Patricia J. Lull was elected Sept. 25 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Lull was reelected on the first ballot, with 204 votes. A total of 198 votes was needed for election.

Lull has served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod since 2014. Prior to becoming bishop, she served as executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches from 2011 to 2014 and as dean of students at Luther Seminary in St. Paul from 2001 to 2010. Luther is one of seven ELCA seminaries. Lull also served as director of campus ministry with the ELCA Division for Higher Education and Schools from 1999 to 2001, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio, from 1984 to 1999, and associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena, Mich., from 1979 to 1984.

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