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Rev. Regina Hassanally was elected June 1 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held May 31-June 1 in Rochester, Minn.

Hassanally was elected on the fifth ballot, with 237 votes. She currently serves as pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Goodhue.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Health Professions from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Her Master of Divinity degree is from Palmer Theological Seminary (Wynnewood, Penn) with her Lutheran year spent at Luther Seminary (St. Paul).