The Rev. Pedro Manuel Suarez was elected Oct. 13 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly Oct. 12-14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Kissimmee.
Pr. Suarez was elected on the 6th ballot with 334 votes. A total of 230 votes was needed for election.
Pr. Suarez has served as lead pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, FL since 2015.
The bishop-elect earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago in 1992. Lutheran School of Theology is one of seven ELCA seminaries.
Bishop Robert Schaefer was elected in 2013 and served 3 years of a 6 year term before resigning in February, 2017. Bishop Marcus Lohrmann, retired bishop from the Northwestern Ohio Synod, has been serving as the interim bishop.
Pastor Suarez will be installed as bishop at noon on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa, FL.