Touching Testimony in Response to a Steadfast Lutherans of the Past Story

(Editor’s Note: I woke this morning to find this wonderful gift of a comment on the  website  – posted at 1:38 AM – and figured it was worth everyone’s attention. It is a comment on a post archived on the Regular Columns page  Walt Otten’s column “Steadfast Lutherans of the Past.”)

Only by a fluke did I discover this site and the existence of The Brothers of John the Steadfast. Reading the article “Steadfast Brothers of the 60s” brought tears to my eyes and vivid memories to my mind.

It was a time of such tumult, and most will never know the incredible efforts of relatively few men that God used to “save” Missouri. My dad (and my mother, by the way) worked tirelessly and at great personal sacrifice in that effort. Most Missourians today have no clue what that struggle was all about. More’s the pity. We could learn many lessons from events of that time.

My sister and I watch with great sadness what is happening to our beloved synod under current leadership. If the president succeeds in his efforts to restructure LCMS and consolidate power in his office, in all likelihood we will leave. A painful decision when our family has sent 10 men into LCMS ministry and we have prayed for Missouri for so many years.

My deep gratitude to the writer (whose name I well recall from those days) for acknowledging my Dad. That someone even remembers warms my heart. Thanks also to the gentleman who remembers Dad’s classes; he loved teaching and put his heart into them. We have kept a number of Dad’s writings, among them I believe are his notes on that course.

Charlotte Gebauer Koelling

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.


Touching Testimony in Response to a Steadfast Lutherans of the Past Story — 1 Comment

  1. Dear Editor and Dear Charlotte,

    Thank you both for the words. Those of us whose families have been tied snugly to the Missouri Synod, as we’ve known it, will have a wrenching time if we have to leave.

    But think of our ancestors: They wouldn’t expect us to remain in a group that only had the name “Missouri Synod” if that group lost the true doctrine!

    [Of course, that’s supposing that the name stayed the same once PK centralized power! *rueful grin*]

    Courage in Christ,

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