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2018 LCMS Northern Illinois Convention

Installation service

Watch Installation Service Recording

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago

President elect Rev. Allan R. Buss was installed as LCMS Northern Illinois District President. Preaching was Rev. Dr. John Nunes in a service of Word and Sacrament. Presiding over the Service of Installation was LCMS 1st Vice President Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller. Also installed will be the Presidium, Secretary, Circuit Visitors, Board of Directors, Nominations Committee, and Board of Regents.

The LCMS Northern Illinois District elected a new president on March 9, 2018, in its first order of business at the 2018 NID Convention.


Rev. Allan Buss, Immanuel, Belvidere




Vice Presidents:

  • First Vice President:

Rev. Kris Whitby, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect

  • Second Vice President:

 Rev. Kenneth Krause, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rockford

  • Third Vice President:

Rev. Cory Estby, Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park

  • Fourth Vice President:

Rev. Steven Anderson, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Chicago

  • Secretary

Rev. Dr. James Kellerman, First Bethlehem, Chicacgo

Elected Board of Directors:

North Region:

Ordained Minister: Rev. Micah Greiner

Commissioned Minister: David Gottschalk

Laypersons:  Paul Pasche, Chuck Schild

South Region:

Ordained Minister: Rev. Ron Rock

Commissioned Minister: Sarah Gaffney

Laypersons:  David DeYoung, Michael Dobbs

East Region:

Ordained Minister: Rev. Mark Birkholz

Commissioned Minister: Ted Lams

Laypersons:  Daniel Sedory, Matt Struve

West Region:

Ordained Minister: Rev. Willis Schwichtenberg

Commissioned Minister: Jonathan Poppe

Laypersons:  Carol-Joy Motisi, Lori Solyom

2018-2021 Circuit Visitor Nominations

Circuit 1-N, Rev. Wayne Jahn, Redeemer, Waukegan

Circuit 2-N, Rev. Rod Krueger, Our Redeemer, Prospect Heights

Circuit 3-N, Rev. Mark Bestul, Calvary, Elgin

Circuit 4-N, Rev. Larry Tieman, Immanuel, Crystal Lake

Circuit 5-N, Rev. Jerry Hays, St. Peter, Schaumburg

Circuit 6-W, Rev. Jay Klein, Zion, Hinsdale

Circuit 7-W, Rev. Ron  Weidler, Immanuel, Batavia

Circuit 8-W, Rev. Patrick Pinion, St. John, Burlington

Circuit 9-W, Rev. Rick Wagner, Immanuel, Belvidere

Circuit 10-W, Rev. David Andermann, Our Savior, Dixon

Circuit 11-E, Rev. Vernon Wendt, Messiah, Chicago

Circuit 12-E, Rev. Leonard Payton, St. John, Forest Park

Circuit 13-E, Rev. Valdas Ausra, Zion, Oak Lawn

Circuit 14-E, Rev. Elstner Lewis, St. Philip, Chicago

Circuit 15-S, Rev. Rod Serbus, St. John, Darien

Circuit 16-S, Rev. Steven Lange, Living Word, Orland Park

Circuit 17-S, Rev. David Daniel, Zion Ottawa

Circuit 18-S, Rev. Eric Brown, Trinity, Herscher

Circuit 19-S, Rev. Michael Croon, St. Paul, Chicago Heights

Elected Concordia University Chicago Board of Regent Members

Ordained Minister: Rev. Gary Bertels

Commissioned Minister: Virginia Terrell

Laypersons: Alicia Dietrich

Dominic Salvino

NID Committee for Convention Nominations

North Region:

Ordained Minister – Rev. Mark Bestul

Commissioned Minister – Ardelle Pate

Layperson – Laura Schmuldt

South Region:

Ordained Minister – Rev. Cory Estby

Commissioned Minister – Deac. Phaedra Serbus

Layperson – Michael Dobbs

East Region:

Ordaines Minister – Rev. Roger Gallup

Commissioned Minister – Katie Laubenstein

Layperson – Mark Stern

West Region:

Ordained Minister – Rev. John Prohl

Commissioned Minister – Deac Betsy Karkan

Layperson – Michael Woolery

Concordia University, Board of Regents

Ordained Minister – Rev. Gary  Bertels

Commissioned Minister – Virginia Terrell

Laypersons – Alicia Dietrich, Domonic Salvino


Resolution 1-01 Funding NID Life Task Force Events – Adopted

Resolution 1-02A To Encourage the LCMS Partner Churches to Leave the Lutheran World Federation – Failed

Resolution 1-03A To Confess the Truth in our Concordia University Mission Field and to Encourage Godly Ecclesiastical Supervision – Adopted

Resolution 2-01 To Grant the Board of Directors Authority to Realign Circuits – Adopted

Resolution 2-02 To Allow Amendments to the District Bylaws to be Adopted Provisionally – Adopted

Resolution 2-03 To Clarify some Language in the District Bylaws – Adopted

Resolution 2-04 To divide Electoral Circuit 13 into Two Visitation Circuits – Adopted

Resolution 2-05 To Declare the Reverend Dan Gilbert, President Emeritus of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod – Adopted

Resolution 2-06A Top Make the Term Limit for the Office of President Three Terms – Adopted

Resolution 2-07 To Establish a Task Force on Stewardship District Resources – Adopted

Resolution 2-08 To Care for the Members of the Body of Christ through Fraternal Communication – Adopted

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