On September 12, 2020, the NEOS Assembly elected a new bishop on the fifth ballot, the Rev. Laura Barbins. We had some good candidates to choose from throughout the election process. Voting was tight. For example, on the fourth ballot, the number of votes for the three remaining candidates were 110-106-101. Bishop Allende will mentor our bishop-elect during this transition time. No installation date has been set as of yet. God’s blessings to our new bishop, Rev. Laura Barbins, especially for God’s wisdom and compassion in her new calling. God’s blessings to Bishop Allende for his faithful service as bishop these past six years and on his retirement. Please remember them both and their families in your prayers. For more information on our synod, please visit www.neos-elca.org.