The Rev. Michael Meyer of Denver began serving July 1 as manager of LCMS Disaster Response, the disaster response and human care ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Meyer formerly was pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Denver — his first call after graduating in 2008 from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
In his new position, Meyer assists with the Synod’s response to natural and man-made disasters in the United States and around the world. He will work with LCMS districts and congregations, LCMS Recognized Service Organizations and external relief organizations to implement the church body’s immediate and long-term response to help people in the aftermath of disastrous events.
Among Meyer’s responsibilities is oversight of the LCMS District Disaster Response Program, in which he will work with volunteer District Disaster Response Coordinators to ensure ongoing disaster-readiness training and preparation among LCMS districts, congregations, international staff and partner churches worldwide.
“Michael is a great addition to the LCMS’ disaster response team,” said the Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, the Synod’s chief mission officer. “Michael will significantly enhance disaster response capability among our Synod’s stakeholders. He intends to provide training and instruction for congregations and districts in order to enhance their ability to respond to local and regional disasters. Michael is eager to meet our ministry partners, and I anticipate that his instruction will be well received and readily employed.”