LCMS First Vice-President receives honorary doctorate


ST. LOUIS, June 8, 2012—The Rev. Herbert C. Mueller Jr., first vice-president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the May 18 commencement at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mueller also served as the commencement speaker at the ceremony, held in the school’s Kramer Chapel. His speech was titled “Confession and Mission,” available online here:
As first vice-president, Mueller serves as an adviser to the President of the LCMS and assists him in carrying out his responsibilities. He also serves as chairman of the Colloquy Committees for Pastoral Ministry and Commissioned Ministry. Mueller was elected to this office in 2010 by convention delegates.

Previously, Mueller served as president of the LCMS Southern Illinois District from 1994 to 2010. He held district offices from 1988 to 1994 including secretary, second vice-president and first vice-president. Between 1979 and 1994, he served as a pastor at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Chicago; Zion Lutheran Church, Bethalto, Ill.; and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waterloo, Ill.

A native of Grand Forks, N.D., Mueller graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1973; Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1975; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., in 1979. Mueller and his wife of 37 years, Faith, have three grown children and reside in Waterloo, Ill.

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