Speakers and Leaders

The ELCA will host its first Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta at the Sheraton Downtown Aug. 7-10. 

Below you will find a listing for our Keynote speakers and their biographies; in addition to, our Bible Study leaders for this event. Be sure to visit this page often for updates and add ons.

Keynote speakers

Presiding Bishop
Elizabeth Eaton
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster. Ordained in 1981, Eaton served three different congregations in Ohio as assistant pastor, interim pastor and pastor before being elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.
The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., is National Minister of the Drum Major Institute, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church, The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, and President of the Healing of the Nations Ministries (all of these institutions of New York City).

Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015).


Bible study leaders include:

Rev. Troftgruben

Rev. Dr. Troy M. Troftgruben

Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Seminary
Rev. Alanis

Rev. Dr. Javier (Jay) Alanis

Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS; Austin, TX): Executive Director & Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission. Slides from the 8/9/2017 Bible study.
Rev. Hannan

Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan

Associate Professor of Preaching at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary


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Questions? Comments?

Contact us. 2017MinistersGathering@elca.org. 800-638-3522