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Pastors' Conference 2023

We thank God for the recent Pastor's Conference! It was a wonderful time with so many in attendance from around the district that helped create a collegial atmosphere.

Thank you to Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes for speaking on this year's theme "What to do with D.E.I.? (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Rev. John Arthur Nunes, PhD. is a Lutheran pastor in Santa Monica, California and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy. He has served as the President of Concordia College New York, as the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, and as a professor at Valparaiso University.

 

When: October 9-10

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Rafael, CA



 

CNH Servus Christi Award


The CNH Servus Christi Award (established in 2023 by CNH District President Mike Lange) will be given each year to at least one deserving candidate who is affirmed by his peers and the president of the CNH District as an exemplary model of servant leadership.



The recipient for 2023 is Rev. Ted Zimmerman.


The candidate is an emeritus pastor who exemplifies Christian servanthood in three areas:


  • Faithful and sacrificial service as a pastoral leader and shepherd in his congregation(s).

  • Steadfast and loving attention to his family and, by extension, to his community in which he resides (has resided).

  • Intentional and sacrificial service to the greater LCMS and/or Christian church-at-large.



The CNH Servus Christi Award (established in 2023 by CNH District President Mike Lange) will be given each year to at least one deserving candidate who is affirmed by his peers and the president of the CNH District as an exemplary model of servant leadership. The recipient for 2023 was Rev. Ted Zimmerman.


Qualifications for the award The candidate is an emeritus pastor who exemplifies Christian servanthood in three areas:

  • Faithful and sacrificial service as a pastoral leader and shepherd in his congregation(s).

  • Steadfast and loving attention to his family and, by extension, to his community in which he resides (has resided).

  • Intentional and sacrificial service to the greater LCMS and/or Christian church-atlarge.


The award will normally be given at the CNH Fall Pastors’ Conference. Theodore (Ted) Zimmerman and Elaine (Paulson) were married in 1965. He was a graduate of Concordia Sr. College, Ft. Wayne, IN in 1963, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1967. After serving a vicarage in Cleveland, OH, he and Elaine were called to St. Paul and Loup City, NE, to a dual parish. From there, Ted went on to the CNH District, where he served at St. John’s in Napa, CA and Zion in San Francisco, CA. He was persistent and skillfull in facilitating cross-cultural ministry in San Francisco, and for 12 years was the steadfast right hand of the District President, Walter Tietjen, for whom he served as First Vice President of the CNH. Ted and Elaine (also missionary at the core and a capable educator) were blessed with four children: Scott, Shelly, Stacy, and Shawn.


The following words were written by President emeritus, Walter Tietjen, regarding Ted (excerpted from his Personal Information Form): Pastor Zimmerman is a strong administrator, a fine leader who has a real compassion for people. He is an excellent preacher and teacher, and a good organizer who faithfully follows through on detail. He’s been most helpful in the district at large when it comes to providing leadership education. He’s also developed considerable experience in managing conflict. He is a good counselor, an effective communicator, a man who relates well to people of all ages and possesses a delightful sense of humor.


Pastor Zimmerman faithfully served several interims in retirement and assists presently in helping to manage “the Farm,” a community outreach ministry sponsored by St. John’s in Napa, CA. He and Elaine are still active in the CNH District Disability Ministries Committee. He continues to serve as an unofficial advisor, counselor, and advocate in public and private matters.


We praise God for this servant of Christ!


 

Worker Anniversaries


We praise God for all who are serving in the CNH District!

Thirty-two faithful workers were recognized at the Pastors’ Conference in San Rafael on October 9 for their years of service to the church.


Years recognized were 25, 40, 50, 55, 60 and 65 years!


25 years

  • Rev. Michael Bell

  • Rev. Herbert Burch, Jr.

  • Rev. Brian Cummins

  • Rev. David Floyd

  • Rev. John Halakhe

  • Rev. Grant Knepper

  • Rev. Michael Piescer


40 years

  • Rev. Philip Beyer

  • Rev. James Bothwell

  • Rev. Dann Ettner

  • Rev. Russell Hess

  • Rev. Donald Jordan

  • Rev. Andrew Koschmann

  • Rev. Bruce Neff

  • Rev. Timothy Schepman


50 years

  • Rev. Ronald Arnold

  • Rev. Michael Benke

  • Rev. Wayne Brockman

  • Rev. Clarence Eisberg

  • Rev. Myron “Mick” Ista

  • Rev. Stephen Nagler

  • Rev. James Russow

  • Rev. David Sauer


55 years

  • Rev. Milton Fricke

  • Rev. Robert Kriger

  • Rev. Ray Kringel

  • Rev. Thomas Windsor

  • Rev. Alfred Zutz


60 years

  • Rev. Robert Fickenscher

  • Rev. Dean Gade

  • Rev. Larry Miller


65 Years

  • Rev. Theodore Iverson


(Please note that in years past, anniversaries were recognized, based on the seminary graduation year. Starting in 2023, the ordination year will be used.)


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