Bishop Guy Erwin earned a doctorate and two master’s degrees at Yale University and his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University. He engaged in seminary studies at Yale Divinity School and the universities of Tubingen and Leipzig in Germany.

Most recently, he was the Gerhard and Olga Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, at the same time serving as part-time interim pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park, California. He has served as the ELCA representative to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 2004.

Ordained in May 2011, Guy Erwin is the ELCA’s first synod bishop who is gay and partnered. He lives in Los Angeles and is married to Rob Flynn, a member of the ELCA. Bishop Erwin is part Osage Indian and is active in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.

As well as serving as interim pastor for two ELCA congregations in California, Guy Erwin served as minister for worship and education at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, California.

Prior to coming to California in 2000, he was lecturer in church history and historical theology at Yale Divinity School from 1993 to 1999. He served as parish associate at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, Connecticut from 1986 to 2000. Bishop Erwin has also served on a variety of boards and committees for ELCA-related institutions and other non-profit agencies.

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