On the fourth ballot for Synod Bishop, delegates to the Saskatchwan Synod Convention elected Rev. Dr Sidney Haugen to a four-year term.
Bishop-elect Haugen has served as pastor of Our Saviour’s and Central Lutheran Churches, Regina, SK for 18 years. He has also served as chair of the Saskatchewan Synod Council.
The new bishop will take office on August 1, 2014.
Incumbent Saskatachewan Synod Bishop Cindy Halmarson addressed convention delegates following the announcement.
"Great thanks for all those who have worked with me over the years to lead this synod in ministry. Thank you very much," said Bishop Halmarson. While her plans for the future are opened-ended at this time, Bishop Halmarson says that she and her husband are looking forward to their own time of rest and renewal.
Bishop Halmarson served as Saskatchwan Synod Bishop for 12 years.
The Saskatchewan Synod Convention met May 2-4 in Regina, SK.