The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?                                                                   [Psalm 27:1] Dear people of God in the Northeastern Ohio Synod, As I enter my second year of ministry in the Office of Bishop I give thanks toContinue reading “ONE YEAR”


“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” [Mark 1:15] I just spent a week in Detroit with 30,000 of the most energetic young people I have ever known. This was the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) national Youth Gathering, held every threeContinue reading “BUILDING BRIDGES, BRINGING HOPE”


For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. [Romans 12:4-5] In my brief time as bishop, I have developed a new appreciation for the staff of ourContinue reading “ONE BODY, MANY MEMBERS”