The Rev. Dr. Samuel R. Zeiser was installed as bishop, the shepherd and spiritual leader of nearly 152,000 Lutherans of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), on Saturday, September 27, 2008. More than 800 clergy and lay persons representing the 291 synod congregations in a 14-county area of northeastern Pennsylvania witnessed the installation in Elm Park United Methodist Church,
Scranton, a site chosen based on its ability to accommodate the number of people expected.
Bishop Zeiser received the Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in 1977, and a Master of Sacred Theology from LTSP in 1989. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree in 2001 in Religious and Theological Studies.
Preaching and presiding at the installation service was ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, and assisting minister was Priscilla Schlenker Kinney, vice president of the synod and a member of the LTSP board.
More photos and information about Bishop Zeiser’s installation can be found on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Web site, http://www.nepsynod.org.
In the photo: The Rev. Dr. Samuel R. Zeiser surrounded by (clockwise from bottom left) the Rev. Robert Driesen, Bishop, Upper Susquehanna Synod; the Rev. Dr. Russell Mitman, Conference Minister, Penn Southeast Conference, UCC; the Rev. Susan W. Hassinger, Bishop, Wyoming Conference, United Methodist Church; the Rev. Harold S. Weiss, Bishop Emeritus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem; the Rev. Margaret Payne, Bishop, New England Synod; the Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rev. David R. Strobel, Bishop Emeritus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Rev. Marie Jerge, Bishop, Upstate New York Synod. (behind Bishop Hanson is the Rev. Martha Sipe)