The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) recently selected an Ohioan to lead its denomination during a convocation held at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run in Hilliard.

The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) recently selected an Ohioan to lead its denomination during a convocation held at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run in Hilliard.

On Aug. 11-12, the Rev. John F. Bradosky of Circleville was elected and installed as bishop of the NALC on the first ballot during a denominational convocation held at the UALC. He was one of four candidates for the post. For the next four years, Bradosky will lead a denomination that was constituted last August in Grove City and now consists of more than 250 congregations with more than 100,000 Lutherans.

"It's a wonderful opportunity, and one you take on trusting in God's grace in Christ and the power and work of the Holy Spirit, but also the faithful prayers and support of people that are stretched across this whole nation," Bradosky said.

As bishop of the NALC, Bradosky, 59, said he will be the church's chief evangelist, spokesperson and a pastor to its pastors.

"Of course, we're also heavily committed to growing this church, and we think there are lots of other folks who will want to join us as we move forward," Bradosky said.

Among them are the 5,600-member UALC, which Bradosky said is one of the NALC's largest congregations. The congregation voted last October to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the NALC.

"The issues really center on both the authority of the scriptures and our way of interpreting and using the scriptures," Bradosky said. "The folks that are joining us are congregations that have a high level of commitment to the authority of the word, believe that God's word can be understood and interpreted faithfully by ordinary folks as well, and that it does have relevance with regard to applying it to our current life situations."

Bradosky said he hopes to launch new congregations, such as one on the East Side of Columbus, from the Mill Run offices.

He said makes the 65-to-75-minute commute from Circleville to Hilliard a couple times a week, and he calls it an easy drive.

"I think that Bishop Bradosky intends to have the office at Mill Run for at least the foreseeable future," UALC senior pastor Paul Ulring said. "We have a great facility, and the nice thing is they (the NALC) only occupy office space when they need it."

Bradosky said he is so busy speaking to other congregations and pastors that he has yet to preach at the UALC and has only spoken to his home congregation twice this year.

"He needs to get out to places he needs to get out to," Ulring said. "He doesn't need to glad-hand our congregation. We're on board."