Now on CPH — Rev Matthew Harrison Bio and Links

August 25th, 2011 Post by

Found on CPH at this link is a new page giving Matthew Harrison’s Bio and links to books, videos, Recommended reading, and other sections.

One of the videos found on this section of the CPH website:

And the Bio:

Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is the 13th person to serve as president of the 2.3-million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Based in St. Louis, the Missouri Synod is the second-largest Lutheran church body in North America.

Upon his election, Harrison asked for prayers and said he would “work as hard as I possibly can for unity around the clear and compelling Word of God and nothing else.”

Before becoming president, Harrison served for nine years as the executive director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. During that time, LCMS World Relief and Human Care coordinated the $14 million LCMS response to Hurricane Katrina, and the multi-million-dollar responses to the tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Haiti; managed relationships with some 120 LCMS Recognized Service Organizations and other inter-Lutheran social ministry organizations; worked in consultation with LCMS partner/sister churches to build capacity during numerous mercy outreach efforts; and managed LCMS pro-life efforts.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Harrison was baptized in a small, rural Lutheran church and raised in a large suburban congregation. Harrison served for more than a decade as a parish pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Westgate Iowa, (1991–1995) and Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1995–2001). During his pastorate at Zion in Fort Wayne, his parish embarked on the St. Peter/Zion Project for Neighborhood Renewal, a now nationally recognized neighborhood revitalization effort. Owing to the success of this effort, Harrison later founded the National Lutheran Housing Support Corp., which is a faith-based housing organization headquartered at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis that helps revitalize communities and renew neighborhoods across the country.

Currently, Harrison serves on the board of Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Services in America. Previously, Harrison served on the LCMS Board for Mission Services (1998–2001), Fort Wayne Urban League Building Committee (1999) and the LCMS President’s Church Relations Cabinet.

Harrison and his wife live in Ballwin, Mo., and are members of Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Mo., where he also serves as assistant pastor. They have two sons. Harrison is an avid bluegrass banjo player and builder of guitars, banjos, and mandolins.

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  1. August 25th, 2011 at 11:07 | #1

    Can I just say how refreshing it is to have a president who contributes to the realm of theological discussion in our Synod? Not only does he contribute, but he truly leads. I’m very thankful for President Harrison and I hope the members of our congregations learn how truly blessed we are by his leadership.

  2. Carl Vehse
    August 25th, 2011 at 12:25 | #2

    The CPH-promoted bio is entitled, “Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrision,” leaving the reader to presume President Harrison has an earned doctorate.

    On the LCMS website, President Harrison’s bio does explain that the honorific title of “Dr.” is based on President Harrision receiving two honorary doctorates in 2011.

    The issue of honorific titles and honorary degrees has been previously discussed numerous times on BJS.

  3. Eric Ramer
    August 25th, 2011 at 13:31 | #3

    @Carl Vehse #1

    I was under the impression that Rev. Harrison was on the cusp of earning his Doctorate. I was interested to note that this bio leaves out any reference to his education Does anyone know if his duties as the Synodical President have forced him to set aside his quest for an earned Doctorate? I pray for his success in all of his endeavors, and I’d like to see him complete that milestone, God willing.

    Eric Ramer

  4. August 25th, 2011 at 14:13 | #4

    Does anyone know where President Harrison gets his clerical shirts? I like the exposed buttons.

  5. Eric Ramer
    August 25th, 2011 at 14:20 | #5

    @Matt #1
    Your last name wouldn’t happen to be Harrison, would it? :)

  6. Wallenstein
    August 25th, 2011 at 17:53 | #6

    Earned doctorate or not, I am glad that he is president. It’s Time!

  7. Soldier of Christ
    August 25th, 2011 at 19:16 | #7

    To have a solid man like Rev. Harrison, who really resembles Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, is a real honor. May God bless him and may he be a blessing to many.

  8. Carl Vehse
    September 1st, 2011 at 14:02 | #8

    @Eric Ramer #3 : “I was under the impression that Rev. Harrison was on the cusp of earning his Doctorate. I was interested to note that this bio leaves out any reference to his education.”

    There’s no reference to being “on the cusp of earning his Doctorate” in President Harrison’s official LCMS bio nor in his It’s Time Curriculum Vitae, which simply states, “Additional graduate study at Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, 1997 – 2007.”

    As I noted earlier, President Harrison’s official LCMS bio does include references to his earned academic degrees. If the Concordia Publishing House bio were to include information on these academic degrees, it probably would have to note that President Harrison has only honorary doctorates. Perhaps it was simply a lack of space on the CPH website or a shortage of available video display electrons.

  9. Wallenstein
    September 2nd, 2011 at 16:04 | #9



  10. Nicole
    February 7th, 2013 at 10:26 | #10

    I am ashamed to be a Lutheran at this moment. Did you really criticize one of your own for participating in a vigil for Sandy Hook? What a momenumental sin in my eyes. We are all equal. I am shamed by your actions. I’m sure this won’t get posted or responded to.

  11. Pam Keith
    February 8th, 2013 at 13:07 | #11

    I just received a most disturbing report about the apology that a Lutheran pastor had to make because he prayed with a group of other CHRISTIANS at the Newtown vigil. What in the world do you or other Missouri Synod Lutherans think they are???? You should be ashamed of yourself. I have been baptized, confirmed, married and school for 8 years in a Lutheran Church and school. I must say this atrocity makes me embarassed to be called a Lutheran. You think only Missouri Synod Lutherans are christian and that they are the only ones going to heaven. What a pathetic chiristian example you send to others. Thank God I had the intelligence to become an ELCA Lutheran where we believe that others are christians as well as we are. You are truly pathetic, SHAME ON YOU AND I SAY SHAME ON YOU. Wonder if I will see YOU in heaven?

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