Guy Erwin

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Reverend Dr. R. Guy Erwin
Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
See Southwest California Synod
In office May 31, 2013 - current
Predecessor Dean Nelson
Successor Incumbent

The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin is a U.S. Lutheran clergyman. He was elected in 2013 to a six-year term as bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Erwin is the first Native American bishop elected to office in the ELCA, and is a member of the Osage Nation. He is also the first openly-gay bishop in the ELCA, and has lived in a committed same-sex relationship for 20 years. He and Rob Flynn were married in August, 2013.[1]

Bishop Erwin received the from Harvard College in 1980. He holds the M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. From 1993-1999 he was Lecturer in Church History in the Yale Divinity School where he taught History of Western Christianity as well as courses on Martin Luther, the Pietists and other specialities. During the 2006-2007 academic year he was Visiting Professor at YDS while on sabbatical from California Lutheran University where he has taught since 2000.


  1. ^ Press release (6/1/2013). "The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin Elected Bishop". Southwest California Synod, ELCA.  Check date values in: |date= (help)