By Megan Mertz
ST. LOUIS (July 23, 2013) — This morning, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, recognized the Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier, outgoing LCMS third vice-president, for his many years of service to the church.
“Paul, you have demonstrated love for the church in many ways. You are probably the most prolific author for CPH,” said Harrison. “Thank you for all you’ve done for the church and will continue to do for the church. The Lord be with you.”
Following this, Maier received a standing ovation from the delegates, staff and visitors sitting in the hall.
Maier was elected to this position in 2010, after previously serving as LCMS second vice-president (2004–2010) and LCMS fourth vice-president (2001–2004). Maier is the author of some 16 Christian-themed books, and he is Emeritus Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.
During his presentation, Harrison also recognized the newly elected members of the Praesidium.
“Thank you for your willingness to serve in these positions,” he said. “It’s a blessing to have you for the church.”
The newly elected Praesidium includes two new members — the Rev. Nabil S. Nour and the Rev. Dr. Robert T. Kuhn — who will serve as fifth and sixth vice-presidents, respectively. The position of sixth vice-president was elected for the first time at this convention, as a result of restructuring that was adopted at the 2010 LCMS convention.
The 65th Regular Convention of the LCMS is meeting July 20-25 at the America’s Center Convention Complex under the theme “Baptized for This Moment.” Among convention participants are some 1,200 clergy and lay voting delegates.