Pamela Nielsen
Pamela Nielsen

associate executive director of LCMS Communications

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Pamela Nielsen is associate executive director of LCMS Communications. A graduate of Concordia University Chicago and Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Ind., Pam has served as a deaconess in the LCMS for more than 30 years. She was formerly senior editor for Sunday School, Youth and Family Materials at Concordia Publishing House, where she helped develop the Growing in Christ curriculum and edited the study notes for the ESV Faith Alive Bible. Pam is a wife, mother and grandmother who is passionate about cooking and sharing good food and conversation with family and friends. Once in a while you’ll find her trying to master folk and fiddle tunes on her violin.

COP navigates ongoing impact of COVID-19

The LCMS Council of Presidents conducted its fourth meeting of 2020 (its third via Zoom video conference) on Nov. 16–18, with discussion of the pandemic’s impact on the church dominating the meeting.

Pandemic communion practice focus of COP meeting

At its September meeting, the group considered the continuing impact of the coronavirus across the church while looking ahead to what will happen when the pandemic subsides and the country fully reopens.

BIM focuses on church planting and theological education

At its Sept. 4 meeting, the board also heard about how reductions in budgeted Fiscal Year 2021 expenditures will have a significant impact on LCMS mission and ministry efforts.

Racism and the church: A time to listen

Hear from voices across the LCMS about the killing of George Floyd.

COVID-19 and the church: A different phase and a different response

As governors, mayors and councilmen provide guidelines to meet the impact of COVID-19 within their jurisdictions, heightened concerns about government overreach and infringement of constitutional rights are being raised in many sectors of society.

Council of Presidents hears about seminary education, pastor shortage

The Nov. 18–21 meeting was held concurrently with meetings of the LCMS Board of Directors, Concordia University System and a gathering of business and office managers from across the Synod.

Board for International Mission turns attention to Asia

At its Jan. 31–Feb. 1 meeting in St. Louis, the board appointed seven new missionaries and continued discussions on the status of international schools and cooperative work with partner churches, districts and mission societies.

‘Retention, evangelism, discipleship’: COP focuses on raising up the next generation

The LCMS Council of Presidents held its fall meeting in San Diego Nov. 12-15.

Boards and Business – COP, BIM, BNM hold fall meetings

Meeting in St. Louis, the groups addressed pertinent topics, heard reports and reviewed policies.

Hispanic ministry leaders share ideas, encouragement

Leaders in LCMS Hispanic ministry gathered in Houston July 24–27 for the Sixth National LCMS Hispanic Convention.

Hawaii volcano continues to erupt and disrupt lives

Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, Hawaii, has been working to help those affected by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

LCMS Disaster Response partners with Guatemala Lutherans in volcano’s aftermath

Volcàn de Fuego, or “fire volcano,” violently erupted without warning Sunday, June 3, burying whole villages and farms near the Central American city of Antigua, Guatemala.

Candidate placement headlines COP meeting

The LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) met April 21–26, traveling from St. Louis to Fort Wayne, Ind., to place pastoral and commissioned candidates, elect new leadership and work through matters of ecclesiastical supervision. 

Concordia College Alabama closes: ‘Nevertheless,’ Dr. Rosa J. Young’s legacy continues

Students, families, faculty and regents gathered on the campus of Concordia College Alabama on April 28 for the school’s 92nd and final commencement. Founded in 1922, the historically black Lutheran college closed its doors for good following the ceremony after a multi-year effort to stay open.

Training, tools and trailers help disaster dollars go farther

When disaster strikes, LCMS Disaster Response comes alongside to help congregations and districts develop the most effective possible response.