The Rev. Roger R. Gustafson, Bishop
Central States Synod, ELCA
In June 2013, the Synod Assembly of Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected Roger R. Gustafson to serve as bishop. He was elected to a six-year term.
Before being elected synod bishop, he had served Advent Lutheran Church, Olathe, Kan., since being ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1990. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Divinity degree with honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, where he met his wife-to-be, Susan Langhauser. Roger’s first career was in print journalism, and he worked on a variety of newspapers in the Midwest and West.
Roger has served in several capacities in the Central States Synod of the ELCA. He was a member of the Pastor-to-Pastor pilot project; a member of the Bishop’s Pastoral Care Team; co-dean with Susan Langhauser of the Kansas City Area Ministry; co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 1993 Churchwide Assembly in Kansas City; a voting member at the 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando; and chair of the synod’s Evangelizing Strategy Task Force. He has chaired the Church Planters missions team for the Kansas City metropolitan area. He is a contributing writer for “Lectionary Homiletics.”
Roger and Susan are the parents of Andy, who works as an account manager for Lockton Insurance, Kansas City. Roger is a fan of rock and jazz music, motorcycles, and barbecue.