BJS Presence at Ft. Wayne this Week for Symposia, by Pr. Rossow

Both I  and  Associate Director Suzanne Zobel are manning the BJS booth at the Symposia at Ft. Wayne this week. (We will try to  post some pictures later this week.)

We have  seen chapter leaders and pastors from around the country. Pastor Tony Sikora and Dennis Peskey are here from the De Witt, Michigan chapter. Pastor Jon Ellingworth is here from our downstate New York chapter and informed us that his lay chapter leader, Cantor Stephen Johnson is planning on coming to the conference in Naperville next month. We also talked with William Young from Pegram, Tennessee who informed us that there a handful of BJS members in his congregation. Pastor Gary Wright, BJS Steering Committee member and founder of our chapter in the quad cities also stopped in at the booth as did Board of Directors member Pr. Jacob Ehrhard.

That is just a few of the folks we met. We also visited with people from Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

BJS was also represented on some of the agendas this week. BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue presented an exegetical paper at the Symposia today and a paper at the Lutheran Concerns Association (LCA) meeting on Monday. Pastor Rossow also served on a panel at the LCA meeting that discussed the concerns about the diminished residency required in our seminary ordination programs. Charlie Henrickson wrote an accurate summary of the presentations at the LCA conference. Click here for his review.

We will be manning our booth for the rest of the week. If you are at the symposia and have not stopped by please check us out. We are giving out free color posters John the Steadfast and Katie Luther.

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.


BJS Presence at Ft. Wayne this Week for Symposia, by Pr. Rossow — 2 Comments

  1. Pr. Rossow —

    It was an excellently outfitted booth and wonderfully staffed! Those who missed an opportunity to see and to avail themselves of the Symposium really missed out. Sorry I missed you at the reception — turns out we were at a different Don Hall location. With all the blue-themed beverages, did you also happen to have Johnny Walker [Blue Lable]? This is very rare and substantially older than the Black Lable. If you did have it, I am even sorrier that I missed the reception! Keep up the good work — See you at the Synodical Convention in July if not before then.

  2. At Pastor Rossow’s urging, I bought two books at the BJS booth: “A Famine Not of Bread,” by Tom Raabe, and “The Parador” by Dr. David Adams (CSL Faculty). I finished “A Famine Not of Bread,” and am still coming to terms with it–lots of fun, but a bit unsettling–not quite sure what to make of it.

    About half way through “The Parador” and enjoying a pretty good murder mystery.

    Johannes, the bookworm

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