Pastor Patricia A. Davenport was elected the next Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, May 5, at Franconia Mennonite Church.
Pastor Davenport is the first African-descent woman to be elected a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She was elected on the fourth ballot with 377 votes. The Rev. Julie DeWerth received 89 votes and the Rev. Carlton Rodgers, 58.
Video greeting from the bishop-elect:
Video of the election announcement and remarks by the bishop-elect:
Pastors Patricia A. Davenport, Julie K. DeWerth, and Carlton E. Rodgers will be on the fourth ballot for bishop at the 2018 Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly May 5 at Franconia Mennonite Church.
These three nominees will address the Assembly after lunch.
In a powerful sermon at the 2018 SEPA Synod Assembly opening worship, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Secretary Wm. Chris Boerger urged Lutherans to engage their communities and make change for the sake of the gospel.
The following individuals were on the Second Ballot conducted this afternoon. Results of the ballot will be announced this evening around 8:15 pm (times are approximate).
Patricia A. Davenport
Karl M. Richard
Serena S. Sellers
William A. Vanderslice
Arlene K. Greenwald
Paul E. Lutz
David A. Genszler
Asha M. George-Guiser
Robert H. Linders
Robert E. Mitman
Brett Wilson Davis
The Assembly elects a pastor, and the Church raises a bishop, and outgoing Bishop Claire S. Burkat thanked the synod staff and leadership, fellow members of the Conference of Bishops, and a matrix of ecumenical, inter-faith and international friends and partners for their support, mentoring and prayer during her 12 years in office.
Follow the 2018 SEPA Synod Assembly from the opening worship to the announcement of the bishop-elect. You can watch the video stream on your computer or mobile device at http://sepaassembly.info. Plenary sessions will be streamed starting at 8:30 am Friday, May 4 and during sessions through the close of business on Saturday, May 5. Continue reading “Watch Assembly LIVE”
We will be distributing reports and documents for the 2018 Synod Assembly via an app that you can load onto your smartphone or tablet. The app is available for Android and iOS devices. Click the button or follow these instructions:
Visit the app store for your device.
Search for “ELCA Organizations and Events”.
Install the app.
Open the app and tap “Passphrase”.
Enter the passphrase sepa2018
Tap to download the guide.
Please allow the app to send you notifications.
Remember to refresh your app (tap the circular arrow icon highlighted below) before coming to Assembly.
Availability of wi-fi is limited at Franconia Mennonite Church. Please download materials in advance of the Assembly to avoid disappointment.