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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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From the Office of the Bishop


Winnipeg, December 13, 2002 (ELCIC) -- ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz has announced the appointment of two new assistants to the National Bishop.

Rev. Paul N. Johnson, 47, has accepted the call to be Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical Relations. He will begin his duties during the first week of March 2003.

Rev. Johnson was born in Papua New Guinea, the son of American Lutheran missionaries. He has an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; a degree in biblical studies from Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle, and received his M.Div. from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Upon ordination in 1987, he served as assistant pastor at Our Savior, Regina, until 1995. During that time, he was also elected to three terms as Dean of the Regina Conference. He was pastor of St. Mark, Winnipeg, from 1995 to 1998. He then took four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (two advanced) and has been serving the Emerson Lutheran Parish (Emmanuel, Emerson, MB; Zion, Friedensthal; and St. Paul, Dominion City) since September 2000.

He has been assisting preparation for the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation as Chairperson for the Local Worship Implementation Group and as a member of the International Worship Planning Committee. Pastor Johnson is married to Melanie Lewis.

Rev. Elaine Sauer, 47, has accepted the call to be Assistant to the Bishop for Synodical Relations. She will begin her duties on February 17, 2003.

Rev. Sauer presently serves in the Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod as Youth Ministry Facilitator and Campus Chaplain at the University of Manitoba. She was ordained in 1998, after completing her Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon.

She was raised in Terrace, British Columbia, and received her Bachelor of Education after studies at the University of Victoria and University of Saskatchewan. She is married to Rev. Rick Sauer and has lived in Saskatchewan (Wadena, Kuroki and Saskatoon) and Ontario (Thunder Bay) before moving to Winnipeg. The Sauers have three adult sons.

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