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Bishop Erickson’s Installation

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Installation Location

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
1615 Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213
Parking is available on the west side of St. Matthew’s

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Children

Children are welcome and encouraged to attend worship.  Childcare will be provided for children 6 weeks to 3 years of age. Please call the synod office by September 15 to register for childcare: (414) 671-1212.

Rostered Leaders and Judicatory Leaders

All rostered leaders wishing to vest and process will meet in the Fellowship Hall (under the sanctuary). Bishops and other judicatory leaders will meet in the Upper Room (just upstairs from the main west entrance) at the same time.  Please plan to arrive by 12:45 p.m.

Pictures will occur before the service at 1 p.m. For additional information please contact us at the Greater Milwaukee Synod office: (414) 671-1212 or installation@milwaukeesynod.org

Hotel Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are available at the following hotel:
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West
10499 West Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226

A special room rate of $109/night (plus taxes and fees) is available for Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8. Please make your reservation by calling (414) 389-8563 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West. Reservations are due by September 9, 2016.

Address and Directions

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
1615 Wauwatosa Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Take the Watertown Plank Road exit from US-45. Continue East on Watertown Plank Road. Watertown Plank Road becomes Harwood Avenue. Turn left on Harmonee Avenue crossing the bridge. Turn left on Wauwatosa Avenue. Turn left on Milwaukee Avenue. The church is on the corner of Wauwatosa Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue.

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paul d ericksonThe Rev. Paul D. Erickson was elected June 4, 2016 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“I’m excited and hopeful about our future as we continue the work of establishing vibrant faith communities committed to working with God in the establishment of a more just, peaceful and compassionate world,” Erickson said. “The Greater Milwaukee Synod has a strong history of creative and faithful ministry, and I look forward to finding out what God has in store for us all as this next chapter unfolds.”

Erickson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012.

He returns to the Greater Milwaukee Synod from St. Paul, where he served as the director of Agora, a ministry that works to develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota. Erickson grew up in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, where he was a member of St. Matthew’s in Wauwatosa and Bethel in Muskego. From 1993-2003, he served as pastor of Faith/Santa Fe Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and he was later called as Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod, where he served with Bishop Peter Rogness (a former bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod) from 2008-2014. He has also served at congregations in Chicago, Ill. and West St. Paul, Minn.

“I have a passion for God’s church, God’s people, and God’s world, and I love exploring new places and finding new ways to connect with others,” Erickson wrote in response to a question about the gifts he would bring as synod bishop. “I love to sing, teach, preach, and laugh, and I try to use my gifts in a way that creates a space in which others can be their best selves.”

Erickson speaks of his deep love of the ELCA and of the global church, and notes that he has spent much of his ministry working in cross-cultural settings. He also points out the need to find new ways to move forward together as the church, despite our comfort with more familiar approaches to ministry.

Paul and his wife, Lynn (an ELCA pastor serving in West St. Paul, Minn.), have two children: David, 20, and Sarah, 16.