Columbia pastor elected successor to synod bishop

June 23, 2000

The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche, pastor of Columbia's New Hope Lutheran Church, has been elected bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Knoche, elected on the fifth ballot Saturday during the synod's assembly at Western Maryland College in Westminster, will assume leadership on Sept. 1, after Bishop George Paul Mocko retires.

Knoche, 57, began his career as assistant pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster in 1967 and was an associate chaplain at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1974. He spent 17 years as director of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin before coming to New Hope Lutheran Church in 1991.

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