The Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn, sixth vice-president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has for health reasons resigned this office. In the matter of the appointment of a man to replace him, Synod Bylaw 220.127.116.11 notes that “any vacancy in a regional vice-presidency shall be filled by appointment of the President in consultation with the district presidents within that region.”
LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison consulted with and received both public and private counsel from the brothers on the Council of Presidents from the East-Southeast Region and is grateful for their honest and forthright opinions in this process. There are, of course, many qualified men in the East-Southeast Region who would be able to serve faithfully and well.
Having prayerfully considered many options, Harrison appointed the Rev. Christopher Esget of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va., as sixth vice-president of the Synod. Esget serves as pastor in a parish that includes high-profile and “high-powered” individuals who work on Capitol Hill.
“He is deeply involved in the pro-life movement. His church and school are growing tremendously. He is both humble and an excellent theologian respected by many,” Harrison said.
“Pastor Esget brings to the table great parish experience, and I am confident he will give reasoned advice and positive counsel,” Harrison said. “He is a parish pastor who will bring thoughtful theological input to any work involving the Praesidium. He has served most of his ministry in the East-Southeast Region and will serve faithfully in the office of sixth vice-president as well.”
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