Mark S. Hanson Edit Profile
Graduate, Minnehaha Academy, 1964. Bachelor Sociology, Augsburg College, 1968. Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1972.
Student, Luther Seminary. Doctor (honorary), Augsburg College. Doctor (honorary), Capital University.
Doctor (honorary), Lenoir-Rhyne College. Doctor (honorary), Wartburg Theological Seminary. Doctor (honorary), Academy Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administrator.
Before being elected presiding bishop, he served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. Early Life and Education
He was raised in a Lutheran family in Minnesota. He was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1979.
In 2007 Hanson was reelected on the second ballot, making him the longest-serving Presiding Bishop in the ELCA's history. = Bishop of the ELCA In 2005, he mourned the death of Pope John Paul II, especially for his contributions to the ecumenical movement. Since being elected presiding bishop, he has received several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humane Letters from Augsburg College, Augustana College (Illinois), Wittenberg University, and Grand View University, Doctor of Humanities from Capital University, Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration.
Mark Hanson was Presiding Bishop of the ELCA from 2001-2013, when Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was elected as the next Presiding Bishop of the ELCA at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA. Personal
Before the Hansons moved to Chicago, she was director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children's Hospitals. = Publications.
Married Ione Agrimson. Children: Aaron Hanson, Alyssa, Rachel, Ezra, Isaac, Elizabeth.
1973 - 1979
1979 - 1988
1988 - 1995
1995 - 2001