January 28, 2006

Lutheran bishop resigns after admitting sexual misconduct

The Arizona Republic

Michael Clancy
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Arizona's Lutheran bishop has resigned after admitting he engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman.

Since 2001, Michael Neils, 56, had served as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-Grand Canyon Synod. It covers Arizona and Las Vegas.

Neils also resigned as an ordained minister.

He is the second Lutheran bishop to resign after admitting sexual misconduct. In 1996, the bishop in North Carolina quit after he admitted to sexual misconduct with a woman.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2006 11:45 AM