June 15 to serve a fifth&#160;six</font><a name="_GoBack"></a><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) during the Synod Assembly June 13-15 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Ullestad was re-elected on the fourth ballot with 230 votes to the 41 votes received by the Rev. Elizabeth Olson, pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hudson Iowa, and 32 votes received by the Rev. Ramona Bouzard, chaplain at Wartburg College. Wartburg is one of 26 colleges and universities of the ELCA.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Before Ullestad became bishop in 1992, he served as assistant to the bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod from 1988 to1992 and as pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, from 1979 to1987. Ullestad graduated from Wartburg with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and he holds Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Information about the ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod is available at </font><a href="http&#58;//www.neiasynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0000ff" face="Times New Roman" size="3">www.neiasynod.org</font></span></a><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman">. </font></font></font>​</p></div>06/16/2014James Arends re-elected bishop of ELCA La Crosse Area SynodELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/53http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/53<div class="ExternalClassCFE5146D7DF04454BA2FBE9C5A7AA0BD"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The Rev. James A. Arends was re-elected June 14 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at the Synod Assemby June 13-14 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. Arends was re-elected on the first ballot with 220 votes of the 225 cast. His name was the only one on the ballot.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Prior to becoming bishop in 2008, Arends was a parish pastor for 30 years serving at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Community Lutheran Church in Geneva, Minn.; Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn.; and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent, Minn. Arends earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Augsburg is one of 26 colleges and universities of the ELCA; Luther Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3">Information about the ELCA La Crosse Area Synod is available at </font><a href="http&#58;//www.lacrosseareasynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0000ff" face="Times New Roman" size="3">www.lacrosseareasynod.org</font></span></a><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman">. </font></font></font>​</p></div>06/16/2014Louis Theodore Almén – pastor, professor, author – diesELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/52http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/52<div class="ExternalClass41FA942DA7194A7A973BD1074B43C73D"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">The Rev. Louis Theodore Alm<span style="">é</span>n, 88, a former president of Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., one of 26 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) colleges and universities, died June 3 surrounded by family at his home in Oviedo, Fla.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">Almén was a former executive director of the Board of College Education and Church Vocations and the Division for Professional Leadership of the former Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor church to the current ELCA.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">An author of several books, some of his more recent writings include “Vocation in a Post-Vocational Age,” “Now More than Ever,” “The Augustana Heritage Vis-à-vis the Role of the Church in Society” and “Augustana Heritage&#58; Resource for the Fuure.”</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">Almén earned a Bachelor Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., also an ELCA college. He graduated from the former Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Ill., and was ordained in 1950 in the Washington Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He later earned a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., and a doctorate from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">As a pastor, Almén served Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, N.J., and Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron, Ill.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">In 1976 he was named president of the ELCA’s Thiel College, retiring in 1990. Previously he had taught at the former Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., and Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., another of the ELCA’s colleges.</font></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ardis “Swanson,” their three children and five grandchildren.</font></font></font>​</p></div>06/09/2014Mark Holmerud re-elected bishop of ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/51http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/51<div class="ExternalClass6D51519C4ACE4808B7E0422D62EC279A">The Rev. Mark W. Holmerud was re-elected May 31 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was re-elected on the fourth ballot during the Synod Assembly May 30-June 1 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif.<br>Holmerud was elected with 283 votes to 63 votes for the Rev. Jeff R. Johnson, pastor of University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley and campus pastor at the University of California, both in Berkeley, Calif. A total of 267 votes were needed for an election.<br>Prior to becoming bishop in 2008, Holmerud served as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, Calif. He graduated from San Diego State University in San Diego in 1980, and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in 1984. Luther is one of eight ELCA seminaries. Holmerud was ordained in 1984.<br>Information about the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.spselca.org/">http&#58;//www.spselca.org/</a>.<br>&#160;<div>&#160;</div><p>​</p></div>06/02/2014Michael Burk re-elected bishop of ELCA Southeastern Iowa SynodELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/50http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/50<div class="ExternalClass55B3CD1CE19E4D818AF74A518A2B8CF8"><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height&#58;150%;margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;150%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">The Rev. Michael L. Burk was re-elected May 31 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was re-elected on the fourth ballot during the Synod Assembly May 30-June 1 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville, Iowa.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height&#58;150%;margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;150%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Burk was elected with 254 votes to 75 votes for the Rev. Virginia Anderson-Larson, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Olin, Iowa, and Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa. The Rev. Kathy Gerking, interim assistant to the bishop in the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., received 51 votes. A total of 380 votes were cast.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height&#58;150%;margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;150%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Prior to becoming bishop in 2008, Burk served as director for ELCA Worship. Burk graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He earned a doctorate in American studies from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Wartburg College is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities; Wartburg Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries. Burk was ordained in 1986.</font></span></p><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Information about the ELCA Southeastern Iowa Synod is available at </font><a href="http&#58;//seiasynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0000ff">http&#58;//seiasynod.org</font></span></a><font color="#000000">. </font></span>​</div>06/02/2014Mark Narum re-elected bishop of the ELCA Western North Dakota SynodELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/49http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/NewsBlog/49<div class="ExternalClassD6F1FD5DF1394F9CB15EF7505B736BEC"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">The Rev. Mark E. Narum was re-elected May 30 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) during the Synod Assembly May 30-31 at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Bismarck, N.D.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Narum was re-elected on the first ballot with 263 votes of the 294 votes cast (221 votes were needed for election). All other nominees received three or fewer votes.</font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Narum graduated from Minot State University in Minot, N.D., and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Wartburg is one of eight ELCA seminaries. Prior to becoming bishop of the synod in 2008, Narum had served as pastor of Prairie Lutheran Parish -- a four-point parish consisting of four ELCA congregations in North Dakota -- since his ordination in 1999.</font><a name="_GoBack"></a></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin&#58;0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Information about the ELCA Western North Dakota Synod is available at </font></span><a href="http&#58;//wndsynod.org/"><span style="line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, &quot;serif&quot;;font-size&#58;12pt;"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0000ff">http&#58;//wndsynod.org</font></span></span></a>.​</p></div>06/02/2014