Candidates for Election

LCMS National Convention   •   July 20-25, 2019   •   Tampa, Florida


The following slate of candidates will be presented for election in association with the 2019 convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which is scheduled for July 20–25 in Tampa, Fla.

Ballots for President, First Vice-President, and the regional vice-presidents were determined by a numerical congregational ballot process. Candidates for Secretary and for boards and commissions of the Synod were determined by the Committee for Convention Nominations.

The Committee for Convention Nominations and the Secretary of the Synod express their appreciation to congregations and others that participated in the nominating process, and thanks to all nominees who have allowed their names to be considered for elected positions in the Synod.

— John W. Sias, Secretary, LCMS

Official Notice: 2019 President and Vice-President Nominations Official Notice: 2019 Secretary, Boards and Commissions Nominations

 

 



 

President

Presidential candidates: Matthew C. Harrison, David P. E. Maier, Timothy M. Klinkenberg

(Left to right) Harrison, Maier, Klinkenberg

 

The three candidates who received the highest number of votes for the office of President and have given their consent to serve if elected are:

  • Matthew C. Harrison, 1181
  • David P. E. Maier, 947
  • Timothy M. Klinkenberg, 638

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First Vice-President

Of those receiving the highest number of nominating votes for the office of First Vice-President, the following 20 candidates have given their consent to serve if elected:

    • John C. Wille, 457
    • Peter K. Lange, 436
    • Scott C. Sailer, 342
    • John R. Denninger, 273
    • Jacob A. O. Preus III, 272
    • Paul A. Linnemann, 234
    • Derek G. Lecakes, 197
    • Lawrence R. Rast Jr., 81
    • Timothy M. Klinkenberg, 76
    • Scott R. Murray, 73
    • Clint K. Poppe, 43
    • Christopher S. Esget, 23
    • John C. Wohlrabe Jr., 23
    • Nabil S. Nour, 22
    • Daniel L. Gard, 9
    • David A. Floyd, 7
    • Jamison J. Hardy, 7
    • Scott K. Seidler, 6
    • Benjamin T. Ball, 5
    • Dien A. Taylor, 5

 


Regional Vice-Presidents

Of those receiving the highest number of nominating votes for the offices of regional vice-presidents two through six, the following have given their consent to serve if elected:


Central Region Vice-President

    • Benjamin T. Ball, 160
    • Daniel P. May, 85
    • Scott K. Seidler, 81
    • Tyler C. Arnold, 17
    • David R. Nehrenz, 6

 

 

East-Southeast Region Vice-President

    • Christopher S. Esget, 128
    • Jon T. Diefenthaler, 110
    • James Wiggins Jr., 82
    • Kurtis D. Schultz, 73
    • Jeffrey E. Skopak, 68

 

 

Great Lakes Region Vice-President

    • John C. Wohlrabe Jr., 204
    • Randolph H. Raasch, 99
    • Byrene K. (Keith) Haney, 90
    • Matthew W. Rueger, 11
    • Peter C. Bender, 6

 

 

Great Plains Region Vice-President

    • Nabil S. Nour, 272
    • Dean W. Nadasdy, 60
    • William G. Utech, 51
    • Clint K. Poppe, 20
    • Paul J Cain Jr., 9

 

 

West-Southwest Region Vice-President

    • Larry A. Stoterau, 134
    • Robert D. Newton, 129
    • Scott R. Murray, 127
    • Timothy D. Runtsch, 109
    • Kenneth M. (Ken) Hennings, 89

 

 

Regional Vice-President Rankings

  • To be determined

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Secretary

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Jon M. Braunersreuther, TX
  • *John Wollenburg Sias, MO

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LCMS Board of Directors (At-Large)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Steven Jeffrey Buuck, PSW
  • Susan Kay Hewitt, MNS

One (1) Layperson

  • *Christian A. Preus, MNS
  • Linda Stoterau, PSW

 

LCMS Board of Directors (Regional)


Central Region

One (1) Layperson

  • Charles H. Anderson, MDS
  • Andrew Norman Grams, MDS

 

