English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


May 12, 2023

Professional Church Workers Conference

The 2023 Professional Church Workers Conference was held at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, May 9-11, 2023. Guest speakers included Rev. Richard Snow, Nebraska District President; Rev. Dr. David Scaer, Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN; and Rev. John Wille, South Wisconsin District President. Special thanks to Rev. James Gau and the members of Fairlawn Lutheran Church for their warm hospitality.

Board of Directors Meeting

The English District Board of Directors met May 8-9, 2023, at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH.

Assistant to the Bishop's Visit

On Saturday, May 6, 2023, The Rev. Derek Mathers, Assistant to Bishop Hardy and Mission Executive, spoke to the LWML Philadelphia Zone Rally at Bethany, Ewing, NJ, about missions of the English District.

Divine Calls

Call Returned

The Rev. Joseman T. Hoem (Indiana District) has returned the Divine Call to serve as Sole Pastor of Redeemer, Oakmont, PA.

Roger D. Pittelko Award

Congratulations to The Rev. Dr. Frederic W. Baue, recipient of “The Roger D. Pittelko award – He Loved the Church.” The award was presented to Pastor Baue by Bishop Jamison Hardy during the 2023 Professional Church Workers Conference in Fairlawn, OH.


We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Thus, as ones who have received His love and compassion, we love our neighbor and have compassion on those who are in need. 

The adoption of parentless children is a beautiful and powerful reflection of our Heavenly Father’s sacrificial love for us! As St. Paul writes, "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4:4-7) Indeed, throughout the history of the Church, Christians have rescued and adopted children in need, bringing them into God’s Kingdom through the waters of Baptism, raising and nurturing them.  

God showers His richest blessings through adoption! A birth mother (and father), often dealing with a surprise pregnancy and tempted toward abortion, is encouraged to choose life for her baby, knowing that a loving family awaits to raise him/her. An adoptive family is able to fulfill its desire to expand and provide a safe, stable, and loving home for a child in need.

Is God calling on you to adopt? We recognize that the process can be intimidating but help is available.

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LPNI Study Tour of Romania 2023

The schedule has been finalized for the 2023 LPNI Study tour to Bucharest and Brasov Romania. This will be an exciting, educational, and unique tour. There will be a visit to a pastor that served in the LCMS English District at First Lutheran Church, El Cajon, CA. He is presently a missionary/theological educator in Bucharest, Romania and surrounding countries. We will not only learn of the rich Lutheran history in the area of Transylvania, Romania, but will also be able to learn about the Lutheran impact today in this country. Click here for the registration form; please prayerfully consider if this is a journey for you.

Contact Sue Neff, RN, tour coordinator, for general information and registration.

Start Your Doctor of Business Administration Journey

Concordia University Wisconsin provides the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in a Lutheran community. Our program develops ethical and respected leaders that inspire growth and change in their organizations, communities, and congregations.

Click here for an introductory message from Dr. Matthew Hurtienne.

Our scholar-practitioner curriculum is applicable to the needs, issues, and demands facing today’s church leaders. As a DBA student, you will enhance your skills and expertise to implement new practices that can make a true difference in your congregation and the lives of its members.

The online DBA program at Concordia is truly focused on flexibility and work-life balance. We understand that your role as a pastor will need to be the priority over your academics during certain times of this three-year program. Our program includes online courses and group discussions, along with easy accessibility to faculty. This all makes for a feasible program for pastors actively engaged in their church communities.

The next DBA cohort, or group of students, will start their DBA journey in July 2023. And it begins with an in-person residency on Concordia’s campus in Mequon, WI. Engage in an enlightening experience where you will meet current DBA students, our dedicated faculty, and support staff that will be with you every step of the way.

Apply by June 1 to be in the next DBA cohort.

We understand you need all the information you can get when making a life-changing decision to pursue your DBA. Here are a few options to get the answers you need.

Email Dr. Matthew Hurtienne, Dean and DBA Program Director, who will provide further insight on this doctorate program.

Schedule a 1-on-1 call with one of our Concordia experts to discuss everything from admissions, requirements, cost, and more!

Visit the DBA website.

Pastoral Leadership: Shepherding and Caring for God's People

A book for pastors and church leaders, Pastoral Leadership: Shepherding and Caring for God's People uses the context of biblical accounts and figures to offer practical advice and counsel on aspects of pastoral leadership.

The author, Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, draws from more than 20 years of experience as a pastor and bishop to encourage pastors to be actively engaged in what is going on throughout the life of the parish and lead their congregations instead of passively following them.


Publishing Date: June 20, 2023

Pre-orders and Kindle downloads are available by clicking on this link: Pastoral Leadership

News from the Kreys

The Krey family continues to do mission work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Click here to read more from the Kreys in their May newsletter.

Prayer Requests

The Bible's promise is true: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us - 1 John 5:14.

District daily prayers for June are located on our website.

Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. If you have a prayer request you would like shared in this newsletter, email the District office.

LCMS Foundation

Contact Ron Grimm, English District Planning Counselor, 412-584-7039 or visit www.LCMSFoundation.org.
Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund, for more information at 317-402-9401.

In Our Churches

Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church participated in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5.

Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI

Martin Luther Chapel celebrated the confirmation of three young members on Sunday, May 7.

Immanuel, Howell, MI

Immanuel Lutheran Church hosted the English District Greater Detroit Zone LWML Spring Rally and Luncheon on Saturday, May 6, 2023.  Twenty LWML members and guests heard the word of God, offered prayers, and enjoyed a hymn sing. Zone members also made plans for hosting the 2024 English District LWML Convention to be held in Detroit. The rally concluded with a delicious luncheon and a time for lively conversation and fellowship.

Trinity, New Lenox, IL

Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated the confirmation of five youth on Sunday, May 7.

In Our Schools

Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Christ the King celebrated Preschool Sunday on the 5th Sunday of Easter. Preschoolers sang for members/parents "Obedience" (3's Classes), "Our God Is So Great" (4's Classes), and "King of the Jungle" (both 3's/4's).

Immanuel, Alexandria, VA

Immanuel Lutheran Upper School campers had a blast on their outdoor adventures last week!

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We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those in your community and around the world.





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