Gary B. Walter was elected the ninth president of the Chicago-based Evangelical Covenant Church June 25 at the denomination’s annual meeting in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Walter succeeds retiring president Glenn Palmberg. Walter, 53, served as the executive minister of the denomination’s church growth and evangelism department, where he oversaw a growth rate of about 56 percent through new church plants and other projects. The denomination has about 115,000 U.S. members and was founded by Swedish immigrants in 1885.


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