First Lutheran Church
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Fairfield, Iowa



Bishop Michael Burk - Bishop Burk is bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a graduate of Wartburg College (B.A.), Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Iowa (M.A. and Ph.D.). In 2001, Bishop Burk was named the “Albert E. Stone Distinguished Alumnus in American Studies” by the University of Iowa.
From 2001 until his election in 2008, Bishop Burk served as the ELCA executive for worship and liturgical resources. On behalf of the Office of the Presiding Bishop and the churchwide ministries of the ELCA, he spoke and taught on matters related to Word and Sacrament. Bishop Burk was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Wartburg Theological Seminary in recognition of his evangelical leadership, reflected in the development of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and in his continuing ministry on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Ordained in 1987, Bishop Burk served Zion Lutheran Church, Dysart, Iowa and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, Waverly, Iowa. He also served as interim pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Newton, Iowa.
Bishop Burk is a member of the Consultation on Common Texts, the North America Academy of Liturgy, and the American Academy of Religion. He serves on the boards of Grand View University, Luther College, Lutheran Services in Iowa, and Iowa Health Systems, Des Moines.