Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour”
As speaker emeritus of “The Lutheran Hour,” Pastor Ken Klaus is known for one thing: preaching Christ crucified and risen. Before his appointment to this position, Klaus was administrative pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. He also has served as a parish pastor in Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota. From 1996 to 2000, he functioned as the international pastoral advisor for the International Lutheran Laymen’s League, the sponsoring organization of “The Lutheran Hour.”
As speaker emeritus, Klaus can still be heard the last Sunday of every month. He continues as the author of Lutheran Hour Ministries’ free “Daily Devotions.” Klaus also has written two prayer books: one for use by those in the military and another for those who are providing prayer support at home.
Klaus holds a Master of Theology degree from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Ill., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-seminary studies from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind. In December 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wis.
Rev. Todd E. Kollbaum
Director, Rural & Small Town Mission, LCMS Office of National Mission
As director of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM) the Rev. Todd E. Kollbaum oversees the development of resources, leadership training and ministerial support programs to equip congregations in rural and small towns for local and regional outreach and engagement.
Before accepting the call to RSTM in 2013, Kollbaum served as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Mo., a call he accepted in 2004. He also has served as the chair of the LCMS Missouri District’s Rural Small Town Ministry Task Force and as president of the Sedalia, Mo., Circuit Pastor’s Conference.
Chaplain Craig G. Muehler
Director, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces
Chaplain Craig Muehler, a retired U.S. Navy captain, serves as the director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. He began serving in this position in August 2014, after retiring as deputy chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps.
As director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, Muehler is the chief liaison to the 160-plus LCMS chaplains serving in all branches of the military — both active and reserve — and the Civil Air Patrol.
A native of Springfield, Ill., Muehler grew up in South Dakota and Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., in 1984 and his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1988. He earned his Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., in 2001.
Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford
Senior pastor, Zion Lutheran Church and School, Mayer, Minn.
The Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford is a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. He went on to graduate from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 2002 and STM, 2003). Woodford holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Outreach from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2011). His first call was to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Wis., where he served as associate pastor of the 3,330-member congregation and parochial school. Since November 2005, he has served as senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School in the small town of Mayer, Minn.