LSTC News Release
LSTC alumnus, the Rev. P.P. Buthelezi, elected Bishop of the South Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa
Posted Nov 4, 2008
The Rev. Paulos Phembukuthula Buthelezi, who received a master of theology degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2004, has been elected bishop of the South Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa (ELCSA). His consecration will take place on February 8, 2009 in Umpumulo, South Africa. Pastor Buthelezi had been studying for a doctor of philosophy degree in world mission, cross-cultural, and interfaith studies when he returned to South Africa in 2006 on church and family matters.
In over 20 years of ordained ministry before beginning his studies at LSTC, Pastor Buthelezi served a variety of parishes in South Africa, managed the Edendale Lay Ecumencial Centre in Pietermaritzburg, directed Birthright of KwaZulu Region, and was dean of the Empangeni Circuit of the ELCSA.
Pastor Buthelezi is married to Gretta Buthelezi, who also studied in the master of arts program at LSTC. Gretta was involved in LSTC's international women's group and often sang solos in the seminary's chapel.
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