Amy Current, Dubuque, Iowa, was elected Aug. 7 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Current was elected on the fifth ballot, with 178 votes. Erika Uthe, assistant to the bishop and director for evangelical mission in the Southeastern Iowa Synod, received 173 votes.

The bishop-elect has served as vice president for admissions and student services at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, since 2011. Current served as director for financial aid and stewardship formation, director for public communications, and interim director of the Center for Youth Ministries at Wartburg from 2006 to 2010. She also served as pastor of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church in Harwood, N.D., from 2003 to 2006, and as pastor of Golden Ridge Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D., and Congregational Lutheran United Church, Gardner, N.D., from 1997 to 2001.

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