Nominees for Bishop, Executive Council and Court of Adjudication Announced

Twelve pastors have been nominated to serve as the next bishop of the North American Lutheran Church. The names of the nominees, as well as the names of nominees for Executive Council and Court of Adjudication, were announced May 10 by the 2019 NALC Nominating Committee. Biographical information on the nominees is published in this report from the Nominating Committee:

The 2019 NALC Convocation will elect the bishop when it meets August 8-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Rev. John Bradosky, who has served the NALC as bishop since 2011, has announced that he is not available for reelection.

The nominees for bishop are:
The Rev. Dr. Catherine Braasch, STS, intentional interim pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jackson Center, Ohio.
The Rev. B. A. “Tim” Christ, STS, pastor of Joy Lutheran Church in Richmond, Texas.
The Rev. Phillip Gagnon, STS, pastor of St. Albert Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Albert, Alberta.
The Rev. Dr. Jeffray S. Greene, pastor of Word of God Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, Georgia.
The Rev. Marshall E. Hahn, pastor of Marion Lutheran Church and Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf, Iowa.
The Rev. Ronald Hoyum, pastor of Port Madison Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
The Rev. Melinda H. Jones, pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The Rev. Kenneth C. Kimball, STS, pastor of Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waterville, Iowa, and Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waukon, Iowa.
The Rev. James T. Lehmann, STS, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Thomasboro, Illinois.
The Rev. Dr. Eric M. Riesen, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland, Ohio.
The Rev. Dan Selbo, pastor of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in San Jose, California.
The Rev. Dr. David M. Wendel of Jacksonville, Florida, Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism for the NALC.

The installation service for Bishop John Bradosky at the 2011 NALC Convocation in Hilliard, Ohio.

Any delegate to the 2019 NALC Convocation may nominate additional candidates for bishop. Delegates are encouraged to submit such nominations as soon as possible to allow the nominees time to submit the required biographical information to the Nominating Committee.

To prepare for the election process for bishop, the Executive Council provided a booklet of prayers encouraging NALC members to engage in prayer and discernment leading up to the election. The prayer booklet and information on the election process may be found online at thenalc.org/election.

The current NALC Executive Council.

The Convocation will elect one lay person and one pastor to four-year terms on the Executive Council. Five pastors and three lay people have been nominated. Additional nominations for Executive Council must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by June 24.

The nominees for the lay position of Executive Council are:
Ms. Rebecka V. Andrae, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Rosemary Johnson, a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Mr. Scott Kramer, a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas.

The nominees for the clergy position on Executive Council are:
The Rev. Bassam J. Abdallah of Prospect, Kentucky, a retired pastor and a member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
The Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber, pastor of Oasis Church in Lake Mary, Florida.
The Rev. Dr. Keith G. Less, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Abilene, Kansas.
The Rev. K. Craig Moorman, pastor and mission developer at River’s Edge Ministries, Mount Airy, Maryland, and interim pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gray Manor in Dundalk, Maryland.
The Rev. Carl L. M. Rasmussen, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, Illinois.

The Convocation will elect two members of the Court of Adjudication to four-year terms. Three pastors and a lay person have been nominated for the Court of Adjudication. Additional nominations for the Court of Adjudication must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by June 24.

The Court of Adjudication decides appeals from disciplinary decisions and questions regarding interpretation of the NALC’s governing documents.

The nominees for the Court of Adjudication are:
The Rev. Jennifer Gold of Helotes, Texas, director of Commission Expeditions and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas.
The Rev. Leslie Haines of Fort Wayne, Indiana, chaplain and executive director of Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Lake Township near Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Rev. Marty Ramey of Dallas, North Carolina, an interim pastor and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Mr. Allyn Ray Rub of Llano, Texas, a retired police officer and a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Llano, Texas.

