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July 15, 2011

National Bishop Susan Johnson Re-Elected on Second Ballot

On the second ballot for National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Rev. Susan C. Johnson was re-elected by delegates at the 13th Biennial National Convention for a second four-year term.

In her address following the announcement, Bishop Johnson thanked delegates for trusting her with the call the National Bishop. “Four years ago you honoured me with this election,” she said, “and I feel just as honoured today.”

Bishop Johnson acknowledged the support she receives from colleagues, the conference of bishops, church partners and others throughout the church, and shared with delegates that she knows she doesn’t, “work in a vacuum.”

“I covet your prayers,” she said, “and I thank you very much for the trust you have placed in me.”

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

Over 500 Lutherans and special guests are meeting in Saskatoon at the ELCIC's 13th National Convention. Full agenda details and a live link to the proceeding are available on the National Convention website: elcic.ca/In-Convention/2011-Saskatoon.(

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