December 17, 2014
Rev Cindy Halmarson, the former bishop of Saskatchewan Synod, has accepted a position in the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her new position as Area Program Director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (Europe/MENA), based at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, will involve building and maintaining relationships with partner churches in order to strengthen Christ’s mission in the world. Mission accompaniment is focused on churches in Central Eastern Europe, including Siberia, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) as well as supporting ELCA-sponsored English language ministries in the typically Lutheran areas of Scandinavia, Germany and Western Europe.
Speaking about this new opportunity for service, Bishop Halmarson said, “It’s exciting to think how my rich experience in the Canadian church, particularly as bishop of Saskatchewan Synod, can translate to the global call to make Christ known in partnership with churches doing the faithful mission work of peace-making, refugee settlement and leadership development.”
Rev Halmarson, who completed twelve years of service as Bishop of Saskatchewan Synod in July 2014, is an advisor to the Lutheran World Federation Council. She and her husband Rev Jim Halmarson, presently serving as parish priest at Christ Church Anglican in Saskatoon, will relocate to Chicago in March 2015.