Office of the Presiding Bishop
Mark S. Hanson has served as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2001. He was elected to a second six-year term in 2007. From 2003 until 2010, he was president of The Lutheran World Federation
. He has traveled widely throughout the world, sharing a confident hope in God's promises and a vision of the joyful freedom in Christian community and mission. Meet Bishop Mark S. Hanson. >>
In addition to fulfilling such roles as preacher, teacher and administrator of the sacraments, which traditionally belong to the office of bishop, the presiding bishop of this church serves as president and chief executive officer of the corporation and oversees the staff, budget and overall administration of the church.
The presiding bishop chairs the biennial Churchwide Assembly
and provides for the preparation of agendas for the assembly, the Church Council
and its executive committee, the Conference of Bishops, and the Cabinet of Executives. The presiding bishop is also the chief ecumenical officer of this church and provides leadership and care for the bishops of the synods.