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Bouman Re-Elected Lutheran Bishop of Metro New York

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Date Tue, 4 Jun 2002 11:40:16 -0500


June 4, 2002


     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman was re-elected May 31
to a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  He was re-elected at the
synod assembly May 30-June 1 in Melville, N.Y.
     Bouman, 55, has served as bishop of the synod since 1996.  He was
re-elected on the first ballot for bishop with 377 votes, over the Rev.
Frederick J. Schumacher, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, White Plains,
N.Y., with 32 votes.  The Rev. Paul M. Britton, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, Huntington Station, N.Y., was third with 10 votes.  There were
40 nominees on the first ballot.
     Prior to his election as bishop of the synod, Bouman had served as
assistant to the bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod since 1992.
In 1973, he was pastor of St. Jacobus Lutheran Church, Woodside
(Queens), N.Y., before he became pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church,
Jackson Heights (Queens), N.Y., in 1974.  In 1982, he became pastor of
Trinity Lutheran Church, Bogota, N.J., and served there until he joined
the synod staff.
     Bouman was born in Melrose Park, Ill.  In 1969, he earned a
bachelor's degree from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind.  He
earned a master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis,
in 1973, and a master of sacred theology degree from New York
Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y., in 1978.  In 1980, he earned a
doctorate in ministry from New York Theological Seminary.
     Bouman and his wife, Janet, are parents of three grown children.
     The ELCA is organized into 65 synods with 5.13 million members.
The Metropolitan New York Synod has 83,913 members in 227 congregations.
Its offices are in New York City.

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