5/17/2016 10:25:00 AM

CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Andrew Taylor, San Diego, was elected May 6 to a six-year term as bishop of the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-7 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine, Calif.

Taylor was elected on the fifth and final ballot with 174 votes to 165 votes for the Rev. David Nagler, pastor of Christ Lutheran in San Diego.

“I am humbled and honored that the people of the Pacifica Synod have elected me as their next bishop,” Taylor said. “I look forward to the challenge of walking with the congregations of Hawaii and Southern California as they reach out with God’s love to each other, their neighborhoods and the world, and I pray that God will grant me all I need to be effective in this important role.”

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