CHICAGO (ELCA) - The Rev. Brian D. Maas was elected June 2 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was elected on the fourth ballot with 432 of the 702 votes at the synod's assembly June 1-2 in Omaha.
Maas is pastor of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., and has supervised numerous internships of seminarians of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He succeeds the Rev. David L. deFreese, who was first elected bishop of the synod in 2000 and re-elected in 2006.
Born in Pierce, Neb., Maas earned a bachelor's degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln; a Master of Divinity Degree at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and a Certificate of Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, an ELCA seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. Following his ordination in 1992, he was pastor of ELCA congregations in Tekamah, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo. Maas will be installed as synod bishop Sept. 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Neb. Information about the ELCA Nebraska Synod is available at http://www.nebraskasynod.org.
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