CHICAGO – The Rev. Laurie A. Larson Caesar, Portland, was elected May 11 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 10-12 at the Graduate Hotel in Eugene.
Congratulations and welcome to the new, Oregon Synod Bishop Elect Laurie Larson Caesar! Bishop Elect Laurie will being her work August 1, 2019.
Larson Caesar was elected on the fifth ballot, with 164 votes. The Rev. David Brauer-Rieke, bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod since 2007, received 118.
The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Beaverton since 1996.
Larson Caesar received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., in 1988 and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1992.
Larson Caesar will be installed Dec. 14, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Portland.