The Brothers Enter a New Era with New Editor and Chairman of the Board Joshua Scheer, by Pr. Rossow

After a year or so of talking about it Joshua Scheer and I have decided this is a good time to hand off the BJS editorship.

Joshua has been the driving force behind BJS for the last couple of years and so it makes sense that he take over the reigns of our beloved BJS. He is the one who recruited our great cadre of new writers in the last few years and he put together our very successful speaking line-up at our conference this year. Josh has also been the moving force behind BJS expanding into KFUO and the Steadfast Throwdown program.

I relish the challenges and the excitement of the start-up and BJS has had a great beginning but now it is time for the strong management and planning abilities that Josh brings to the table.

Our strong start began with the likes of Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and the now sainted Klemet Preus writing for us, starting/cataloging Confessions reading groups around the country and getting some of the highest numbers of daily hits in the Lutheran blogosphere. (In the past few months we are averaging around 7,000 hits a day and since our inception have had a few days that went well over 20,000 hits.)

I have have other irons in the fire (promoting Lutherans in Africa for one) so it is a good time for this move. God-willing I will be able to continue my travels to Africa in order to promote the proper catechesis of Africans that is the hallmark of Lutherans in Africa.

I will still write for BJS and offer advice when asked but the last couple of years of Josh’s work at BJS shows that he will be able to do just fine and not only continue the work of the Brothers but also grow that work.

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.


The Brothers Enter a New Era with New Editor and Chairman of the Board Joshua Scheer, by Pr. Rossow — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you Pastor Rossow and Pastor Scheer for all of your faithful service to the church.

  2. PASTOR Rossow … Have you received/read my 2 emails regarding the sister church in Denmark looking for pastors? I wrote from my gmail to you gmail rosso w. [email protected] gmail.
    Please write any correspondence to præst Leif G. Jensen. Blessings.
    og god Påske! Kristus er opstanden!

  3. Dear Pastor Rossow,

    Thanks for your leadership and personal “watching-over” this website for the last seven years! A lot of pastors and laymen talk about projects and things they are going to accomplish for the church, but only a few put their shoulder to the plow and actually get something done. You did, as is obvious here. We really don’t have enough people like you in our Lutheran churches, so I want to personally thank you for putting your talents to work in a way that actually has benefited all of us in the conservative-confessional Lutheran churches.

    Since you and I went to different LCMS seminaries, I didn’t really get to know you until we were both in the LCMS-NID district, starting ca. 1990. That year I remember seeing your name on the Nagel Festschrift Committee (book titled “And Every Tongue Confess”), along with Jon Vieker (now LCMS President’s Assistant), Gerald Krispin (now LCC Concordia College President), William Yonkers (now pastor in East Dundee, IL), and Allen Steinbeck (pastor at Paso Robles, CA). I knew then that you were one of the “get-it-done” type of guys.

    A bit later you ended up as LOGIA business manager along with Rod Zwonitzer (now at KFUO). You served in that position from 1992-1994. You have always been a stalwart leader of conservative-confessional Lutheranism in your district, and since the formation of BJS, throughout the LCMS. And because of your leadership, Bethany Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL has the same reputation.

    I expect you will keep finding new ways to put your talents and energy to work. In the meantime, I am sure that Happy Bob will enjoy the extra attention. 🙂

    Blessings to you and Phyllis in this season of our Lord’s resurrection!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

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