Amy Odgren, Walker, Minn., was elected Aug. 29 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly.
Odgren was elected on the fifth ballot, with 167 votes. David M. Carlson, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn., received 140 votes.
The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the bishop and director for evangelical mission in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod since 2016. She served as pastor of Spirit Lutheran Church (2015 to 2016) and as pastor and redeveloper of First Lutheran Church (2013 to 2015), both in Eau Claire, Wis. Odgren also served as assistant to the bishop and director for evangelical mission in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin (2007 to 2013); associate pastor of First in Eau Claire (2003 to 2007), and mission developer pastor of Bridge of Life Lutheran Church in Holmen, Wis. (2001 to 2003).