Tapio Luoma

Tapio Luoma (born June 15, 1962) is a Finnish prelate and current Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland since 1 June 2018.

The Most Reverend

Tapio Luoma
Archbishop of Turku
ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Elected2018
Installed1 June 2018
PredecessorKari Mäkinen
Orders
Consecration1 February 2012
by Kari Mäkinen
Personal details
Born (1962-06-15) June 15, 1962
Kurikka, Finland
NationalityFinnish

Biography

Born in Kurikka, Luoma was ordained priest in 1987. He acquired a doctorate in theology in 1999 with his dissertation concerning the relationship between theology and natural sciences.[1] He has worked as a chaplain in Peräseinäjoki between 1987 and 1998, and in Ilmajoki between 1998 and 2002. In 2002 he moved to Seinäjoki as parish priest. He also served as Broadcaster of the Broadcasting Corporation between 1986 and 1987. On 1 February 2012, he was consecrated as bishop of Espoo by Archbishop Kari Mäkinen and installed as bishop on February 12 in Espoo Cathedral.[2] He was elected the Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland on 1 March 2018 and replaced the current Archbishop Kari Mäkinen upon his retirement in June.[3]

Views

Luoma is considered more conservative in his views than his predecessor Archbishop Kari Mäkinen. Luoma opposes church wedding for same-sex couples and holds that marriage is only between a man and a woman.[4] "While Luoma does not support marrying gay couples in the church, he says he will stand behind any decision that the Church makes in the matter."[5]

References

Religious titles
Preceded by
Kari Mäkinen
Archbishop of Turku and Finland
2018 – present
Incumbent
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