6/1/2016 10:05:00 AM
CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Daniel G. Beaudoin, Stony Ridge, Ohio, was elected May 21 to a six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 19-21 at the Bowen Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Beaudoin was elected on the fourth ballot with 273 votes to 108 votes for the Rev. Anita Marshall, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Norwalk, Ohio.
"Upon my call through the people of God to serve as the bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod, I was deeply moved by the great outpouring of love and the promise of sustaining prayer from the gathered assembly," said Beaudoin. "I look forward to serving God through the ELCA and the Northwestern Ohio Synod."
Beaudoin has served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Ohio, since 2004. He was pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Edon, Ohio, from 1996 to 2004.
The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in medieval history from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Trinity is one of eight ELCA seminaries.
The Rev. Dr. Marcus Lohrmann, current bishop of the ELCA Northwestern Ohio Synod, has served three six-year terms and will retire this summer.
Beaudoin will be installed as bishop Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Bowling Green.
Information about the Northwestern Ohio Synod is available at nwos-elca.church.
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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 more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 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.