Rev. Abraham D. Allende
On May 17, 2014, The Reverend Abraham D. Allende was elected Bishop of the 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He began serving as bishop on September 1. Prior to his election as bishop, Pastor Allende had been serving The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights, Ohio, since September of 2009. Pastor Allende had previously served as Pastor and Mission Developer of Iglesia Luterana La Trinidad in Canton, Ohio. He was ordained as minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 18, 2003. A second-career pastor, Reverend Allende has held successful positions in the fields of education, broadcasting and as a professional baseball executive. He is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and reared in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Pastor Allende and his wife, Linda, currently make their home in Plain Township with their cat, Milagros (Mili). He has one adult son, David, a resident of Akron.
Bishop Allende's personal blog is "Walking Together in Faith."
To contact Bishop Allende: 330-929-9022 x 29 email@example.com
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Sunday morning, for the second week in a row, my wife, Linda, and I, sat down on the couch with our cups of coffee to watch a few live-streamed worship services. Before the end of the first hymn, my wife burst into tears. Startled, I asked what was wrong. "I'm upset that I can't go to church," she blurted out. [Read more]
Let me begin with a note of gratitude. I want to thank all the rostered ministers in the Northeastern Ohio Synod for their faithfulness during this time of pandemic, especially those of you who are doing all the extra work required by preparing sermons and services online. These last couple of weeks have challenged you to be creative and imaginative in your efforts to care for the people you serve. [Read more]
The 23rd Psalm, the psalm for this upcoming Fourth Sunday in Lent, is easily one of the best-known pieces of Scripture. With the very real threat of illness on display in full force these days, thanks to the Coronavirus, we are literally living in the "valley of the shadow of death." [Read more]
Greetings from Chicago, where we are wrapping up the Spring Conference of Bishops. This gathering was historic in that, for the first time, our Conference met jointly with the ELCA Church Council. [Read more]
Perceptive observers of the Lectionary readings will note that the Gospel lesson each First Sunday in Lent recounts the Devil's temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. [Read more]
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