Marie C. Jerge

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Rev. Marie C. Jerge (née Scharfe, born c. 1953) is a former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College[1] and a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.[2] She was ordained as a minister in 1978.[3]

She was elected in 2002 to a six-year term as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Upstate New York Synod. She was the sixth woman to be elected as a synod bishop in the ELCA. Jerge (YER-gee),[4][5] succeeded the Rev. Lee M. Miller, who did not seek re-election after serving as bishop of the synod for 10 years. She was installed on September 21, 2002.[6][7]

In her time as bishop, she oversaw 198 churches with over 150,000 congregants.[8] She requested the resignation of a pastor who was accused of sexual activity with multiple minors in 2004.[9] In January 2009, during the Gaza War, she traveled with a delegation of American bishops to Israel and Palestine to meet with local officials.[10]

She led the final service at Christ Lutheran Church in Little Falls, New York.[11]

Jerge has written on the benefits of immigration reform.[12]

She received an honorary degree from Thiel College in 2006.[13]

After serving two terms, she was succeeded in 2014 by John S. Macholz.[14]

Personal life

Jerge was born Marie Charlotte Scharfe[15] in Mineola, New York.[2] Her father, Charles L. Scharfe Jr., was vice chairman and chief executive officer of L. K. Comstock & Company.[15]

Jerge married James N. Jerge in 1977;[15][1] he is also a minister in the ELCA.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Marie Scharfe Sets Marriage to a Cleric". The New York TImes: p. 64. 1977-03-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wineinger, Amy; Luisi, Mary (2002-06-24). "Marie Jerge Elected Bishop of ELCA Upstate New York Synod" (in en). 
  3. "Rev. Jerge Speaker at AAUW Meeting". Dunkirk Evening Observer: p. 8. 1988-10-14. 
  4. Jacobs, Jennifer (2002-09-22). "New Lutheran Bishop Makes Local History: Faithful Cheer Marie C. Jerge as CNY Leader of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America". The Syracuse Post-Standard: p. B1, B5. 
  5. "Syracuse gets first female Evangelical Lutheran Bishop". Mount Carmel Daily Republican Register: p. 1B. 2002-09-27. 
  6. "Religion Briefs". Del Rio News-Herald: p. 5A. 2002-09-28. 
  8. Gadoua, Renee (2003-06-03). "Lutheran Bishop cites challenges". The Syracuse Post-Standard: p. B3. 
  9. Goller, Robert Lowell (2004-02-12). "MARILLA PASTOR QUITS AMID SEX ALLEGATIONS". 
  10. Tokaz, Jay (2009-01-05). "Lutheran bishop is visiting Israel and Palestinians" (in en-us). The Buffalo News. 
  11. Chanatry, David (2014-02-13). "Church closures become a sign of changing times, demographics" (in en). 
  12. "Immigration reform will benefit Upstate New York: Commentary from Bishop Marie Jerge" (in en). 2013-10-03. 
  13. "Honorary Degree Recipients | Thiel College". 
  14. Lensing, Jeremy (2014-06-03). "John Macholz elected bishop of the ELCA Upstate New York Synod" (in en). 
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Rev. James N. Jerge Weds Marie Charlotte Scharfe". The New York Times. 28 August 1977. 
  16. Voell, Paula (21 November 2003). "Clergy couples: God calls some people to combine marriage with ministry, and it isn't always a heavenly union" (in en-us). The Buffalo News. 

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