Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller elected president of Provincial Elders’ Conference

Rev. Dave Wickmann congratulates Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, who will succeed him as president, Provincial Elders' Conference, Moravian Church Northern Province

Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller of Lake Mills, Wis., was elected president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church Northern Province at the Province’s 2010 Synod in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday. Rev. Miller is the first woman to be elected to this position in the history of the Northern Province.

Delegates pray for guidance during prior to voting in the seventh ballot for PEC president.

The PEC is the highest governing board of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, providing administrative leadership to congregations and program agencies. Rev. Miller was elected to a four-year term, succeeding Rev. David L. Wickmann, who leaves the post after eight years.  She will assume her role later this summer.

“I’m overwhelmed, honored and humbled to be elected to this position,” said Rev. Miller upon her election.  “I look forward to working as partners with our elders, the Northern Province and the entire Moravian Church.”  (Ed Note: Watch for Rev. Miller’s installation speech later this weekend).

Synod delegates vote during the balloting on Saturday.

Prior to her most recent role as director of Congregational Leadership and Resources for the Western District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, Rev. Miller served as co-pastor (1985-95) and pastor (1995-2005) of Lake Mills Moravian Church. She also serves a chair of the Church’s Task Force for Healthy Congregations Initiative; secretary of the Wisconsin Council of Churches; and chair of Fort HealthCare, an independent community hospital in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Rev. Miller was ordained in 1985.  During the past five years, she earned a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in Congregational Mission and Leadership.

Synod Tellers count ballots for the PEC President election on Saturday.

Betsy was elected on the third day of the Moravian Church, Northern Province’s 2010 Synod, which continues at Moravian College until Monday, June 21.

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