The district’s president from 1997 to 2012, Keurulainen is described by LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison as “a pastor to the core.”
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The Rev. Bill Engfehr, an LCMS emergency-services chaplain in Collinsville, Ill., receives the Red Cross Community Preparedness and Resiliency Award.
The Rev. Randall Golter will lead the Synod’s 2017 Reformation-celebration planning and the new LCMS preaching-enhancement program.
The Rev. Mark Kiessling is now interim director of LCMS Youth Ministry and the Rev. Dr. Terry Dittmer is Youth Ministry’s senior director — youth ministry specialist.
Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, who began work in the new post Aug. 28, succeeds Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber.
A memorial service is planned for Sept. 27 at Grace Lutheran Church, Pocatello, Idaho.