Elizabeth A. Eaton
|Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Predecessor||Mark S. Hanson|
|Other posts||Bishop of Northeastern Ohio Synod|
April 2, 1955 (age 60)|
|Spouse||The Rev. T. Conrad Selnick|
|Alma mater||Harvard Divinity School, College of Wooster|
Elizabeth A. Eaton (born April 2, 1955) is the fourth Presiding Bishop (and the first woman to become Presiding Bishop) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She was elected on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, on the fifth ballot. She received 600 votes by the Churchwide Assembly, and the incumbent Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson received 287 votes. She was installed as presiding bishop of the ELCA on October 5, 2013, at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park (Chicago, IL). Chicago is also the location of the ELCA headquarters. Her six-year term as presiding bishop of the ELCA began November 1, 2013.
Prior to her election, Eaton served as Bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod (NEOS) since her installation on February 7, 2007 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Akron, OH). Bishop Eaton previously served congregations in Ohio. Eaton was ordained in 1981 after a call to serve All Saints Lutheran Church (Worthington, OH) and a one-year term as interim pastor at Good Hope Lutheran Church (Youngstown, OH). She was serving as pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church (Ashtabula, OH) when she was called to become bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod.
Eaton is married to the Rev. Conrad Selnick, a priest of the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.), who is vice president of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation (Chicago, IL), and together they have two adult daughters, Rebeckah and Susannah.
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