Deborah Hutterer Reelected Bishop of the ELCA Grand Canyon Synod

6/18/2024 8:55:00 AM

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Deborah K. Hutterer was reelected June 14 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, June 13-15 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Ariz.

Hutterer was reelected on the first ballot, with 201 votes. The Rev. Peter S. Perry, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Glendale, Ariz., received 17 votes.

Hutterer was elected bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod in 2018. Previously she served as chief development officer (2017-1018) and as director of congregational relations and volunteers (2012-2017) with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest in Phoenix, Ariz.; as executive director of Faith in the City in Minneapolis (2008-2012); and as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pontiac, Ill. (2004-2008).

The bishop received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Augsburg University, Minneapolis, in 1999 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2004. Augsburg is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities, and Luther is one of seven ELCA seminaries.

Information about the Grand Canyon Synod is available at

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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 3 million members in more than 8,600 worshiping communities 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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