Dr. Tilahun Mendedo is the new president at Concordia College, Selma, Alabama. He recently dedicated a new campus chapel. Participating in the service was LCMS President Matthew Harrison. Dr. Larry Rast, Academic Dean at CTS Fort Wayne was there, and has put a video clip of parts of the dedication service on his blog here:
Harrison has a long history of cooperative work in the African-American community, dating back to his years as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, an “inner city” congregation that became involved in projects for neighborhood housing. African-Americans have been an important part of the LCMS and its work since 1891, when the “Alpha Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Freedmen in America” invited the Synodical Conference into North Carolina for mission work and cooperative ministry. We continue to pray for the Lord’s blessings on this vital and historic ministry!