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Nebraska District President Rev. Richard Snow, was elected to his second term as president of the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by the delegates attending the 19th convention of that body in Kearney, Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Rev. Snow has served as District President since 2015, and is eligible to serve two more three-year terms.
District vice presidents elected at this Convention are: First Vice President, Rev. Craig Niemeier of Zion (Worms), St. Libory, serving his second term as vice president; Second Vice President, Rev. Karl Ziegler of First, Papillion, serving his second term as vice president; Third Vice President, Rev. David Kuhfal of Grace, Neligh and Trinity, Elgin, serving his second term as vice president; and Fourth Vice President, Rev. David Ohlman of Immanuel, Polk, who was elected to his first term as vice president. Each will serve a term of three years and will be eligible for re-election at the next District Convention in 2021.
Other officers elected included:
Secretary: Rev. James Rasmussen, associate pastor at Divine Shepherd, Omaha, for a second term.
Board of Director members: Bruce Wall of Schuyler, Paul Burger of Kearney, James Kovac of Beaver Crossing, Debra Sunderman of Norfolk, and Kevin Warneke of Omaha.
Holding current terms on the Board of Directors are: Andrew Rohwer of Kearney; Jim Conner of Holstein; Virginia Von Seggern of Orchard; David Knorr of Humboldt; and Steve Trusty of Council Bluffs, IA.
Completing terms on the Board of Directors are: Marvin Swan of Grant; Annette Sonntag of Columbus; and Chair, Kent Warneke of Norfolk.
Nominations Committee: Rev. Michael Awe of South Sioux City, Rev. Harrison Goodman of Winside, Rev. Robert Kuefner Jr. of Lexington, Sandy Armstrong of Grand Island, Kim Cornett of Wisner, Glenn Van Velson of North Platte, and Kent Warneke of Norfolk.
Constitution and Handbook Committee: Rev. Bart Fouts of Battle Creek, Rev. Robert Mayes of Beemer, Scott Ernstmeyer of Lincoln, and Kurth Brashear of Seward.
Board of Regents, Concordia University Nebraska, Seward: Rev. Eugene Gierke of Seward, Krista Barnhouse of Lincoln, Ryan Burger of Lincoln, and Dick Helms of Arapahoe.
The 312 voting delegates, composed of one pastor and one lay person from congregations in the Nebraska District, were joined by 73 advisory delegates, generally teachers and other pastors serving in the District, and 97 guests and staff members, for a total of 482 attending the triennial convention at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
The delegates, under the convention theme of “Reconciled In Christ, For the World,” based on 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, devoted considerable time to worship, study of the Word, education, and prayer.
The convention was opened with a worship service including communion, and with the Rev. Nabil Nour, Third Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, delivering the sermon. Rev. Nour reminded those attending that through Christ, they have been reconciled to God and are called to be reconciled to each other.
The Rev. Edgar Keinath, Director of CrossLife Ministries, led keynote presentations during the convention. Rev. Keinath had the delegates consider with whom they might be in conflict and with whom they needed to be reconciled. “We are children called to a lifestyle of reconciliation. We are called to be in relationship with one another, and to forgive each other as God has forgiven us in Christ.”
Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller Jr., First Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, also spoke to the delegates during his time in Kearney, taking time to address questions presented to him by delegates in attendance.
The Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has its headquarters in Seward, with over 103,700 baptized members in 243 congregations, and with 34 preschools, 33 elementary schools, and 4 high schools in the state of Nebraska.
The Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is congregations, leaders, laity, and related organizations in Nebraska, connected and growing in their mission of discipling the saved and proclaiming Christ to the lost.