LCMS names new editor for Witness, Mercy and Life Together

ST. LOUIS—September 21, 2011—Deaconess Pamela J. Nielsen of Ballwin, Mo., began serving Sept. 1 as managing editor for Witness, Mercy and Life Together with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).


In the new position, Nielsen will be responsible for gathering, editing and supervising the production of materials related to the ministry work performed on behalf of the Synod's "Witness, Mercy, Life Together" emphasis. Current periodicals that Nielsen will be responsible for producing include Caring and Sharing, which focus on the Synod's human-care efforts, and Harvest News, which spotlights LCMS mission work.


Nielsen served Concordia Publishing House (CPH), St. Louis, for the past nine years as senior editor for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Youth Resources, overseeing the development of the "Growing in Christ" Sunday-school curriculum. She also served as general editor for the "Faith Alive ESV Student Bible" and has authored numerous articles and several books.


"We are delighted that Pam has accepted the position of managing editor for Witness, Mercy and Life Together," said James Heine, director of News and Information for LCMS Communications. "She brings a love of the church and a heart for service to the job. Her experience as an editor is invaluable, and we are blessed and thankful to have her as part of our team."


"It is an honor and thrill to join the dedicated staff [members] at the LCMS International Center in their efforts to support, encourage and assist the church in her witness, mercy and life together," Nielsen said. "As Lutherans we are uniquely positioned to boldly share the Gospel in Word and deed around the globe as we walk together in our confession of faith."


Prior to joining CPH, Nielsen served four years as director of Community Services at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., leading a team that planned and hosted events to welcome campus visitors.


She earned a B.A. in theology and her deaconess diploma in 1985 from Concordia College (now Concordia University Chicago), River Forest, Ill., and an M.A. in religious studies in 1994 from Concordia Theological Seminary. She also has completed coursework toward the Master of Non-Profit Management at Washington University in St. Louis.


Since her commissioning as an LCMS deaconess, Nielsen has served several parishes, caring for young, elderly, sick, grieving and low-income people. Her duties included visitation, parish education and counseling.


About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit



Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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