Rev. James Hazelwood preached on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the 300 Washington St campus of Faith Lutheran Church, Middletown CT to celebrate the chartering of the new congregation.
The Rev. James E. Hazelwood was elected June 9 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was elected on the fifth ballot at the synod's assembly June 8-10 in Springfield, Mass.
He has been pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown, Rhode Island since 1993. During his tenure there, the congregation grew in membership and mission, began a preschool, added a series of summer day camps, launched an AIDS respite care, developed a Faith in Action ministry for serving the community, constructed a new education wing, initiated a global mission relationship in Honduras, and established two alternative style worship services.
Prior to his ministry in Charlestown, he served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY, and served as superintendent of its affiliated Pre-K through 8th grade parochial school. He was ordained on August 9, 1987. He completed his internship at the two-point parish of Burr Oak and Hesper Lutheran parishes in Northeast Iowa. It was here that he finally understood Garrison Keillor.
Born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1959, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran College, and a Master of Divinity following studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. In 2001, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.