Archibishop Lauma Zusevica, of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, will preach at Mt Zion as part of our Year-Long Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
One Service on April 23 at 9:30 am
This week there will be only one service at 9:30 am, followed by an After-Easter brunch in Fellowship Hall, which will include ham sandwiches, cheesy potato casserole, relish and veggie trays, and dessert. ALL ARE WELCOME!
First woman Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church abroad
Lauma Zusevica, the first woman to be elected as the Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad, was installed in April, 2015, at Mt Zion in a joyous celebratory service that was broadcast online worldwide. She was born in Cleveland. In 1976, she acquired B.A. degree in religious sciences and languages at the Cleveland State University. In 1980, she received M. Ph. degree in religious sciences at the Yale University. She was ordained pastor in June 1978, in Cleveland.
In her work, Lauma focused her attention on young people and children. On February 10, 1980 the congregation of Long Island chose Lauma as their pastor. Lauma married the architect Ivars Zušēvics in July 1980 . They have two daughters – Zīle and Kaija. A great blessing and joy of the family is grandson Paul (Zīle and Kārlis’ Rudzītis’ son), born in 2011.
Due to her husband’s working conditions, Lauma moved to Chicago in 1984. She continued to lead LELBA Youth sector, conducted worship services in the US Midland County. In 1985, she started to serve in St. John’s church in Milwaukee, WI, which after the merger of three congregations became St. Trinity church. From 1990 to 1993, Lauma conducted the LELBA School and Christian education sector. In October 1995 LELBA Midland County Conference elected Lauma as the area spiritual leader, in February 1996 the Archbishop introduced her to the Dean’s office. LELBA Milwaukee Synod in 2005, Washington Synod in 2008 and the Indianapolis Synod in 2011 elected Lauma the chairwoman of the LELBA. She continues in this work to this day, as well as serves as pastor at Milwaukee St. Trinity Church, Fond Du Lac Martin Luther community and Wisconsin Rapids community.