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Evangelical Lutheran Synod names first African-American woman bishop



THE REV. PATRICIA A. DAVENPORT

The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport of Philadelphia was elected the next Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, May 5, at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford.

Davenport is the first African-descent woman to be elected a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Bishop-elect Davenport, 63, currently serves as the director for evangelical mission/assistant to the bishop, and is a member of the Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Yeadon. She also has served as a pastor/mission developer for the Spirit and Truth Worship Center and as acting bishop for three months.

She earned a degree from the Community College of Philadelphia and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, in addition to three other educational certificates.

Davenport has been active with various synod and community groups, including her current positions as co-chair of the Guiding Coalition, Churchwide, and as a member of the Congregational Vitality Team.

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