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Mark S. Hanson, American bishop. Ordained 1974. Named a Rockefeller fellow, Union Theological Seminary, 1969, Merrill fellow, Harvard University, 1979.

Background

Mark S. Hanson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 2, 1946. His father was a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Education

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.

Career

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.

Religious career 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.

Achievements

  • Ordained 1974.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times, Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times.

Religion

Prior to being elected Synod bishop, he served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations: Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Edina Community Lutheran Church. And University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.

In addition to serving as Presiding Bishop, Hanson was the 11th President of the Lutheran World Federation. Following his ordination in 1974, Hanson served as pastor at Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1973 to 1979. Edina Community Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota, from 1979 to 1988.

And University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis, from 1988 to 1995. He was elected Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1995, and had been reelected to a second term prior to his election as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA in 2001. In 2003, Hanson was elected President of the Lutheran World Federation, a role which he served concurrently with his role as ELCA Presiding Bishop.

He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis: 2002). He is the author of Faithful Yet Changing. The Church in Challenging Times, and Faithful and Courageous.

Christians in Unsettling Times, both from Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Connections

Married Ione Agrimson. Children: Aaron Hanson, Alyssa, Rachel, Ezra, Isaac, Elizabeth.

spouse:
Ione Agrimson

child:
Aaron Hanson

child:
Alyssa Hanson

child:
Rachel Hanson

child:
Ezra Hanson

child:
Isaac Hanson

child:
Elizabeth Hanson