Cheryl Magness

Managing Editor of Reporter

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Cheryl Magness is managing editor of the print and online versions of Reporter, the official newspaper of the LCMS. She has written for a variety of publications, including The Federalist, Touchstone and The Lutheran Witness, and is a contributor to the book He Restores My Soul from Emmanuel Press. She has degrees in English and music and enjoys playing piano and spending time with her family.

From the mission field: Rwanda

The Lutheran Mission in Africa—Synod of a Thousand Hills is a young Lutheran church body that began in Rwanda about six years ago. 

Campus clips – Concordias expand space and programs

Updates from LCMS colleges, universities and seminaries.

Synod president releases statement on pending Equality Act legislation

If signed into law, the bill would have a significant and wide-ranging impact on Christian churches, schools, institutions and individuals.

Egger accepts call to serve as CSL president

Egger will transition to his new role in mid-March and be formally installed in August.

CTCR provides updated vaccine fact sheet

The fact sheet, titled “The LCMS and COVID-19 Vaccines: Facts and Considerations,” was first released in January.

Photo essay: Sent to Serve—National Lutheran Schools Week 2021

Photo essay: Sent to Serve—National Lutheran Schools Week 2021. An oft-repeated theme of 2020 was “together apart”: finding strength in shared experience even while being physically distant.

Synod to celebrate ‘Here I Stand’ Sunday in April

On April 18, the Synod will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic speech at the Diet of Worms by observing “Here I Stand” Sunday,

New paper studies pastoral formation before seminary

Written by the Rev. Dr. James Baneck, executive director of the LCMS Office of Pastoral Education, the paper notes the lifelong character of pastoral formation: 

ONM grants support resiliency programs for the Synod’s workers

Funds for the grants came from the Soldiers of the Cross—Amplified program.

CSP announces tuition guarantee for church work students

Beginning in Fall 2021, full-time students at Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP), St. Paul, Minn., who pursue a course of study leading to a degree in church work will pay no more than $6,000 in tuition each academic year.

Congregations vote to delay Synod convention

The measure was approved by over 90%, with more than 60% of the Synod’s congregations participating in the vote.

Egger called as 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

The Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Egger, Gustav and Sophie Butterbach Professor of Exegetical Theology and chairman of the Department of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL), has been called to serve as the 11th president in CSL’s 182-year history.

Bull to serve as 11th president of CUNE

Dr. Bernard D. Bull, who currently serves as president of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., will begin his tenure at CUNE in August.

Life conference goes virtual this year

The conference, set for March 19–20, will include both live sessions and on-demand videos, as well as the opportunity to engage with speakers through question-and-answer sessions. 

Concordia College New York announces plan to cease operations, sell campus

On Jan. 28, Concordia College New York (CCNY), Bronxville, N.Y., and Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., issued a joint press release detailing the closure of CCNY in the fall of 2021.

MDFL holds virtual gathering on wide range of topics

Congregation members, workers and leaders from across the LCMS listened, shared and learned during the Making Disciples for Life gathering held via Zoom the evenings of Jan. 11–14.