Speaker Announced for the Women of the NALC Annual Gathering

Join women of the NALC gathered from across North America for a day of fellowship, Bible study, and business. The Rev. Leslie Haines, executive director of the Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries, Inc. (LMVFM) will be leading us in study of our theme verse, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1b). There will be time to engage and share ideas with women from other churches and mission districts. Our time together will also include: selection of the Mission Bank recipients for 2019-2020, selection of new members for the WNALC Council, and approval of the WNALC budget. A visit from Bishop John Bradosky is also planned to share his wisdom with us. Join in this day-long annual gathering to be filled with strength and hope to bring back to your congregation and women’s groups.

Bishop John Bradosky Invites Church to Lutheran Week 2019

It is my pleasure to take a moment to encourage you to come to Lutheran Week this year, from August 5-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s going to be an exciting week together. Our theological conference for the Braaten-Benne Lectures is going to focus on the Holy Spirit: Walking by the Spirit through the Fruit of the Spirit. We know that you’re going to see that manifest in a whole variety of ways, but in addition to all the presentations and our meeting time together, this is an important election year—time to elect a new bishop for the North American Lutheran Church. We’re also going to be discerning nominees for the Executive Council and the Court of Adjudication, and all the paperwork for these nominees is due by May 3rd for publication and distribution. We want our congregations to continue to take time to carefully discern who best to lead us into that future—God’s preferred future for us in the North American Lutheran Church. I look forward to this time of ending one chapter in my life as I begin another, and as the NALC begins another exciting chapter in our life together throughout this election process and all that these new years will bring. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you this August.

—Bishop John Bradosky

Speakers Announced for Braaten-Benne Lectures

The speakers have been announced for the 2019 Carl E. Braaten and Robert D. Benne Lectures in Theology. The annual theological conference, held during Lutheran Week, is Aug. 6-7 at The Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind.

This year’s lectures will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit under the Lutheran Week theme, “Walking by the Spirit with the Fruit of the Spirit.”

Dr. Robert Benne will address the Holy Spirit and Christian life. He was Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion and chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Roanoke College in Salem, Va., for 18 years before he left full-time teaching in 2000. He founded the Roanoke College Center for Religion and Society in 1982 and served as its director until 2012. Upon his retirement, the college renamed the center in his honor. He is the author of several books including Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life; and Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics.


The Rev. Dr. Paul Hinlicky will explain how the Holy Spirit “disappeared in Lutheranism.” Dr. Hinlicky is the Rev. J. Marshall Tise Professor of Lutheran Studies at Roanoke College. He is the author of several books including Luther for Evangelicals: A ReintroductionBeloved Community: Critical Dogmatics after Christendom and Divine Simplicity: Christ the Crisis of Metaphysics.


The Rev. Dr. Craig Keener will address the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. He is the F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He is the author of 25 books including Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking and Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost. His IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament has sold more than half a million copies.


Dr. Matthew Levering will focus on the Holy Spirit and salvation. Dr. Levering holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He is the author of more than 20 books including Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy SpiritEngaging the Doctrine of Revelation and Was the Reformation a Mistake?


The Rev. Dr. Derek Nelson will speak about the Holy Spirit and the stuff of life. He is Professor of Religion and Stephen S. Bowen Professor of the Liberal Arts, at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. He is the author or editor of 10 books including A History of Christian TheologyResilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther and Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed. He and the Rev. Dr. Hinlicky coedited The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Martin Luther.

Nomination Resources Now Available

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Nominations are being received for positions to be elected at the 2019 NALC Convocation, August 8-9, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Nominating Committee seeks nominations for the following positions:

 

Bishop Ordained minister & member of the NALC, for 4-year term
Executive Council 1 clergy and 1 layperson, each for a 4-year term
Court of Adjudication 2 persons for a 4-year term (lay or clergy)
Position Descriptions

Congregations are welcome to nominate individuals for any of the open positions. All nominations should be submitted by May 3, 2019. This will give the Nominating Committee the time necessary to compile nominee biographical information and comply with the constitutional requirements about providing this information to the delegates.