5/21/2019 3:50:00 PM
CHICAGO – The Rev. Paul T. Egensteiner, Brooklyn, New York, was elected May 17 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 16-18 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Egensteiner was elected on the fifth ballot, with 250 votes. The Rev. Christopher Mietlowski, pastor of Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in New York, received 198.
The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, N.Y., since 1997. He served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Staten Island, N.Y., from 1984 to 1997.
Egensteiner received a Bachelor of Arts from Wagner College in Staten Island in 1979 and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1984. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of seven ELCA seminaries.
Egensteiner will be installed Nov. 16 at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York.
The Rev. Donald J. McCoid has served as interim bishop since 2018.
Information about the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod is available at www.mnys.org/.
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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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 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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