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Satterlee to be installed as Bishop of North/West Lower Michigan Synod on September 22

The Rev. Dr. Craig Alan Satterlee will be installed as the fourth bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod on September 22, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3701 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, Michigan. The service begins at 4 p.m. with Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the ELCA presiding

Satterlee received his M.Div. from Trinity in 1986 and his S.T.M. in 1993. As the bishop of a Region 6 synod, he also will serve on the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Board of Directors. He was elected on the fifth ballot during the synod assembly in Lansing, Michigan, on May 21. He will serve a six-year term. The North/West Lower Michigan Synod represents 129 congregations, 237 ordained pastors, and 48,859 baptized members.

Satterlee had been serving as the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics and associate director for the advanced studies program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also served as dean for the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program at the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Before joining the faculty of LSTC, he served as interim and sabbatical pastor for several ELCA congregations in Chicago from 2003 to 2011, and as interim pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran in Sturgis, Mich., from 1995 to 2000. He served as chaplain for the candidacy committee at the ELCA Upstate New York Synod from 1996 to 1999, pastor of Holy Nativity Lutheran in Endicott, N.Y., from 1990 to 1995, and associate pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran in Fairport, N.Y., from 1987 to 1990. 

The bishop-elect earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and persuasive communication and rhetoric from the University of Michigan in 1982, and a Master of Arts degree in liturgical studies and homiletics (1998) and a Ph.D. in liturgical studies and homiletics (2000) from the University of Notre Dame. He is married to Cathy A. Satterlee and they have one daughter.
Dillahunt To Be Installed As Bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod on October 26

The Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt will be installed as bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA on October 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Weaver Chapel on the campus of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the ELCA will preside, and the Rev. Dr. Walter F. Taylor Jr., the Ernest W. and Edith S. Ogram Professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity, will preach.

Dillahunt received her M.Div. degree from Trinity in 1986. As the bishop of a Region 6 synod, she also will serve on the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Board of Directors.
She was elected on the fifth ballot during the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly, June 6-8, in Springfield. The syond represents 205 congregations, 380 rostered leaders, and 94,000 baptized members.

Dillahunt was elected on the fifth ballot with 226 votes to 217 votes for the Rev. Dr. James Wilson (’78), pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio. The Rev. Gary Sandberg (’88) also was named on the fourth ballot with 113 votes to 162 votes for Wilson and 173 for Dillahunt.

The bishop-elect has served for the past 16 years as assistant to the bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod. Prior to becoming the assistant to the bishop, she served as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio; associate pastor at Peace Lutheran Church, Gahanna, Ohio, and pastor at Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, Springfield, Ohio. She earned a degree in political science and sociology at the University of Arizona, and is married to The Rev. Brian Dillahunt, who is pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio. They have one son, Nathaniel, who is a student at Wittenberg University.

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