Media Alert: Philadelphia-area Lutherans to hold historic installation

Bishop Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport is the first African-American woman elected bishop in the history of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Rev. Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport of Philadelphia will be installed as Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 2 pm, at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia.

Overwhelmingly elected by the Synod on May 5, 2018, Bishop took office on August 1. She is the first African-American woman elected a bishop in the ELCA. There are now two African-American women serving as ELCA bishops.

Bishop Davenport will be installed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. The Rev. Dr. Wyvetta Bullock, assistant to the ELCA presiding bishop and executive for administration, will preach the sermon. Bishops, clergy and leaders from across the ELCA and interfaith leaders from greater Philadelphia will participate in the service. Nearly 2,000 worshippers from the synod and the ELCA are expected to attend.

To arrange coverage of the installation service, or to schedule an interview with Bishop Davenport, contact Bob Fisher, assistant to the bishop for communications, at 267.323.3743 or email