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Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo re-elected by New York-area Lutheran synod

Robert Alan Rimbo has been re-elected bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which has 194 congregations in the region, including 58 on Long Island.

Rimbo was re-elected on May 31 by a vote of 225 to 216 on the fifth ballot of a vote by pastors and lay people representing congregations on Long Island, and in New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Duchess and Ulster counties.

The synod, or region, has about 70,000 baptized members, including 32,327 on Long Island.

"I am deeply humbled by God's grace in calling me to serve another six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America," Rimbo said. "We can be proud that God has blessed our region with many talented leaders capable of serving as bishop."

Rimbo was formerly the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, and before that bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod. He has served the church for decades, including pastorates in Michigan, New York and New Jersey. He has been director of music in several parishes, and executive assistant to the project director for the Lutheran Book of Worship.

He has also worked as chaplain, editor, adviser, and coordinator for many boards and projects relating to worship and parish ministry.

The synod also approved a strategic plan Rimbo submitted to reinvest in its communities "by seeking creative solutions for recommitting to ministry in places where its traditional presence may be enhanced to more fully serve the community."

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