Institutions Lutherans take surprise step in electing female presiding bishop By Sarah Pulliam Bailey | August 15, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Institutions Subscribe to Institutions Lutherans elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton to be its first female presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is married to the Rev. Conrad Selnick (left), an Episcopal priest. Photo courtesy of ELCA News Service. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton will take over from Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who will step down after 12 years of overseeing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the country’s largest denominations.