Laura Barbins was elected bishop on September 11, 2020 and took office December 1, 2020. Prior to her call to the Office of Bishop, she was the pastor of Celebration Lutheran, Chardon, Ohio for 19 years, Interim Pastor at Messiah Lutheran, Fairview Park, Ohio for 1 year, and Associate Pastor for Youth at Holy Trinity, Nashville, Tennessee for 2 years. Holding a PhD in Homiletics and New Testament, Bishop Barbins also taught at Trinity Seminary from 2018-2020.
Bishop Barbins lives in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and four daughters. When able, she enjoys gardening and travel.