2021 Bishop Election

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Conference 1 (Redwood Mountain)

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 p.m.
Because of the geographical coverage, the meeting will be in smaller in-person clusters and then connect remotely using Zoom.

North Coastal Cluster
Still looking for a host, you are welcome to join at St. James, Redding
LCA, Arcata
Calvary, Eureka
Immanuel, Eureka
Our Savior’s, Ferndale
Christ, Fortuna
Grace Good Shepherd, McKinleyville

North Inland Cluster
St. James, 2500 Shasta View Dr #1560, Redding, CA 96002
Faith, Chico
First, Orland
Paradise, Paradise
St. James, Redding
Holy Trinity, Weaverville
Mount Zion, Yreka

South Cluster
Host: Cross and Crown, 5475 Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Trinity, Fort Bragg
Shepherd by the Sea, Gualala
Galilee, Kelseyville
Elim, Petaluma
Cross and Crown, Rohnert Park
Bethlehem, Santa Rosa
Faith, Santa Rosa
Thanksgiving, Santa Rosa
Grace, Ukiah

Conference 2 (Bridges)

Sunday, October 6 – 2:00 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, (397 Euclid; Oakland, CA 94610)

Conference 3  (Capitol Valley)

Sunday, November 17 –  2:00 p.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, (7595 Center Parkway; Sacramento, CA 95823)

Conference 4 (Sierra Nevada Foothill)

Sunday, October 6 – 5:00 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, (4895 S. McCarren, Reno, NV 89502) and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, (6365 Douglas Blvd.; Granite Bay, CA 95746)

Conference 5 (San Francisco Peninsula)

Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m., Unity Lutheran, (609 Southwood Dr, South San Francisco, CA 94080)

Conference 6 (El Camino Real)

Saturday, November 2 – 9:00 a.m., Mt. Cross Ministries, (7795 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005)

Conference 7 (Mt. Diablo)

Sunday, November 10 – 1:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, (1225 Hopyard Road Pleasanton, CA 94566)

Conference 8 (Sierra Central Valley)

Sunday, October 20 – 3:00 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, (701 S. Pleasant Avenue Lodi, CA 95240)

Conference 9 (Central San Joaquin)

Sunday, October 13 – 3:00 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, (364 E. Barstow Avenue Fresno, CA 93710)


Women in Ministry Retreat

In October 2019, Women in Ministry in the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod met for a retreat.  At the end of our retreat we had a discussion about the upcoming Bishop election. Here are the notes from our discussion. Pastor Connie Winter-Eulberg

More Information Coming in 2021


Possible Nominees for Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod

In fall 2019, each of the nine Conferences of the Sierra Pacific Synod held a gathering where it invited congregations and individuals within the conference to suggest names of those eligible persons on the clergy roster of the ELCA whom they believe to have the gifts and graces necessary for holding the office of bishop. Each Conference could put forward up to five names, and a total of twenty-eight names were brought forward to the Synod Nominating Committee. (Some names were put forward by more than one Conference.) The Nominating Committee contacted these individuals to ascertain their interest and willingness in having their name put forward as potential nominees for the bishop election. The pre-identification at the Conference gatherings was not a nomination process.

The following thirteen pastors agreed to have their name lifted up as a potential nominee, and each submitted a brief biographical questionnaire. This is a way for voting members to have more information in advance of the 2020 Synod Assembly; however, a traditional ecclesiastical ballot will be used for the bishop election. This means that any Minister of Word and Sacrament on the active or retired rosters of the ELCA can be nominated. It also means that a person pre-identified at a Conference gathering will still need to be nominated on the ecclesiastical (first) ballot at the Synod Assembly to be considered a nominee for bishop. The following names may or may not appear on the ecclesiastical ballot; additional names may be nominated to the ballot from the floor of the assembly. The Spirit will be present. This process allows preparation while also being open to how the Spirit may move.

When the 2020 Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly was originally delayed from May to September 2020, the Bishop Election Committee decided to offer an opportunity to the Possible Nominees for Bishop to respond to two questions, by video and in written form.  The questions were:

  • As we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, what have you learned personally and as a pastor that you would bring to leading the Sierra Pacific Synod?
  • There seems to be an awareness that our society is facing a growing crisis of spiritual rootlessness. How would you lead this synod to more publically present a path forward?

The Possible Nominees were recorded during the month of June.  Those videos can be found with each person’s linked name.  Note: YouTube allows you to turn on captions for these videos in English as well as many other languages.  (On YouTube, in the lower right corner of the screen, click first on the “CC” button to turn on subtitles, then on the gear symbol to change to another language if desired.)

You will also find a link to their written responses, which were translated from English into Spanish.

We hope that these responses will aid in our discernment as the Spirit guides us in electing our next bishop.  Even as that election has now been delayed until May of 2021, we pray that these pastoral leaders’ responses may help us during this tumultuous time.

Mark Price

Nomination Form


Nelson H. Rabell-Gonzalez

Nomination Form


Q & A English and Spanish