ELCA NEWS SERVICE
June 5, 2012
Brian Maas elected bishop of ELCA Nebraska Synod
CHICAGO (ELCA) - The Rev. Brian D. Maas was elected June 2 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was elected on the fourth ballot with 432 of the 702 votes at the synod's assembly June 1-2 in Omaha.
Maas is pastor of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. He succeeds the Rev. David L. deFreese, who was first elected bishop of the synod in 2000 and re-elected in 2006.
Born in Pierce, Neb., Maas earned a bachelor's degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln; a Master of Divinity Degree at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and a Certificate of Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, an ELCA seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. Following his ordination in 1992, he was pastor of ELCA congregations in Tekamah, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo.
Maas will be installed as synod bishop Sept. 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Neb.
Information about the ELCA Nebraska Synod is available at http://www.nebraskasynod.org.
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 4.2 million members in 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
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