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July 10, 2015

National Bishop Susan Johnson re-elected to third term

On the third ballot for National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Rev. Susan C. Johnson was re-elected by delegates at the 15th Biennial National Convention for a third four-year term.

In her acceptance of the call to a third term, Bishop Johnson thanked delegates for asking her to serve for another term. “I want you to know how much I love God and how much I love this church,” she said. “I promise you that I will faithfully serve to the best of my ability.”

In particular, Bishop Johnson lifted up the support of her parents, Rev. Don and Lois Johnson, who were in attendance at convention.

“I want to thank them for their unfailing love and support, and for they way they have continued to model discipleship,” she said.

“I look forward with hope for the next few years,” concluded Bishop Johnson, “because hope does not disappoint.”

Bishop Johnson is the fourth bishop to serve the ELCIC. This will be her third four-year term as National Bishop. She was first elected in 2007.

Almost 400 delegates, special guests, visitors and volunteers are meeting in Edmonton for the ELCIC’s 15th National Convention. Full agenda details and a live link to the proceedings are available on the National Convention website: http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/default.cfm

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