Bishop-Elect 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, which was held online with live and recorded participation throughout the synod territory.

A native Californian, Pastor 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.

Most recently, she has 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.

Bishop-elect Bos lives with her wife and adult son. She will be the first openly lesbian bishop to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Comments(7)

  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.
    Blessings,
    Cecelia

  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.
    Blessings,
    Cecelia

  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.

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