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General Pastors Conference 2019

Dates: Tuesday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Location: Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St. River Forest, IL 60305

Theme: “Healthy Trees, Good Fruit: Encouraging Health and Wholeness for Pastors”

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Andrew Pfeiffer

Dr. Andrew Pfeiffer is Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Australian Lutheran College in North Adelaide, South Australia. He also serves as Assistant Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia. Dr. Pfeiffer holds degrees from the University of Adelaide (BA), Luther Seminary, North Adelaide (BTh), and Concordia Theological Seminary (STM, PhD). His particular interest is in the pastoral care of pastors. Dr. Pfeiffer is the author of many scholarly articles, including “Luther and the Pastor at Prayer” (2013) and “Finding Joy in the Pastoral Ministry (2010).


The following pastors were elected into leadership positions for the 2019 General Pastoral Conference:

Chairman – Rev. David Daniel; Zion, Ottawa (2nd Term)*
Vice-Chairman – Rev. Doug Swanson; King of Glory, Elgin (1st Term)*
Secretary – Rev. Karl Hess; St. Peter, Joliet (2nd Term)*
Treasurer – Rev. Steve Wagner; Trinity, Lombard (2nd Term)*
Registrar – Rev. Bo Graham; St. Paul, Mt. Prospect (2nd Term)*
Program Comm. North – Vacant
Program Comm. South – Rev. David Juhl; Our Savior, Momence (2019-2021)
Program Comm. East – Rev. Dr. Mark Birkholz; Faith, Oak Lawn (2017-2019)
Program Comm. West – Rev. David Buchs; St. John, Wheaton (2019-2021)
Nominating Comm. North – Rev. Dr. Larry Tieman; Immanuel, Crystal Lake (2019)***
Nominating Comm. South – Stephen Schumacher; Bethany, Naperville (2019)***
Nominating Comm. East – Rev. Matt Zickler; Grace, Western Springs (2019)***
Nominating Comm. West – Rev. Alex Merlo; San Pablo, Aurora (2019)***

* Elected for a one year term with a maximum of three terms possible.
See also Regional Pastor Conferences page for the fall schedule


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