Monday, September 30, 2013
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church, 729 West Washington Blvd in downtown Fort Wayne, will be video streaming the installation service for the incoming presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, most recently the bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA. The installation itself will occur at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, which seats approximately 1,500 people.
The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops, will preach the sermon. Scripture texts for the installation service are Isaiah 42:5-9, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12 and Mark 4:1-9. Among the guests attending are representatives from the ELCA’s full communion partners, members from The Lutheran World Federation, ELCA companions from around the world, members of this church and others. The liturgy will include a diversity of music led by organ, piano, bagpipes, brass, choir, soloists, drum, guitar and more.
St. John’s sanctuary will be open beginning at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) for pre-service music, with the Installation service starting at 3:00 p.m.
Parking is best accessed of of either eastbound Jefferson Blvd or southbound Van Buren St.. All are welcome!
Further details about Bishop-Elect Easton are included below. Questions about the event at St. John may be directed to the Rev. Paul Offhaus at 260-426-5751, ext 101.
Installation – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
About Bishop Eaton
The 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly elected the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton as this church’s fourth presiding bishop. She will serve a six-year term beginning November 1.
Born in Cleveland on April 2, 1955, Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Ordained June 4, 1981, Eaton served as assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Ohio; and pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.
Eaton is involved in a number of boards and committees. She is a board member of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University, both based in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee and the ELCA Conference of Bishops Executive Committee. She also serves on the Conference of Bishops Domestic Ready Bench and serves in roles with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, PORTICO Philosophy of Benefits Task Force, Ohio Council of Churches and Lutheran Planned Giving in Ohio.
Prior to her election, Eaton was the liaison bishop to the ELCA Church Council and a member of the ELCA Memorials Committee for the 2007, 2011 and 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assemblies. She served as a delegate to The Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Budapest in 1984, on the review team for Lutheran Episcopal dialogues in 1982, and she was a part of the delegation from the ELCA’s predecessor church bodies to the German Democratic Republic in 1982.
Eaton’s husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is pastor of St. Christopher’s-by-the-River in Gates Mills, Ohio. They reside in Ashtabula and are parents of two adult children, Rebeckah, who is married to Michael Ray, and Susannah.