The Rev. William J. Gohl Jr.


The Rev. William (Bill) Gohl Jr. was first elected to be bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA at the 2016 Synod Assembly, and was then re-elected on the first ballot at the 2022 Synod Assembly with 94% of the vote. Prior to being called to this work, Bishop Gohl was Lead Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church and Intern Supervisor/Vice Pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, both in Baltimore. Previously, the bishop served at Peace Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie and vice pastorates at Our Saviour, Lansdowne; Zion, City Hall Plaza; Faith, North Avenue and assisted at All Saints, Loch Raven and Peoples Community, Baltimore.

He attended Gettysburg College (BA, 1996) as well as the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (MDiv, 2000). He is caught-up somewhere between an STM and DMin at United Lutheran Seminary

Bill is married to the Rev. Arwyn Pierce Gohl and they have four children, Saliese, David, Andrew and Joyanne.

The Gohls make their home in the northeast corner of Baltimore City and enjoy time with their families; the Gohl side in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania (by way of Long Island, where the bishop grew up) and the Pierce side in Fairhaven, Massachusetts