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The Rev. Jeffrey Barrow Elected Bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod

Date Sat, 5 Dec 2009 20:39:51 -0600

Title: The Rev. Jeffrey Barrow Elected Bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod

>December 5, 2009  

The Rev. Jeffrey Barrow Elected Bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod

MILWAUKEE (ELCA) -- The Rev. Jeffrey S. Barrow was elected Dec. 5 as
bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America (ELCA) at a special synod assembly here at Our Savior Lutheran
Church.  Barrow, 58, is currently an assistant to the bishop in the synod
and senior pastor of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis.

Barrow, who led on all ballots, was elected on the 5th ballot for
bishop, 209-185 over the Rev. Susan E. Tjornehoj, director for
evangelical mission, ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod. The Rev. Joseph G.
Crippen, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church, Northfield, Minn. was also
a candidate on the fourth ballot.  There were 36 names on the first or
nominating ballot.

"I am very grateful to be a pastor in this church," Barrow told the
ELCA News Service in a phone interview. "I am hopeful for what is ahead
for the Greater Milwaukee Synod and the wider church."

Barrow added that his experience as a parish pastor was helpful as
he worked with congregations in his role as assistant to the bishop. "I
think I will always look at things through the eyes of a parish pastor,"
he said.

Raised in Billings, Mont., Barrow earned a bachelor's degree in 1973
at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., one of 28 ELCA colleges and
universities.  He earned a master of divinity degree in 1979 at Luther
Northwestern Seminary (now Luther Seminary), St. Paul, Minn., one of
eight ELCA seminaries.

Barrow was ordained in 1979 by the former American Lutheran Church
and served as pastor of three congregations -- Zion Lutheran
(Arneckeville), Cuero, Texas, and Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee,
before he was called to Holy Communion Lutheran Church.  He also served
as executive director of the Koinonia Community, Highland Lake, N.Y.

The Rev. David W. Olson has been serving the Greater Milwaukee Synod
as interim bishop, following the Sept. 30 resignation of the Rev. Paul W.
Stumme-Diers. Stumme-Diers accepted a call to Bethany Lutheran Church,
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

The synod council has recommended the new bishop begin Feb. 1, 2010.
Barrow will be installed by the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding
bishop, March 14, 2010, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls,

Barrow and wife Kate have two children, Jackson and Anneka.  The
family resides in Racine.

The ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod has 91,000 baptized members and 137
congregations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.


* Jeremy Johnson is communications director for the ELCA Greater
Milwaukee Synod.

Information about the ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod is at on the Web.

For information contact:

John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or
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