North Carolina Lutherans will install their new bishop at 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 4545 Providence Road.
The Rev. Timothy Smith, a Lenoir native who most recently pastored Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, will become bishop of the 200-plus congregations in the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was elected to a six-year term at the synod’s assembly in May and, as bishop, will be based in Salisbury. Smith previously served at Lutheran churches in Boone and Newton.
The North Carolina Synod is one of 65 synods in the ELCA. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, who leads the national denomination, will preside at Smith’s installation Saturday. The N.C. bishop’s cross will be presented to Smith by his predecessor, Bishop Leonard Bolick.
Music will begin at 3:30 p.m. Expected to attend the 4 p.m. installation are bishops of other faiths as well as those leading other ELCA synods.