News Releases

ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministries of the ELCA

Felix Malpica elected bishop of ELCA La Crosse Area Synod

06/17/2021

​The Rev. Felix J. Malpica, Janesville, Wis., was elected June 13 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Kevin Jones elected bishop of ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod

06/16/2021

​The Rev. Kevin T. Jones, Mason City, Iowa, was elected June 12 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

World Refugee Day

06/15/2021

In a joint statement addressing World Refugee Day, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service (LIRS) share their commitment to empowering those driven from their homes by conflict, persecution, poverty, and climate change, continuing to honor the Lutheran legacy of generous and compassionate welcome for those who seek refuge in our communities.

Paula Schmitt elected bishop of ELCA Allegheny Synod

06/14/2021

​The Rev. Paula J. Schmitt, Latrobe, Pa., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Timothy Smith reelected bishop of the ELCA North Carolina Synod

06/14/2021

​The Rev. Timothy M. Smith was reelected June 3 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Lee Miller II elected bishop of ELCA Upstate New York Synod

06/11/2021

​The Rev. Lee M. Miller II, Buffalo, N.Y., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.