Throughout the LCMS, exciting progress is being made in Disability Ministry! For the past several years, the LCMS Disability Task Force has been focused on efforts in supporting, equipping and developing congregations to be more inclusive of people living with disabilities in our local communities.
Mona Fuerstenau is chairwoman of the LCMS Disability Task Force, and she has served in this field since 1980. The lifelong Lutheran – who has been the parent of two children with diverse support needs for 25 years – is devoted to equipping people with the knowledge to create churches, schools and community environments fully inclusive of families who experience disabilities. Fuerstenau’s roles and honors include: Member of LCMS Northwest District Disability Awareness Task Force since 2006; governor’s appointment to the Washington State Developmental Disability Council; member of the Portland Lutheran Association of Christian Education board; ministry consultant with Bethesda Lutheran Communities in the Religious Life Department; and graduate of Western Washington University (speech pathology) with post-baccalaureate studies at Oregon State University (gerontology and counseling).