Bishop Gregory Pile, of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will retire Aug. 31 after 21 years of leading the synod.
A reception for Pile will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Friedens Lutheran Church in Freidens, Somerset County.
The synod is made up of 116 congregations in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon and Somerset counties and in Grantsville, Md.
Pile, who was born in Somerset, earned an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in 1971 and a Master of Divinity degree from the the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg four years later. He was ordained by the Central Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA in 1975.
Before being elected bishop of the synod in 1993, Pile served as pastor at New Centerville Lutheran Parish in Rockwood and St. David’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Davidsville.
During his tenure, Pile held several leadership positions, including as advisory bishop to the ELCA Church Council and chairman of the Pennsylvania Lutheran Network. He also was a member of the Conference of Bishops Executive Committee. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Specialized Ministry from LTSG, his alma mater.