Congratulate the Bishop Elect


Diocesan Dean Juhana Pohjola

God willing, the Reverend Juhana Pohjola, ThD, will be installed into the Episcopal office  on Sunday 1 August 2021. The installation is to take place in southwestern Finland (Loimaa) during the summer festivities of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland.

Upon entering into office Rev. Juhana will be the first full-time Bishop of the Mission Diocese. Bishop Risto Soramies, who preceeded Rev. Juhana, tended to the office during his retirement years, as did Bishop Emeritus Matti Väisänen prior to him. The responsibility of the Bishop of the Mission Diocese is to uphold the proper preaching of the Word and the administration of the Sacraments in the congregations. Further, he is to bolster spiritual unity, be the shepherd of the pastors as well as direct the overall work of the Diocese.

Juhana Pohjola in brief:

  • Age: 49
  • married (Päivi Pohjola) with four children
  • ordained in 1999
  • Dean of the Luther Foundation Finland 2000-2013
  • Diocesan Dean of the Mission Diocese 2013-
  • Doctor of Theology in 2015

Remember Pastor Juhana in our prayers

We invite you to remember Rev. Juhana and his family in your prayers as he prepares himself for this new calling.

Congratulate the new Bishop

We wish to offer you the possibility to send a congratulatory message to Pastor Juhana upon his installation. By filling in the following fields, you can send a personal message to the bishop elect. All the messages will be collected and delivered after the installation.

Financial support

The bishop will be presented with the bishop’s crosier, vestments and pectoral cross. The installation ceremony will naturally incur extra costs. You may, if you so desire, participate in covering these expenses. Nonetheless, the largest change is the fact that beginning on 1 September the Mission Diocese will have a salaried bishop. You too can have the possibility to support the Mission Diocese and its bishop with regular donations.

Below, you will find banking information. Underneath that are fields for sending your congratulatory messages.


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Congratulatory message

    Sami Niemi

    Secretary of the Diocese

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