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The Rev. Katherine A. Finegan was elected May 23, 2017 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA. The election was held during the Synod Assembly which took place at Messiah Lutheran Church and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan on May 21-23. Pastor Finegan was elected on the fifth and final ballot.
Pastor Finegan has served as Assistant to the Bishop in the NGLS since February, 2012. Previously she served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic, Michigan from 2002-2012, and as Youth Minister at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1988-2000.
The Bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1987. She received her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2002.