Born in Cleveland on April 2, 1955, Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School...
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installed as ELCA presiding bishop
Eaton is the ELCA's fourth presiding bishop and the first woman to lead
the 4 million-member church.
will assume office Nov. 1.
"I found it beautiful and deeply moving that this new ministry was
begun in worship; that as a church, we were 'lost in wonder, love and
said of the installation service.
Eaton served as presiding minister after
the installation rite.
Crist said that those gathered came "to install Bishop Eaton, and to
and empower her
to sow in this wider field that she
And we are also here to pledge to Bishop Eaton and to one
Eaton was elected Aug. 14 at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
will serve a six-year term.
Born April 2, 1955, in Cleveland, Eaton earned a Master of Divinity
degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor
of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster
Ordained June 4, 1981, Eaton served as assistant pastor of All
Saints Lutheran Church
in Worthington, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope
in Boardman, Ohio; and pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church
in Ashtabula, Ohio.
was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio
Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.
Eaton is involved in a number of boards and committees.
board member of Trinity Lutheran Seminary
and Capital University
based in Columbus, Ohio.
She is a member of the Lutheran Episcopal
and the ELCA Conference of Bishops Executive
also serves on the Conference of Bishops Domestic Ready
Bench and serves in roles with the ELCA Malaria Campaign
, the Lutheran
Metropolitan Ministry, PORTICO Philosophy of Benefits Task Force, Ohio
Council of Churches
and Lutheran Planned Giving in Ohio.
Prior to her election, Eaton was the liaison bishop to the ELCA
and a member of the ELCA
Memorials Committee for the 2007,
2011 and 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assemblies
She served as a delegate to The
Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Budapest in 1984, on the review
team for Lutheran Episcopal
dialogues in 1982, and she
was a part of the
delegation from the ELCA's predecessor church bodies to the German