Evangelical Lutherans elect new bishops in Minnesota, California

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected two new bishops: one in the St. Paul Area Synod and the other in the California-based Sierra Pacific Synod.

The Rev. Peter Rogness was elected to the Minnesota post on April 21. The Rev. David G. Mullen was elected to lead the Sierra Pacific Synod during an assembly last week.

Both men will be installed in June.

Rogness has been bishop of the Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA since 1988, grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Luther Seminary. The St. Paul synod encompasses 120 congregations with 164,500 members.

He succeeds the Rev. Mark Hanson, who was elected presiding bishop of the church at its national assembly last summer.

Mullen, 59, is pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rio Linda, Calif., where he has served since 1994. A native of Bloomer, Wis., he also graduated from Luther Seminary.

The Sierra Pacific Synod, based in Oakland, Calif., covers 214 congregations with 74,301 members.

Mullen will succeed the Rev. Robert W. Mattheis, who was treated for cancer and resigned effective May 31.



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