ELCA NEWS SERVICE
April 28, 2012
Shelley Wickstrom elected bishop of ELCA Alaska Synod
CHICAGO (ELCA) - The Rev. Shelley R. Wickstrom, Seattle, was elected April 27 to a six-year term as bishop of the Alaska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Wickstrom was elected on the third ballot during the synod's assembly April 26-28 at Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska.
Since 2007, Wickstrom has been coordinator for missional leadership in the ELCA's Region 1 office based in Seattle.
Of the 67 votes needed for election, Wickstrom received 72 votes. The Rev. Brian M. Crockett of Brevig Memorial Lutheran Church in Brevig Mission, Alaska, and Teller Lutheran Church in Teller, Alaska, was runner-up with 14 votes. On the second ballot, Wickstrom received 67 votes to 11 for Crocket. There were 18 names on the first or nominating ballot.
Wickstrom was pastor-developer of Dillingham Trinity Lutheran in Dillingham, Alaska, from 1987-1994. She was pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran in North Pole, Alaska; American Lutheran Church in Billings, Mont.; and Christ the King Lutheran in Bozeman, Mont. She served as camp staff at Lutherhaven in Coeur-d'Alene, Idaho, from 1976 to 1980.
In 1981, Wickstrom earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and in 1986 earned a Master of Divinity degree at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. California Lutheran is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities; Wartburg is one of eight ELCA seminaries.
Prior to the election, the Rev. Don Maier had served as interim bishop for the Alaska Synod since August 2011. Earlier that year, the Rev. Michael F. Keys announced that he would not seek re-election as bishop and accepted a call to Bethel Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore., and he became director for evangelical mission for the synod.
Information about the ELCA Alaska Synod is available at http://www.ELCAalaska.org.
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