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LCMS re-elects Harrison as Synodical president

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has been elected to his second term as president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). In a new election process adopted in 2010 at the church’s 64th Regular Convention, congregational delegates who attended their districts’ 2012 conventions were asked to cast their votes electronically for the LCMS president between June 22-25, 2013.

All LCMS congregations were invited to submit nominations for president of the Synod. Nominations received by February 20, 2013 — five months prior to the July 20 start of the church’s 65th Regular Convention, as required by the new Synod bylaw — were tallied by an independent auditor and delivered to the Synod’s secretary.

Candidates were the three ordained ministers who received the highest number of votes in the nominations process and who consented to serve if elected. In addition to Harrison, the Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier and the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. also were nominees.

Harrison received 4,262 votes, or 66.26 percent. Maier received 1,906 votes, or 29.63 percent. Mueller received 264 votes, or 4.10 percent. Total ballots cast were 6,432, or 78.43 percent of the electorate.

Harrison was elected by a majority of votes cast and will serve as president during the 2013-16 triennium.

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