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Bishop Guy Erwin to speak at the Final Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Bishop Guy ErwinBishop Guy Erwin, of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will be the keynote speaker at the 153rd and final commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will combine to become United Lutheran Seminary in July 2017.

Until his election as bishop in 2013, Erwin was the Gerhard and Olga Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, at the same time serving as part-time interim pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park, California. He has served as the ELCA representative to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 2004.

As well as serving as interim pastor for two ELCA congregations in California, Erwin served as minister for worship and education at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, California. Prior to moving to California in 2000, he was lecturer in church history and historical theology at Yale Divinity School from 1993 to 1999. He served as parish associate at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1986 to 2000. Bishop Erwin has also served on a variety of boards and committees for ELCA-related institutions and other non-profit agencies.

Bishop Erwin earned a doctorate and two master’s degrees at Yale University and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He engaged in seminary studies at Yale Divinity School and the universities of Tubingen and Leipzig in Germany.

Ordained in May 2011, Erwin is the ELCA’s first synod bishop who is gay and partnered. He lives in Los Angeles and is married to Rob Flynn, a member of the ELCA. The first Native American bishop elected to office in the ELCA, Erwin is part Osage Indian and active in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.

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