Donald Kreiss

Board Member

Don Kreiss is the bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Kreiss was elected bishop May 14, 2011 at the synod’s assembly in Farmington Hills, Michigan and was re-elected by the assembly on May 4, 2017 to a second term. Prior to his election, Bishop Kreiss was senior pastor of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills.
Bishop Kreiss grew up as a member of the United Methodist Church. As an undergraduate student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., a friend invited him to the University Lutheran Church in Evanston, where he had a positive campus ministry experience.
Born in Milwaukee, Kreiss earned a BA from Northwestern University and an M. SC. in Medieval Languages from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Following his ordination in 1992, Kreiss served as pastor of King of Glory Evangelical Lutheran Church, Flushing, Mich., before he became pastor at Antioch Lutheran Church. Kreiss was a conference dean in the Southeast Michigan Synod, a member of the Alumni Board of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, an Internship Supervisor, and a member of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association.
Kreiss and his wife, Kristin, are parents of two (nearly adult) children, Kate and Perry. The family resides in West Bloomfield, Mich.