Prior to being elected Bishop of the Southeastern Synod on June 2, 2019, Bishop Strickland served as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Worship of the ELCA. He has been serving in the churchwide office since August of 2014.
Born and raised in Lexington, SC, Bishop Strickland is an honors graduate of Newberry College, Newberry, SC, with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and a minor in History. He also obtained a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC.
Bishop Strickland served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Nashville, TN and St. Paul Lutheran, Maryville, TN prior and has served at Incarnation Lutheran, Columbia, SC, St. Philip’s Lutheran, Newberry, SC, Lutheran Church of Redeemer, Newberry, SC, and Mt. Tabor Lutheran, West Columbia, SC, in the area of youth and family ministry.
Bishop Strickland has served on various local non-profit boards and has a heart for justice and advocacy ministry. He and his spouse, Robby, are excited about what God has in store for the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA and look forward to walking this journey together.