Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar


Perfect love casts out all fear.

1 John 4


Greetings from your new bishop!


I am honored to be stepping into this role, honored to be walking with you into God’s future. Here in Oregon, we have some of the most innovative, relational and faithful lay leaders, pastors and deacons in the ELCA. I am passionate about supporting you as together we seek to love courageously, live authentically and reflect prophetically the liberating, living Word. The work ahead calls us to be collaborative and creative. The work ahead calls us to be bold and outward-focused. The work ahead calls us to truly believe that love of God and love of neighbor is at the center of what it means to be followers of Christ. Martin and Katie Luther trusted that God’s revelation comes often precisely where we least expect it – the forgotten, vulnerable corners of our souls and of our world. Let us be brave in the work of love, going to the corners that make us feel most uncomfortable, trusting that perfect love (in Greek, that translates to “full, mature and grounded love”) casts out all fear.


Bishop Laurie


Learn more about Bishop Laurie!


Meet the new team!

On August 1, 2019 the new synod staff, led by Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar, began their journey together. Learn more about the synod staff, including contact information, by checking out our synod staff page.