BJS Newsreel: BJS Conference Keeps Getting Better – President’s Sr. Assistant and Former Commission on Worship Assistant Director Jon Vieker to Chant Evening Prayer

It’s not too late to sign up for the annual BJS Conference. LCMS President Senior Assistant Jon Vieker will be making the trip up from St. Louis with President Harrison and will grace the conference by chanting our Evening Prayer service after the banquet on Friday night.

The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) are in the third year of annual conferences. This year’s conference is once again being held in the midwest at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, convenient for auto travel and centrally located between O’Hare and Midway airports. The conference is Friday and Saturday, February 11-12. The highlight of the conference will be President Harrison’s banquet address on Friday night. The presentations on Saturday are based on the three emphases of the Harrison administration for the coming years: Witness, Mercy and Life Together.

We are pleased to have Rev. Jon Vieker chanting our worship on Friday evening. Rev. Vieker served as the Assistant Director for the LCMS Commission on Worship from 1998 until last year when he was chosen by President Harrison to be his Senior Assistant. Rev. Vieker is an accomplished cantor, editor and composer. His worship leadership at the conference will enhance the already rich variety of tradition and excellence that BJS conference music director, Cantor Phillip Magness provides for the conference goers each year.

For more details on the conference and to register, click here. We have record registrations but still have plenty of room. Time is growing short. Registration will close Sunday, February 6, just two and a half weeks from now.

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 Newsreel: BJS Conference Keeps Getting Better – President’s Sr. Assistant and Former Commission on Worship Assistant Director Jon Vieker to Chant Evening Prayer — 6 Comments

  1. Will there be some time set aside for appropriate appreciation of one of God’s most gracious first article gifts – the cigar?

  2. Nimble,

    We usually have time set aside at a local cigar shop on Friday night but since our festivities are starting later than usual it did not work out that way. Vespers won’t be done until 9 PM. That is when the shop closes. Last year he stayed open late for us but we got there around 8:30 and not 9:30. I may check and see if he will stay open even later for us but cannot make any promises.


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