The Office of the Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod

Rev. Daniel Beaudoin

What is a Bishop?

The Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod is an ordained minister of word and sacrament responsible for preaching, teaching, and administering sacraments in accordance with the Confession of Faith of this church; holding primary responsibility for the ministry of word and sacraments in the synod; providing pastoral care and leadership for the synod; exercising the church’s power to ordain approved candidates to enter ministry; commissioning approved candidates for service to the synod; attesting letters of call; installing lay and rostered ministers of this synod; disciplining ministers as provided by the synod constitution; presiding over the Synod Assembly; being a voting member of the Churchwide Assembly; and overseeing and administering the work of this synod. The current elected Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod is The Reverend Daniel Beaudoin.

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Meet The Rev. Daniel Beaudoin

The Rev. Daniel Beaudoin, Stony Ridge, was elected May 21 to a six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 19-21 at the Bowen Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Beaudoin was elected on the fourth ballot with 273 votes to 108 votes for the Rev. Anita Marshall, pastor of St. Peter in Norwalk, Ohio, and 52 votes for the Rev. Marc Miller, Director of Evangelical Mission for the Northwestern Ohio Synod.

Beaudoin has served as senior pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge since 2004. He was pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edon, Ohio, from 1996 to 2004. The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Medieval History degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Trinity is one of eight ELCA seminaries.

Beaudoin was installed as bishop Saturday, July 23, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, Ohio.

A Study of Ephesians: The Gift of God’s Grace

Dear Friends in Christ,

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Welcome to 2017: the Year of Grace. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Northwestern Ohio Synod will celebrate the gift of God’s grace through worship, Bible study, book reading, and other faith practices.

A few years back, I was teaching an Adult New Members Class. As I covered some of the basic theological insights of Lutheranism, one of the students asked, “Pastor, if you were to pick 1 word to describe Lutherans, what would that 1 word be?” I didn’t hesitate. The word is “grace”.

In the New Testament Letter to the Ephesians the writer focuses on the power and the gift of God’s amazing grace. One of my “go to” Bible verses is Ephesians 2:8, and this will serve as our memory verse for 2017: the Year of Grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). This powerful Bible verse captures both God’s intent and God’s goodness.  I would encourage you to memorize this Bible verse, so when I see you, and you recite this verse to me, you will be blessed.

What follows is an 8 session Bible study on the Letter to the Ephesians. I want to encourage you to open your Bible, gather with a group of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the church, and learn what God has to teach you. But, be careful. Be very, very careful, because God’s Word has the power to transform people and communities from who we are into the people and communities that God longs for us to be.  The church in Ephesus experienced this transformation. “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). May we also experience the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to renew and transform our lives and communities. God’s Word has that power.

Let us pray: God of goodness and grace, as we begin the study of your Word may we be inspired by your love and transformed by your will to be the people you long for us to be. Hold us always in the promise of your grace. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Blessings,
Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
December 27, 2016
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

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Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
2017: The Year of Grace

Dear Friends in Christ,

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Welcome to 2017: The Year of Grace. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Northwestern Ohio Synod will celebrate the gift of God’s grace through prayer, worship, Bible study, and book reading circles.

A few years back, I was teaching an Adult New Members Class. As I covered some of the basic theological insights of Lutheranism, one of the students asked, “Pastor, if you were to pick 1 word to describe Lutherans, what would that 1 word be?” I didn’t hesitate. The word is “grace”.

One of the great gifts of the Protestant Reformation was a renewed emphasis on God’s transformational grace, and the word transformational is fitting. The Protestant Reformation was a transformational event, which caused a seismic shift in Western Civilization. In the book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation, Dr. Andrew Pettegree captures the spirit of the Protestant Reformation by focusing on the transformation that occurred in 4 related areas:

  • The transformation of Martin Luther, from unknown monk to Europe’s bestselling author – ever.
  • The transformation of the printing industry.
  • The transformation of book production and marketing.
  • The transformation of the town of Wittenberg.

What follows is a 13-session reading guide based on Andrew Pettegree’s book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation. I want to encourage you to get a copy of Brand Luther, gather with a group of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the church, and read, discuss, and learn what God may be saying to you and your community through Brand Luther.

Let us pray, Lord Jesus, transform our minds to see the world as you see the world. Transform our will to do your will. Transform our hands to serve as you call us to serve. Transform our hearts to love the world as you love the world. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessings,

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
January 26, 2017
St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

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