VANCOUVER – On the morning of June 7, Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee was unanimously acclaimed as President of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) for another term.
President Bugbee is scheduled to address the convention regarding his reelection on Sunday afternoon.
Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee was first elected President of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) in 2008. He was acclaimed without opposition to a second term in 2011. Since 2010, President Bugbee has also served as Vice-Chairman of the International Lutheran Council, a global association of confessional Lutheran church bodies of which LCC is a member.
Born in Ohio in 1955, President Bugbee earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in German language and literature from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 1977. A portion of his undergraduate studies took place at the University of Bonn, Germany. In 1981 he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. During his seminary career he also participated for one year in an exchange program with the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel, Germany. More recently, the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, awarded him the degree Doctor of Divinity honoris causa in 2010.
As LCC’s national bishop, President Bugbee has traveled and spoken extensively, both in Canada and abroad. He writes regularly for The Canadian Lutheran magazine, and has been a contributor to such publications as Tägliche Andachten and Concordia Pulpit Resources. He is strongly concerned with the strengthening of local congregations through a vigourous and faithful pastoral ministry, with primary emphasis on clear, Biblical preaching and teaching.
Prior to accepting the call to serve as LCC President, Rev. Bugbee served as senior pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario from 1994-2008. He previously served congregations in London, Ontario; St. Catharines, Ontario; and Albertville, Minnesota. He also served in the former Ontario District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a circuit counselor (1983-1985), as a Vice President in what became the LCC’s East District (1985-1988, 1994-2000), and briefly as a national Vice President of Lutheran Church-Canada (1988-1989) after its organizing convention.
Pastor Bugbee married the former Gail D. Longaven in 1981. A gracious God blessed their union with four children. Although he is frequently traveling, he and Gail maintain their permanent residence near the LCC national office in Winnipeg.