West-Southwest Region

One (1) Layperson

  • James Delano Runzheimer, TX
  • Jesse Lewis Yow, CNH

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Board for National Mission (Regional)


Central Region

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • Robert Albert Leiste, KS
  • *Martha Jane Milas, CI

 

Great Lakes Region

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • *Peter C. Bender, SW
  • James Michael Hill, MI

 

West-Southwest Region

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • *Alfonso O. Espinosa, PSW
  • Glenn Fluegge, PSW

 

East-Southeast Region

One (1) Layperson

  • Janis G. McDaniels, SE
  • Paul Techau, SE

 

Great Plains Region

One (1) Layperson

  • *Carla M. Claussen, MNS
  • Trent D. Demarest, WY

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Board for International Mission (Regional)


East-Southeast Region

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • Dana Allen Brones, FG
  • Jon Thomas Diefenthaler, SE
  • *Roberto E. Rojas, Jr., FG

 

Great Plains Region

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • John Lambert Mehl, NEB
  • *Bernhard M. Seter, ND

 

Central Region

One (1) Layperson

  • *Kristine S. Bruss, KS
  • Cindy Rodewald, MO

 

Great Lakes Region

One (1) Layperson

  • Michael Ryan Hopkins, NI
  • *K. Allan Voss, SW

 

West-Southwest Region

One (1) Layperson

  • *Terence Lung, CNH
  • David Andrew Yow, PSW

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Commission on Theology and Church Relations

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained (parish pastor)

  • Jonathan A. Blanke, SE
  • *Robert A. Dargatz, PSW
  • Matthew W. Rueger, IE

One (1) Layperson

  • Erich Heidenreich, EN
  • *Andrea R. Pitkus, NI
  • Glenn Weingarth PSW

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Concordia Historical Institute, Board of Governors

Two (2) Ministers of Religion—Ordained

  • Rodney Alan Benkendorf, MI
  • David Wayne Palomaki, NEB
  • Robert Vernon Roethemeyer, IN
  • David Patrick Rowold, NE

One (1) Minister of Religion—Commissioned or Layperson

  • Kathleen Graumann, TX
  • *David G. Millar, MO

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Concordia Publishing House, Board of Directors

Four (4) Laypersons

  • Heidi K. Abegg, SE
  • Kimberly Cornett, NEB
  • *Stephanie Ann Egger, IW
  • Thomas R. Halvorson, MT
  • *Angela Maria Hill, WY
  • Sara Kathleen Mulso, MNS
  • *Joseph L. Olson, SW
  • Kent Michael Warneke, NEB

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Lutheran Church Extension Fund, Board of Directors

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained or Commissioned

  • Jason Michael Braaten, CI
  • Daniel Schepmann, TX

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Carthron Parnell Coyner, SE
  • *Susan J. Elsholz, EN
  • Jonathan Howard Kramer, MO
  • Ruben Martinez, PSW
  • Gordon David Tresch, EA
  • Jason L. Wangen, MNS
  • *David P. Worthington, FG

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LCMS Foundation, Board of Trustees

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Ralph Blomenberg, IN
  • Paul Edward Cloeter, MNN

One (1) Layperson

  • *Gregory J. Miller, MO
  • Glenn E. Van Velson, NEB

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Concordia University System, Board of Directors

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Raymond L. Hartwig, SD
  • Kurtis D. Schultz, SO
  • Larry Allen Stoterau, PSW
  • *Orville, C. Walz, NEB

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Boards of Regents (Seminaries)


Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Two (2) Ministers of Religion—Ordained

  • *Dean M. Bell, MNN
  • *William M. Cwirla, PSW
  • Joseph Michael Fisher, SW
  • Korey D. Mass, MI
  • Robert Newton, CNH
  • Matthew W. Rueger, IE
  • Jeffrey Eric Skopak, FG

One (1) Minister of Religion—Commissioned

  • Mark William Meehl, NEB
  • Sara Kathleen Smith, OH

One (1) Layperson

  • *David L. Daniels, SE
  • Noreen Lindberg Linke, RM
  • Glenn Weingarth, PSW

 

Concordia Seminary (St. Louis)

