6/7/2016 3:15:00 PM
CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. William J. Gohl Jr., Baltimore, was elected June 4 to a six-year term as bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 2-4 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md.
Gohl was elected on the fifth ballot with 227 votes to 225 votes for the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, current bishop of the synod. Herz-Lane, who was elected in 2010, served one term as bishop.
"I am grateful and humbled to be invited by the Delaware-Maryland Synod to bring my pastoral heart, shaped the last 17 years by my service with congregations of this synod, to this new work," said Gohl. "What a sense of possibility lays before us as we take up the glad work of sharing the good news together.
Gohl has served as a pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Baltimore since 2007. He served as evangelism coordinator for the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod from 2004 to 2010 and was pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Md., from 2000 to 2007.
The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Gohl earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, one of eight ELCA seminaries.
Information about the Delaware-Maryland Synod is available at demdsynod.org/.
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