Gerald Mansholt elected bishop of ELCA East–Central Synod of Wisconsin

5/19/2014 5:15:00 PM

     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Gerald L. Mansholt, Appleton, Wis., was elected May 17 to a six-year term as bishop of the East–Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) during the Synod Assembly May 16-17 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wis. 
     Mansholt was elected on the fifth and final ballot with 223 votes to 130 votes for the Rev. Richard J. Bruesehoff, outreach coordinator at Portico Benefits Services, a ministry of the ELCA. 
     Since January, Mansholt has served as interim bishop of the ELCA East–Central Synod of Wisconsin.  Prior to that, he served two terms as bishop of the ELCA Central States Synod from 2001 to 2013. Mansholt was pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan., from 1995 to 2001; Lutheran Church of the Living Christ in Florissant, Mo., from 1985 to 1991; and Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chickasha, Okla., from 1975 to 1981. Mansholt also served at First Lutheran Church, a congregation of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Chickasha, Okla., from 1974 to 1975.
     Mansholt earned a bachelor's degree at Concordia Senior College (now Concordia Theological Seminary) in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1970 and a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, in 1974. In 1989 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, one of eight ELCA seminaries.     
     Information about the ELCA East–Central Synod of Wisconsin is available at
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