J. Christian Giesler elected bishop, Moravian Church Northern Province

Rev. J. Christian Giesler, currently pastor of Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was elected bishop of the Moravian Church at the Northern Province 2010 Synod today. Upon his election, the nearly 300 delegates cheered, congratulated him and sang a hymn of celebration.

Rev. Chris Giesler (center) is congratulated by Moravian Bishops Kay Ward (left), Doug Kleintop and Paul Graf following his election to bishop on Monday.

“I am honored to be chosen for this opportunity to serve the church,” said Giesler, “and I am blessed to have such a wonderful church to serve.”

Rev. Giesler, a 1983 graduate of Moravian College and 1986 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, has served congregations in both the Northern and Southern Provinces, including Bethesda Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Redeemer Moravian Church in Richmond, Va.  Rev. Giesler also served as chaplain for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem.  In addition to his role as pastor at Edgeboro, Chris directs the Youth Ministry Office of the Moravian Church Northern Province Eastern District.

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