Jeff R. Johnson, Berkeley, Calif., was elected Sept. 17 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod. The election took place during the synod assembly, Sept. 15-17, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif.

Johnson was elected on the fifth ballot, with 226 votes to 168 votes for the Rev. John Keuhner, pastor of Unity Lutheran Church in South San Francisco and bridge pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in San Mateo, Calif. Johnson is the first openly gay man to be elected bishop in the synod.

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