Nominees for Bishop

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. Additionally, two webinar forums were held with the four nominees and those recordings are available below.

Call Committee Report

Nominees for Bishop

RevRamieBakken

Rev. Ramie Bakken
Candidacy Manager/Coordinator for Missional Leadership

Region 5 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
RevStacieFidlar

Rev. Stacie Fidlar
Pastor

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

Rev. Naomi Garber
Intentional Interim Pastor

First English Lutheran Church – Platteville, WI
RevJoyMortensenWiebe

Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe
Pastor

St. Luke Lutheran Church – Slinger, WI

Bishop Nominee Forums

Forum #1 – May 22, 2020

This first of two forums was conducted by the Bishop Election Task Force on May 21, 2020, and is presented here as a live webinar recording. The format and questions were organized by the task force and involved all four nominees.

Forum #2 – June 29, 2020

This second of two forums was conducted by the Bishop Election Task Force on June 29, 2020 with questions submitted by members of synod congregations, and is presented here as a live webinar recording. The format was organized by the task force and involved all four nominees.

June 29 Forum Follow-up

At the conclusion of the June 29 bishop nominee forum (also posted here), the Bishop Election Task Force hosts indicated they would be sending the nominees additional questions to be responded to in written form. Those response are below.

They are presented in two forms: Option A gives each nominees written responses to all nine questions; each nominee’s responses are in the Option A file bearing their name. Option B lists each of the nine questions in order, and gives each nominee’s answer to that question. The written responses are the same in both options.