Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bishop, making him the first non-provisional leader of the year-old denomination, the Ecumenical News International website reports today (August 15, 2011).
The Rev. John Bradosky was elected August 11 by 800 NALC members who met in Columbus, Ohio, to elect new leaders and conduct official church business during the church's annual meeting.
The NALC was founded in 2010 as part of a split from the more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), after the ELCA voted to allow openly gay clergy.
The breakaway body now numbers more than 100,000 members nationwide -- most of whom were previously affiliated with the ELCA.