9/30/2020 2:20:00 PM
CHICAGO — The Rev. Anne Edison-Albright, Decorah, Iowa, was elected Sept. 26 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.
Edison-Albright was elected on the fifth ballot, with 151 votes. The Rev. Jim Honig, pastor of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, Wis., received 133 votes.
The bishop-elect has served as director of College Ministries and as college pastor at Luther College in Decorah since 2016. Luther is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Edison-Albright served as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, Wis., from 2010 to 2016. She has also served as a hospital chaplain, a pastoral intern at the international congregation in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a summer missionary/English teacher in Chuzhou, China. Prior to rostered ministry, Edison-Albright was a high school English and English as a second language teacher.
Edison-Albright received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., in 2003 and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., in 2008.
Edison-Albright's installation is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2021.
The Rev. Gerald Mansholt has served as bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin since 2014.
Information about the East Central Synod of Wisconsin is available at https://ecsw.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 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 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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