Bishop Brenda Bos

The Rev. Brenda Bos was elected to serve a six-year term as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 5, 2021. The election took place during the 33rd Assembly of the Southwest California Synod, the first virtual assembly in the synod territory. She is the first woman to serve as bishop in the Southwest California Synod, and the first openly lesbian bishop to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her term of office began September 1, 2021, and her Installation took place on September 12, 2021, at the historic Angelica Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, a service that honored the rich immigrant history of Southern California and featured the work of artists throughout the synod.

A native Californian, Bishop Bos was ordained in 2014 in her home congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, a congregation known for its welcome of LGBTQ people. She attended Claremont School of Theology and Pacific Lutheran Theology Seminary, receiving a Masters of Divinity and Certificate of Theological Studies. Before entering the ministry, Bishop-elect Bos was a television producer at Warner Bros. studios, working on sitcoms such as “The George Lopez Show” and “The Golden Girls.” She holds a bachelors degree in Broadcasting from Pepperdine University.

Before her election, she served as the Assistant to the Bishop for Rostered Leadership for Southwest California Synod. She also served Christ Lutheran Church in San Clemente, where the congregation advocated for the rights of unhoused persons, seniors and those living with addiction. She was the first of eight vicars at St Paul's in Santa Monica and served congregations in Canoga Park and Danville, CA.

La Obispa Brenda Bos fue elegida para servir un periodo de seis años como Obispa del Sínodo del Suroeste de California de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de América el 5 de junio del 2021. La elección tuvo lugar durante la 33ª Asamblea del Sínodo del Suroeste de California, que se celebró en línea con participación en vivo y grabada en todo el territorio del sínodo. Ella será la primera obispa abiertamente lesbiana en servir a la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en Estados Unidos, y la primera mujer en servir como obispa del Sínodo del Suroeste de California.

Originalmente de California, la Obispa Bos fue ordenada en 2014 en su congregación natal, la Iglesia Luterana de San Mateo en North Hollywood, una congregación conocida por dar la bienvenida a las personas LGBTQ. Asistió a la Escuela de Teología Claremont y al Seminario de Teología Luterano del Pacífico, recibiendo una Maestría en Divinidad y un Certificado de Estudios Teológicos. Antes de entrar en el ministerio, la Obispa Bos fue productora de televisión en los Estudios Warner Bros., trabajando en comedias (sitcoms) como "The George Lopez Show" y "The Golden Girls". Tiene una licenciatura en Radiodifusión de la Universidad de Pepperdine.

Más recientemente, se ha desempeñado como Asistente del Obispo para el Liderazgo Enlistado para el Sínodo del Suroeste de California. También sirvió a la Iglesia Luterana de Cristo en San Clemente, donde la congregación abogó por los derechos de las personas sin casa, las personas mayores y las que viven con adicción. Fue la primera de ocho vicarios en St Paul's en Santa Mónica y sirvió a congregaciones en Canoga Park y Danville, CA.


  1. Judy & Norman Franz says

    God bless Bishop Brenda, who was our pastor at Christ Lutheran in San Clemente–her first call! Your Synod is in very good and loving hands.

  2. Cecelia Jean TravickJackson says

    Congratulations! God has blessed the Southwest California Synod by making you Bishop elect. I look forward to working with you. My God Bless and strengthen you and your family as you embark on this mission. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer.

  3. Cecelia Jean TravickJackson says

    Congratulations! God has blessed the Southwest California Synod by making you Bishop elect. I look forward to working with you. My God Bless and strengthen you and your family as you embark on this mission. I am lifting you up in prayer.

  4. Karen Musgrove says

    Congratulations! It was a long 2 days (6-4/5-21). Looking forward to new and great things to transpire over the next six years with the Southwest California Synod. God Bless and guide you. My prayers go out to you for guidance.

  5. Karen Musgrove says

    Congratulations and God Bless you Bishop Brenda Bos!
    Looking forward to the great things you will bring to the Southwest California Synod. You are in my prayers for Gods guidence and the works of the Holy Spirit! Peace be with you!

  6. María Elena Montalvo says

    Congratulation God bless you all time and place

  7. MARY WHITMAN says

    Congratulations Bishop Brenda! We were so fortunate to have Bishop Brenda as our Pastor in San Clemente and are delighted she has been elevated to this new position. What a joy and a blessing.

  8. Pr. Ellen Jennrich says

    Congratulations! May God continue to bless your ministry.

  9. Ashlei Snead says

    The Southwest California Synod and ELCA in general is extremely blessed to have Pastor Brenda as our Bishop. May God continue to bless you as you progress on your journey Bishop Brenda!!

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