The Rev. Tracie L Bartholomew, Lawrenceville, N.J., was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J.
Bartholomew was elected on the second ballot, with 298 votes. A total of 267 votes were needed for election. She was first elected in 2013.
Prior to becoming bishop, Bartholomew served as assistant to the synod bishop from 1998 to 2013. She served as pastor of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, N.J., from 1993 to 1998, as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lexington, Va., from 1991 to 1993, and as associate pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va., from 1989 to 1991.
Bartholomew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1985, and a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., in 1989. The seminary is one of seven ELCA seminaries.
Plans are still being formed but the focus of our time with Bishop Bartholomew will be identifying the changing needs of the church and how transitional ministry can be of benefit. There will be presentation, breakout opportunities and times for question and answer.
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IMA will hold its annual meeting in the last hour of this event. This will be an opportunity to update the membership and those interested in learning more about IMA. We will also vote on board leadership.
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