LSTC Alum Meghan Johnston Aelabouni Elected as Bishop of ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod

LSTC alum Meghan Johnston smiles on a balcony

LSTC is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Synod has elected the Rev. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni as its new bishop for a six-year term. The election took place during the synod assembly at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado, from April 25-27, 2024.

Johnston Aelabouni, who has been serving as pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and as theologian in residence with the ELCA Middle East and North Africa Desk, was elected on the fifth ballot with 232 votes. Johnston Aelabouni brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having served in various pastoral and leadership positions throughout her career. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion and English from California Lutheran University, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a doctorate in religion from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.

Johnston Aelabouni will officially take office on August 1 2024 and will be installed on October 5 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver. She succeeds the Rev. James W. Gonia, who has served as bishop since 2012 and will retire on July 31.

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