The Rev. Mark W. Holmerud was re-elected May 31 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was re-elected on the fourth ballot during the Synod Assembly May 30-June 1 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif.
Holmerud was elected with 283 votes to 63 votes for the Rev. Jeff R. Johnson, pastor of University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley and campus pastor at the University of California, both in Berkeley, Calif. A total of 267 votes were needed for an election.
Prior to becoming bishop in 2008, Holmerud served as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, Calif. He graduated from San Diego State University in San Diego in 1980, and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in 1984. Luther is one of eight ELCA seminaries. Holmerud was ordained in 1984.
Information about the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod is available at http://www.spselca.org/