From September of 2014 until November of 2020 the Reverend Abraham D. Allende served as the fourth Bishop of the 161 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Prior to his election as bishop, Pastor Allende had been serving The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights, Ohio, since September of 2009. Pastor Allende had previously served as Pastor and Mission Developer of Iglesia Luterana La Trinidad in Canton, Ohio. He was ordained as minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 18, 2003.

During his time in the office of Bishop, he served as co-convener of the ELCA’s Task Force for a Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity. He continues to serve on the Advisory Task Force for the implementation of the strategy. As Bishop, he also sat on the Conference of Bishops’ Immigration Ready Bench, and the Global Mission Liaison Committee. He has also served on the Committee for Ministry Among People in Poverty.

A second-career pastor, Pastor Allende has held successful positions in the fields of education, broadcasting and as a professional baseball executive. He is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and reared in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Pastor Allende and his wife, Linda, currently make their home in Plain Township (Canton). He has one adult son, David, a resident of Akron.


I began this blog in 2009 as my mother was in the final weeks of her life. At that time, it was therapy, but it eventually evolved into an exercise that I found enjoyable. Over the years it has taken many directions and eventually became a website that included other items of interest such as sermons and other papers I had written. However, I abandoned it when I began writing Monday Musings in 2016. Now that I am retired, I find I still have a lot to say. So I am reviving the blog and with it the hope that my thoughts will be of some interest and benefit to those who take the time to read it. It is my offering to you. May you be blessed by its contents and, more importantly, may God be glorified. Enjoy!

The Rev. Abraham Allende