Megan Mertz
Megan Mertz

Staff writer for LCMS Communications

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Megan Mertz is a staff writer for LCMS Communications and managing editor of Lutherans Engage the World magazine. She grew up in St. Louis — not far from the LCMS International Center — although she has also lived in China, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. In her free time, Mertz enjoys reading, writing and traveling.

Spring ‘Engage’: Brought together in Christ

In Papua New Guinea and around the world, God brings His people together to confess Christ and bear mercy for their neighbors in His name.

BNM updated on licensed lay deacons, stewardship and rural ministry

The LCMS Board for National Mission met Feb. 21–22 in St. Louis.

Paula Schlueter Ross retires after nearly 35 years at ‘Reporter’

As a writer and editor for LCMS Communications, Ross filed thousands of articles, earning 17 national writing awards from the Associated Church Press, including seven first-place “Awards of Excellence.”

Winter ‘Engage’: Changing lives through Christ’s mercy

The issue follows God’s people as they serve those in need in Kenyan refugee camps, immigrant communities and disaster zones.

Orientation equips six new missionary families for international service

A new group of missionaries were sent out with a plea for God’s blessing during a “Service of Sending” on Aug. 3 at the LCMS International Center chapel in St. Louis.

Ohio District elects Wilson to first term

The Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Wilson of Marysville, Ohio, was elected to his first three-year term as president of the LCMS Ohio District at the district’s 22nd convention.

Wicher re-elected president of Eastern District

The Rev. Dr. Chris Wicher of Buffalo, N.Y., was elected to his third term as president of the LCMS Eastern District at the district’s 99th convention.

Snow re-elected president of Nebraska District

The Rev. Richard L. Snow of Seward, Neb., was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Nebraska District at the district’s 19th convention, held June 15–16 in Kearney, Neb.

Brege elected to first term in Indiana District

The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege was elected to his first three-year term as president of the LCMS Indiana District at the district’s 22nd convention, held June 14–15 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Lecakes re-elected president of Atlantic District

The Rev. Derek Lecakes of Bayside, N.Y., was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Atlantic District at the district’s 60th convention, held June 8–9 in Bronxville, N.Y.

Lange re-elected president of Kansas District

The Rev. Peter K. Lange of Topeka, Kan., was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Kansas District at the district’s 73rd convention, held June 7–9 in Topeka.

Steinbronn re-elected president of New Jersey District

The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Steinbronn of Howell, N.J., begins his third three-year term.

Vinovskis elected to first term in SELC District

The Rev. Waldemar R. Vinovskis succeeds the Rev. Andrew J. Dzurovcik as president of the LCMS SELC District.

Missouri District plans short-, long-term work in Ferguson

A $25,000 grant from the Synod’s Office of National Mission will be used by leaders of five LCMS congregations to bring hope and healing to the community.

Three LCMS schools chosen for ‘Blue Ribbon’ honor

The award from the U.S. Department of Education goes to Messiah Lutheran School, St. Charles, Mo.; Our Redeemer Lutheran School, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights, Ill.