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Reverend Kristen E.M. Kuempel, bishop-elect of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Photo by Tami McHugh

Rev. Kristen E.M. Kuempel elected Bishop of Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod

The Rev. Kristen E.M. Kuempel was elected May 20 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 19-21 at the Downtown Double Tree Hotel, Spokane, Washington.

According to a press release, Rev. Kuempel who serves as pastor of First Lutheran Church of Kennewick, WA, was elected on the fourth ballot with 133 votes. A total of 123 votes were needed for election. In addition to the election, the Assembly celebrated Rev. Martin Wells’ 18 years of service; three consecutive terms as bishop.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Information about the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod is available at www.ewaidsynod.org

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