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Erik Gronberg reelected bishop of ELCA Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

​CHICAGO ― The Rev. Erik Gronberg, Fort Worth, Texas, was reelected April 29 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly April 29-30 at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Gronberg was reelected on the first ballot, with 154 votes. A total of 129 votes was needed for election.

Gronberg has served as bishop of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod since 2016. Prior to becoming bishop, he served as senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth from 2010 to 2016 and as senior pastor of Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc, Wis., from 2005 to 2010.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in 1999 and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2005. Luther is one of seven ELCA seminaries. Gronberg earned a Ph.D. in leadership studies at Dallas Baptist University in 2017.

Information about the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod is available at

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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 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands.,” 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.

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Candice Hill Buchbinder

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