The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton loves roller coasters, but as the newly elected bishop of the 4-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the nation's largest Lutheran body, she knows she’s headed for the ride of her life.
“I have a sense that I’m almost to the top of the hill and you know how it feels, when you dangle there before you go down, and that's a little adventure, a little frightening," Eaton said during her waning days in the bishop’s office of the ELCA’s Northeast Ohio Synod in Cuyahoga Falls.
Eaton, 58, of Ashtabula, has served as the local bishop since 2006, but will be transferring to the ELCA national office in Chicago to assume her new duties in November.
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