“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5).
For these past five years, I have had the joy and responsibility of serving as your assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It has been my greatest joy to serve in this call. I will end my call following Churchwide Assembly and then will begin my new call to serve as the bishop of the Southeastern Synod (Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee).
Worship is central to who we are as the people of God. Each week, across the ELCA, we gather in sanctuaries, in streets with the homeless, in prison, with campus ministries, at camp, and in brand new communities that are forming in homes. Week in and week out, we gather around the means of grace and are called to be that grace to a world in need. It has been one of my greatest life’s joys to help center this church’s ministry and work around worship and the means of grace.
I give thanks for the incredible team that I have been gifted to work with, Deacon John Weit, Deacon Jennifer Baker-Trinity and Ms. BethAnn Lynch. These faithful servants will continue serving the church and helping to guide this church’s worship life. Deacon Weit will serve as the interim assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for worship until a new person is called.
I thank my God every time I remember each of you and will constantly pray with joy as we continue to share in the gospel, keep worship central and invite others into the life-changing grace of God. Thank you!
Kevin L. Strickland
Assisting to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Worship
Bishop-Elect, Southeastern Synod