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Speckhard named president, CEO of LWR

Daniel V. Speckhard of McLean, Va., begins work July 1 in the Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore, post.

New missionary-recruitment team begins work

The team opens new office space for their work of recruiting and placing more LCMS missionaries.

Judy Kuhn, wife of LCMS VP, dies

Memorial services are planned for March 13 in Oviedo, Fla., and March 17 in Bath, Ill.

LCMS chaplain awarded Purple Heart

Captain Michael Frese receives on Feb. 22 one of the nation’s highest honors — the Purple Heart — for his service in Afghanistan.

Wenthe named president of Concordia University System

The Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe accepts a call to serve as president of the Concordia University System.

Former LCMS Board member Edwin Trapp Jr. dies

Trapp — a leader at the Synod, district and local levels — dies. Feb. 12 at age 82. The memorial service was Feb. 18.

Schmidt begins as associate director, School Ministry

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt has almost 36 years of experience in early-childhood education and school leadership.

Heise accepts call to top LHF post

Missionary Rev. Matthew Heise accepts a call to become executive director of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, effective April 1.

Nine educators to receive 2014 LEA awards

Dr. Ross Stueber of Cedarburg, Wis., recipient of the Christus Magister Award, heads the list of educators honored by Lutheran Education Association this year.

Rev. Dr. Paul Zimmerman, former college president, dies

Longtime educator — and president of three LCMS colleges — Rev. Dr. Paul A. Zimmerman of Traverse City, Mich., dies Jan. 28 at age 95.

Harmelink named CHI executive director

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Harmelink of Huntington Beach, Calif., begins serving in the Concordia Historical Institute position on Feb. 1.

Synod announces three staff changes

The staff changes at the LCMS International Center involve the Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein, the Rev. Dr. Albert Collver III and the Rev. Steven Schave.

Gray installed as director of LCMS Black Ministry

“We are looking to you for leadership,” Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison tells Rev. Roosevelt Gray at his Jan. 7 installation service in St. Louis.

Rodewald to lead Lutheran Bible Translators

Dr. Michael K. Rodewald, regional director for Africa with the LCMS Office of International Mission, will begin work June 1, 2014, as executive director of LBT.

Rev. Angel Perez, leader in Hispanic ministry, dies

A memorial service for Perez was held Dec. 2 at Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, Fla.

Gray begins work as director of Black Ministry

The Rev. Roosevelt Gray Jr. begins work as director of the ministry serving predominantly black communities and African immigrants.