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Bishop Eaton Visits on September 11
Presiding Bishop-elect will speak in chapel on Wednesday
Messiah Lutheran Church and School will host the ELCA's presiding bishop-elect, The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, on Wednesday, September 11.  Bishop Eaton has served in Ohio for thirty years, most recently as Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod.   We are honored and delighted that she will be joining us.  Please mark your calendars for 9:10 on Wednesday morning, and plan to attend chapel with us. This is a valuable opportunity to hear from a church-wide leader, and a gifted preacher.

More about Bishop Eaton:

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton will be installed as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) October 5, 2013 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. Eaton is currently bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod and is the ELCA’s first woman presiding bishop-elect. She was elected August 14, 2013 at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in Pittsburgh.
Bishop Eaton, born in Cleveland, Ohio, was ordained in 1981 and began her ministry as pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio.  She served as interim pastor at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Youngstown, Ohio from 1990-91.  In 1991 she accepted a call to become pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio where she served until her election as bishop in 2006.


In 1977, Bishop Eaton received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  She received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980.

Other Activities

Eaton previously served on the Northeastern Ohio Synod Council and as a member of its Executive Committee.  She was also a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council.  Community activities included the boards of the Community Care Ambulance Network and Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, working with the High School Consolidation Effort and as a basketball referee.  She was a co-founder of Imagine Ashtabula, and also received the NAACP President’s Award.


Rev. Eaton’s husband, the Rev. Conrad Selnick, is an Episcopal priest serving St. Christopher’s-by-the-River in Gates Mills, Ohio and he also is a management consultant.  Their daughter, Rebeckah, is a graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Michael Ray.  Daughter Susannah attends Cleveland State University.

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