The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, newly elected Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has graciously accepted The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's invitation to be the keynote speaker at its 150th anniversary gala dinner celebration on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
Eaton is Bishop of the ELCA's Northeastern Ohio Synod, and, with her installation October 5, 2013, she will become the first woman in the denomination's history to serve as Presiding Bishop. She was elected to the post this past August 14 during the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to becoming synodical bishop in 2006, Eaton served as pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Ashtabula; as interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church, Boardman; and as assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, all in Ohio.
Eaton earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor's degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She currently serves on a number of boards and committees.
Watch the seminary's monthly enewsletter, PS Portions (sign up here), for updates on the exciting plans surrounding the gala dinner and the Presiding Bishop-elect's visit! Mark your calendars for a place at the dinner table!