Schave, Wood to lead new national mission initiative

The Revs. Steve Schave and Mark Wood will take on the roles of directors of Church Planting and Revitalization, respectively, in work mandated by the 2013 LCMS convention.

Former Atlantic District President Ronald Fink dies

Fink, 77, died Dec. 27 at his home in Drums, Pa.

Simpson again leads LCMS Joint Seminary Fund

Cindy L. Simpson begins Dec. 15 as director of the Synod’s Joint Seminary Fund, with LCMS Mission Advancement.

Semler heads Asia Lutheran Education Association

As ALEA Executive Director, Karin L. Semler will help ALEA member schools learn from each other and network regionally and internationally.

Schreiber to receive Silver St. Martin of Tours Medal

Chaplain Mark Schreiber of Palm Coast, Fla., will receive the highest honor given by the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces.

Seven pastors chosen as DOXOLOGY collegium fellows

DOXOLOGY inducts seven pastors, as collegium researches tough topics.

Former New England District President James Keurulainen dies

The funeral service is set for 9:30 a.m. (EST) Nov. 4 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dedham, Mass.

Engfehr receives Red Cross award

The Rev. Bill Engfehr, an LCMS emergency-services chaplain in Collinsville, Ill., receives the Red Cross Community Preparedness and Resiliency Award.

Golter to lead 2017 Reformation celebration, ‘Preach the Word’ effort

The Rev. Randall Golter will lead the Synod’s 2017 Reformation-celebration planning and the new LCMS preaching-enhancement program.

LCMS Youth Ministry announces staff changes

The Rev. Mark Kiessling is now interim director of LCMS Youth Ministry and the Rev. Dr. Terry Dittmer is Youth Ministry’s senior director — youth ministry specialist.

Muehler installed as director of armed forces ministry

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, who began work in the new post Aug. 28, succeeds Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber.

John Schaller, Foundation Board of Trustees member, dies

A memorial service is planned for Sept. 27 at Grace Lutheran Church, Pocatello, Idaho.

Five installed to LCMS staff positions

They are the Rev. Marcus Zill, the Rev. Mark Wood, Matthew Bergholt, Deaconess Mireya Johnson and Ross Stroh.

McMiller installed as OIM’s director of recruitment

The Rev. Dan McMiller is installed Aug. 14 as director of recruitment for the LCMS Office of International Mission.

Dr. James Koerschen dies

Dr. James Koerschen, former president of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., dies July 17 at age 67.

Simon named VP at LCMS Foundation

Ralph Simon — formerly with Concordia Plan Services — is the Foundation’s new vice-president of Investment Services.