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

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin was elected May 21, 2016, to a six-year term as the bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was installed on July 23, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Daniel is married to Rachel, and they are blessed with three children: Joshua, Elijah, and Hannah. 2 daughters-in-law: Michelle and Chelsie. They are smitten with their new grandson, George.

Bishop Beaudoin served as the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge from 2004-2016. He served as the pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edon, Ohio, from 1996 to 2004. From 2013-2015, he served as the Dean of the North Central Conference.

Bishop Beaudoin earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Medieval History from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Bishop Beaudoin enjoys running with the Toledo Roadrunner’s Club, reading good books, studying Scripture, and eating Mediterranean food.

The “Bishop’s Writings” page is designed to create an area where someone can quickly navigate to the different resources and writings of Bishop Beaudoin.

You will find the following sections:

  • Bible Studies
  • Reading Guides
  • Weekly Email Communications

If you cannot find the resources you are looking for, contact info@nwos-elca.org for help.

The Jerusalem Collection: Funding the Mission

Welcome to 2021: The Year of Generosity. Our focus this year will be on Funding the Mission. God has a mission, and God’s mission has a church, and God’s church is full of generous people who have abundant gifts and resources; gifts and resources that we are called to share. In the Book of Acts, Jesus reminds us that, “…It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35c). Generosity is at the heart of following Jesus.

Topical Writings by the Bishop

Periodical Bishop Beaudoin writes about topics that God has laid on his heart. These writings may be tied to a current event or a current emphasis of the day. Either way these writings are often timeless in their Biblical truth and value as a tool of spiritual growth.

Year of Generosity Writings

One of my favorite Bible verses related to generosity is recorded in the Sermon on Mount (see the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7). The Bible verse is Matthew 6:21, which will serve as our 2021 Year of Generosity memory verse. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). This powerful verse reminds us that the spiritual practice of generosity can transform our hearts and lives, and at the same time, renew our parishes and communities.

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