THE Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea has a new head bishop.
Reverend Jack Urame from Goroka District was elected by the 30th synod of the church held at Heldsbach near Finschhafen in Morobe Province.
Reverend Urame replaces the outgoing head, Bishop Giegere Wenge.
An exhaustive voting system by 510 delegates from 17 church districts led to the outcome.
Lucas Kidabing from Yabim District was voted in as Assistant Bishop replacing Reverend Zao Rapa and General Secretary Albert Toakave was replaced by Bernard Kaisom from Karkar District.
This is the first time a non-Morobean has occupied the post, as Bishop Urame hails originally from Sinasina in Simbu.
Many Lutherans welcomed the election results and describe it as the changing of the old guard with neutral persons voted in.
A formal handover ceremony will take place in March.