High Honor for the Brothers – District President Dan Gilbert to Preach at the National Conference

Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert will be preaching the Vespers service Friday evening, February 13 at the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference. This is truly a high honor for the Brothers. We are also pleased to announce that Pastor Ben Ball from St. Paul Brookfield, Illinois will be preaching at the Divine Service Saturday afternoon.

One of the highlights of the conference, as it usually is when confesional Lutherans get together, will be the worship. The worship will be in the beautiful sanctuary of Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Illinois. Worship will be led by the highly respected Cantor Phillip Magness, a men’s choir for vespers and a full adult choir for the Divine Service. The congregation and choirs will be accompanied by Bethany’s  40 rank, 3 manual,  pipe organ with 2,600 pipes including the trumpet enchimade. It is not too late to register. Click here for details.

The conference also features some great speakers: Chris Rosebrough, founder of Pirate Christian Radio and Pastor Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc. There will also be some great parties to choose from Friday night.

It will be quite an honor to have Bishop Gilbert preaching for vespers. Even though President Gilbert has supported Church Growth principles as a pastor and even now as District President, he has always been very respectful of the pastors in the Northern Illinois District who are more conservative and traditional. For example, Bishop Gilbert has been very respectful  of  and taken time to listen carefully to the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans, one of the longest-lived and most active of the confessional groups around the synod. NICL has written and  promoted such works as TTMBO (the document critical of the Yankee Stadium event which is  available on the NICL website).

We are pleased to have Bishop Gilbert accept our invitation to preach and hope that it will contribute in part, to bringing the LCMS together under our Lord’s pure Gospel.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


High Honor for the Brothers – District President Dan Gilbert to Preach at the National Conference — 4 Comments

  1. I suppose, I too should be elated about the Northern Illinois District President’s presence, but alas I am not. He is after all part of the cabal that continues to run the Missouri Synod toward the abyss. I just can’t get excited about having such preach to me.

    On the other hand, given the speakers, he might be exposed to some good theology and that isn’t bad, if he listens instead of simply glad handing and schmoozing.

  2. Elnathan,

    I understand your point. If I gave the impression that I was elated (and I probably did) that was not entirely accurate. I am not so much elated as I am honored. I am honored by the office, not the person or the theology just as I tell my parishoners to try to look past me and to the office I fill.

    It is also important to understand that Bishop Gilbert is not your typical glad-hander. I was not convinced of that a year and a half ago, but my fellow NICL members were, and encouraged me that Pastor Gilbert was sincere and respectful of conservatives. Some pretty intense interaction with him in the last year and a half has proven that to be the case. Get a load of this. After I and another brother confronted Bishop Gilbert about some problems in one of his district newsletter articles, he apologized in writing in the next month’s article. He apologized before the entire district! That is a real man. There were still some other issues that were not corrected but on one key matter he openly and publicly apologized to the members of our district and thanked us for holding him accountable.

    Before I even called to ask him to preach, it turns out that he already had the conference on his schedule and was planning to attend. I do not think we are going to convince him of much even in the long haul, let alone at a single conference. However, I am convinced that he is genuinely listening.

    We ran someone else for distrinct president and I would still prefer that person over our current Bishop but I am very impressed with the respect that he is showing toward conservatives.

    Again, I do not disagree with your comment and appreciate it but I hope you can see that our member of the cabal is at least respectful of conservatives and listening to us. That is not everything but it is something and I am grateful for it.

    Thank you for your courage and bluntness I hope this helps.

    Pastor Rossow

  3. We are really excited to be coming to the conference. While I understand the muted optimism, hopefully having Pres. Gilbert in attendance is an indication that some of the “aristocracy” is recognizing the conservatives in the synod. It certainly is better than being dismissed as an insignificant minority like the 7600+ were last spring!

    Are there any plans to have Pastor Wilken mention the conference on IssuesEtc?

  4. Kevin,

    That’s a good idea. I talked to Pastor Wilken the other day but did not think to ask him to put something on the air. Jon Townsend is the one who writes, produces and sends our ads to Issues so I usually have little to do with that. I will send a note to Todd and Jeff and ask them to mention it.

    Pastor Rossow

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