The “treasured and consistent servant-leader” most recently served as associate executive director of LCMS Mission Advancement.
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David Fiedler began serving in the LCMS Foundation post in 2013.
Yurk is one of only four private/parochial school educators nationwide to receive the honor.
The first award was given posthumously to Witt’s family in 2016, and this year’s award was presented to Major (Ret.) Frank Tucker.
Receiving the “Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award” Nov. 12 in St. Louis were fourth-grade teacher Brenda Doering and high school chemistry teacher Rich Langefeld.
Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Buckman of Lake Forest, Ill., receives the Bronze St. Martin of Tours Medal.