Paula Schlueter Ross

Managing Editor of Reporter

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Paula Schlueter Ross (1953–­2019), former managing editor of Reporter, was a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. During her nearly 35-year career with the LCMS, she wrote for both Reporter and The Lutheran Witness and often took photos to accompany her stories. Ross won 17 national writing awards from the Associated Church Press, including seven first-place “Awards of Excellence.”

Families with LCMS ties suffer wildfire damages

No members of LCMS congregations died, and no LCMS churches were damaged, but almost 50 LCMS families lost their homes in the fires.

Lutheran school students among Las Vegas shooting victims

Twin sisters Natalia and Gianna Baca, seniors at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas, are injured but recovering.

Graphic designer marks 50 years at CPH, with no plans to retire

Jackie Appelt says reaching that milestone at Concordia Publishing House is a “happy surprise.”

Synod prepares response to devastated Puerto Rico

With limited information from Lutherans there, an LCMS assessment team plans to leave for the island Oct. 5.

‘Viral’ photo has Synod connection

The photo of the African-American deputy carrying two white children across floodwaters has been shared widely as a symbol of racial harmony.

Commentary: Hurricane Harvey, prayers and God in action

In the middle of one of the worst natural disasters in history, “we have seen honor in action, love in action and service in action through governments, agencies, churches, families and individuals. But we’ve also seen God in action,” writes Greg Seltz.

LCEF, Thrivent announce funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000, and Thrivent Financial will match donations up to a total of $3 million.

Lutherans helping neighbors in Katy, Texas

Members of Memorial Lutheran Church go door to door, reaching out “to help anyone who has needs.”

‘Journal of Lutheran Mission’ considers Reformation’s impact

The August issue includes essays from the Sixth World Seminaries Conference.

Registration opens for 2018 reconciliation conference

Ambassadors of Reconciliation’s next conference is set for April 12–14 in Manchester, Mo.

Houston-area LCMS churches, pastors, members report flood damages

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working alongside the Texas District to provide physical and spiritual care and comfort to all victims.

Empowerment Center, including Lutheran Hope Center, opens at Ferguson’s ‘ground zero’

LCMS missionary Rev. Micah Glenn and the Lutheran Hope Center are based there, along with community partners.

Black Ministry convocation brings people together in worship, learning, fellowship

More than 540 people attend the LCMS Lutherans in Black Ministry Family Convocation, July 12-16 in Birmingham, Ala.

Bethesda: Enhancing lives, sharing Jesus

Bethesda Lutheran Communities expands beyond its beloved but outdated Watertown, Wis., campus to more than 300 locations, continuing to integrate people with developmental disabilities into their local communities.

Missionaries blessed for service in seven countries

After a two-week orientation, 10 missionaries are “sent” to serve in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Peru, Spain and Uganda.

Day to succeed Robertson as LCEF president, CEO

The Rev. Bart Day begins work Sept. 1 in the Lutheran Church Extension Fund post, succeeding Rich Robertson, who retires Oct. 1.