Report of the Synod Bishop Call Committee

The process for electing a bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin in 2020 was established by the Synod Council, as called for in the synod’s constitution. It began with Town Hall meetings in January and February, resulting in a profile of the synod and of the bishop we seek. Nomination caucuses were then held in each conference, beginning with ecclesiastical ballots by all participants. The process then shifted to the Bishop Call Committee, which was charged with the responsibility of presenting to the synod for election four to six nominees.

This page contains the full report of the Call Committee, detailing the process they followed to arrive at their decisions.

This page also contains a video introduction from each of the nominees and written material each has submitted. The nominees are listed below alphabetically by last name.

Forums will be held prior to the assembly at which an election will be held. Because of the pandemic, the date for that assembly has yet to be set.

Call Committee Video Report

Call Committee Written Report

2020 Bishop Election Information

Nominees for Bishop

The Rev. Ramie Bakken

Candidacy Manager/Coordinator for Missional Leadership

Region 5 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Stacie Fidlar


St. John’s Lutheran Church – Rock Island, IL

The Rev. Naomi Garber

Intentional Interim Pastor

First English Lutheran Church – Platteville, WI

The Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe


St. Luke Lutheran Church – Slinger, WI

Bishop Nominee Forum – May 22, 2020

Below you can view the recording of the live nominee forum recorded on May 21, 2020 conducted by the Bishop Election Task Force.

Nominee Question Submission

Use the link below to submit your questions for the four nominees to be asked at our next forum to be held on June 29, 2020. Questions may also be submitted through Robyn in the synod office and will be accepted until June 15, 2020.