KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) - The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has re-elected its current leader. The church announced Saturday that the Reverend Matthew Harrison will serve a second three-year term as president.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Harrison is the synod's 13th president since 1847. His re-election was expected. He received 66 percent of the ballots cast.
The second-largest vote getter was the Reverend David Maier, who received 30 percent of the vote. He's president of the synod's Michigan district. The Rev. Herbert Mueller Junior received four percent of the vote. He's the synod's first vice-president.
The 2.4 million-member church is based in Kirkwood. It's the second-largest Lutheran denomination in the country after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with twice as many members.