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Patricia Lull reelected bishop of the ELCA Saint Paul Area Synod

​CHICAGO ― The Rev. Patricia J. Lull was elected Sept. 25 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Lull was reelected on the first ballot, with 204 votes. A total of 198 votes was needed for election.

Lull has served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod since 2014. Prior to becoming bishop, she served as executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches from 2011 to 2014 and as dean of students at Luther Seminary in St. Paul from 2001 to 2010. Luther is one of seven ELCA seminaries. Lull also served as director of campus ministry with the ELCA Division for Higher Education and Schools from 1999 to 2001, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio, from 1984 to 1999, and associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena, Mich., from 1979 to 1984.  

Lull received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 1974 and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., in 1977.

Information about the Saint Paul Area 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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