Two (2) Ministers of Religion—Ordained

  • Allen F. Doering, TX
  • Michael Edward Hayes, PSW
  • *Bruce E. Keseman, SI
  • *Todd A. Peperkorn, CNH
  • Andrew W. Smith, MDS

One (1) Minister of Religion—Commissioned

  • Erik Peder Ankerberg, NI
  • Michael Scott Staub, TX

One (1) Layperson

  • Carl Thomas Egger, IE
  • Mark O. Stern, NI
  • Linda Stoterau, PSW
  • Jesse Lewis Yow, CNH

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Boards of Regents (Colleges and Universities)


Concordia College–New York (Bronxville, N.Y.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Jon Thomas Diefenthaler, SE
  • *Jon M. Ellingworth, IE

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Patricia Hoffman, PSW
  • *Ross E. Stueber, NI

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Mark E. Gruenwald, IN
  • Scott Michael Sadlo, NJ
  • Gordon David Tresch, EA
  • *David M. Wolf, NE

 

Concordia University Chicago (River Forest, Ill.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Thomas J. Egger, MO
  • Michael Robert Knox, IE

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Carol Ruth (Umbach) Johnson, NJ
  • Ruth Ericka McDonnell, MO

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Edward Christian Kopff, RM
  • Stanley Carl Lemon, IN
  • James Max Riske, Jr., MI
  • Alison Christine Witte, OH

 

Concordia University, Irvine (Irvine, Calif.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • *Scott C. Klemsz, CNH
  • Matthew Allen Payne, EN

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • *Jeffrey Scott Beavers; PSW
  • Patricia Hoffman; PSW

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Susan Lorraine Christian, RM
  • Laura Grace (Davis) Hemminger, NOW
  • *Peter K. S. Lee, PSW
  • Brian Takashi Yamabe, CNH

 

Concordia University, Nebraska (Seward, Neb.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • *Brad Evan Birtell, NEB
  • James Howard DeLoach, NEB
  • Heath A. Trampe, NEB

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Craig A. Ernstmeyer, MO
  • Robert Scott Fogo; PSW

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Matthew W. Bowers, SI
  • *Timothy Hu, WY
  • John L. Hughes, NEB
  • *Jill M. Johnson, NEB
  • Timothy L. Moll, NEB
  • Andrew P. Stadler, NEB

 

Concordia University, Portland (Portland, Ore.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Jonathan J. Coyne, CNH
  • Richard T. Nuffer, MI
  • *Timothy John Pauls, NOW

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • David Otto Berger, MO
  • David William Black, RM

Two (2) Laypersons

  • *Michael P. Borg, WY
  • Laura Grace (Davis) Hemminger, NOW
  • Stanley Carl Lemon, IN
  • Brian Takashi Yamabe, CNH

 

Concordia University, St. Paul (St. Paul, Minn.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Brent L. Parrish, MNS
  • Dennis Lyle Voss, ND

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Susan Kay Hewitt, MNS
  • *Mark Justin L H'Heureux, NEB

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Paul Clarence Hinz, MNS
  • Lane C. Nordquist, MNS
  • James Delano Runzheimer, TX
  • *Amy Sue Wenthe, MNS
  • Robert P. Wurl, ND

 

Concordia University Texas (Austin, Texas)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Michael P. Dorn, TX
  • *Nathaniel Wade Hill, TX
  • Robert Carl Preece, TX

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • *Mary Beth Gaertner, TX
  • Gregg A. Pinick, TX

Two (2) Laypersons

  • Arne J. Almquist, TX
  • James C. Miller, TX
  • James P. Noffke, TX
  • Bob Ssekyanzi, TX

 

Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, Wis.)

One (1) Minister of Religion–Ordained

  • Mark P. Braden, EN
  • *David C. Fleming, MI

One (1) Minister of Religion–Commissioned

  • Paul Brian Marinko, IN
  • Gary Petersen, SW

Two (2) Laypersons

  • *Deborah J. Davidson, SW
  • James Max Riske, Jr., MI
  • James Delano Runzheimer, TX
  • Alison Christine Witte, OH

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