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South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Assembly to Elect New Bishop – Ecclesiastical Ballot #1 Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA, SC (July 25, 2020) – Over 500 voting members of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are gathering online, July 25, 2020, for their annual Synod Assembly.

This year’s theme, Listen, God is Calling!, is based on Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

2020 is the Thirty-Third Assembly of the South Carolina Synod and the 195th meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina. The 2020 Assembly will include several items of business for our consideration, including the election of a Bishop using the Ecclesiastical Ballot and the presentation of Nominations for other various offices and committees. We also plan to share together in Worship, Bible Conversations, and a Keynote Presentation.

The Reverend Dr. Herman Yoos, who began his ministry as South Carolina Synod Bishop on August 1, 2008, is retiring. In the ELCA, Bishops serve six-year terms. According to the Synod’s Constitution, the

bishop will be elected by the Synod Assembly by ecclesiastical ballot.

Results of the First Ecclesiastical Ballot, in which each voting member was asked to submit the name of one person who is eligible to serve as synod bishop, are listed below.

Three-fourths of the legal votes cast were necessary for election on the first ballot. This ballot becomes our nominating ballot. A second ballot will be taken at Noon on Saturday, July 25, 2020. As needed, subsequent votes will be taken throughout the weekend assembly until a bishop elect is chosen. The new bishop will assume office on September 1, 2020. Installation of the new bishop will be held on September 19, 2020. Details are still being worked on as the pandemic continues.

2020 Synod Assembly Ecclesiastical Ballot #1 Results

Results of the First Ecclesiastical Ballot, in which each voting member was asked to write in the name of one person who is eligible to serve as synod bishop, are:

Names of entries on the Ballot
Virginia Aebischer94
Ralph Hill29
David Coffman21
Mary Finklea17
Jacqueline Utley17
Patti Sue Burton-Pye14
Shannon Mullen14
Wade Roof13
Christine Stoxen12
Mary Anderson10
Richard Carter10
Susan Crowell8
Timothy Bupp7
Eric Fink6
Michael Shackelford6
Paul Wollner5
Lisa Isenhower4
Wayne Kannaday4
Gary Loadholt4
Tony Metze4
Rhodes Woolly4
Lane Bembenek3
Paul Aebischer2
Brad Bellah2
Rachel Connelly2
Chris Heavner2
Jon Heiliger2
Robert Miles2
Maria Miller2
John Trump2
Michael Watson2
John Wertz2
Jason Antley1
Thulie Beresford1
Ron Brown1
Roy Butler1
Eric Childers1
Gary Christensen1
Emily Edenfield1
Michele Fischer1
Mark Fitzsimmons1
Joanna Gragg1
James Henricks1
Alan Kinsey1
Eric Little1
David Lose1
Ryan Lyles1
Gina Metze1
Patrick Riddle1
Will Rose1
Jason Schafer1
Jonathan Schnibben1
Michael Sherman1
John Stirewalt1
Matthew Titus1
Paul Summer1
Herman Yoos1
351

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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 3.6 million members in more than 9,200 worshipping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. 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.

About the South Carolina Synod:

The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has nearly 52,000 members worshipping in 150 congregations across the state of South Carolina. We Lutherans in South Carolina are part of a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace — and there’s room for all here. We seek to respond to God’s love by loving him and serving the people he has created not only in the state of South Carolina, but in many parts of the globe.

For information contact:

Neal F. Fischer

Director of Communications

803-509-8325 or 607-349-8072

neal@scsynod.com

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We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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