On Feb. 22, Lutheran Education Association announced its 2021 list of distinguished educators.
The Rev. Dr. Henry L. Koepchen, who served on the LCMS Board of Directors from 1977 to 1992, died on April 12.
The Rev. Dr. Frazier Norton Odom, former interim executive director of Black Ministry for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, died on April 20 at the age of 83.
The Board of Regents of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), Mequon, Wis., has unanimously selected CUW Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. William Cario to serve as interim president of both CUW and Concordia University Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Rev. Mandla John Khumalo, bishop of the Confessional Lutheran Church in South Africa who fought the apartheid system as a young man, died on March 1.
Roger Allen Drinnon, former director of Editorial Services for the LCMS, died on April 3 in Mascoutah, Ill.
Egger will transition to his new role in mid-March and be formally installed in August.
Dr. Carl Flentge Schalk, composer and retired professor of church music at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., died on Jan. 24 at the age of 91.
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.
Dr. Bernard D. Bull, who currently serves as president of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., will begin his tenure at CUNE in August.
The Rev. Jonathan Dinger, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and School in Pocatello, Idaho, was selected by National Lutheran School Accreditation to receive the 2020 NLSA School Shepherd Award.
The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Serina Jr., who will serve as associate executive director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, replaces the Rev. Dr. Larry Vogel, who retired earlier this year.
Scott D. Browning, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Fort Worth, Texas, was selected by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
The Rev. Paul Timothy McCain, publisher and executive editor at Concordia Publishing House, died on Nov. 25 at the age of 58.
Pittelko, who served as president of the LCMS English District from 1986 to 1997, died on Nov. 11 at the age of 88.
The Rev. Dr. David G. Schmiel, who served as the 15th president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, died on Nov. 3 at the age of 88.