The LCMS has a new 6th Vice President!

The Rev. Christopher Esget preaches during a pre-March for Life LCMS Divine Service Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

The Rev. Christopher Esget preaches during a pre-March for Life LCMS Divine Service Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va.  Photo courtesy of LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

News came out today from the LCMS administration that the Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn resigned as the Sixth Vice President (East-Southeast Region) of the LCMS for health reasons.  Please include him in your prayers.  He has served the Synod very faithfully over the years, including as the 11th President of the Synod.   Here is a biography of Dr. Kuhn.

In his place President Harrison appointed a replacement that is also exciting news.  The Reporter article on this can be found here.  Rev. Christopher Esget is now the 6th Vice President of the LCMS and the Regional Vice President for the East-Southeast Region of the LCMS (consisting of the following Districts: Southern; Flordia-Georgia; Southeastern; Ohio; Eastern; Atlantic; New Jersey; New England).  The appointment was made by President Harrison following Synod Bylaws.  I would also say that this appointment follows the will of the Synod in Convention that elected Dr. Kuhn as a known confessional leader (Regional Vice Presidents, although nominated by their region are elected by the whole convention).  Rev. Esget is also known for his confessional theology and is a staunch confessor of the faith.  Here is his information from his congregation (and school’s) website.  He is an ardent defender of Confessional Doctrine and the liturgy.  He has in recent years also become a very vocal leader in the pro-life movement of the LCMS.  More than all of this, Rev. Esget is a parish pastor and also a pastor over a K-8 parochial school (a classical one!) – two of the most fundamental things about the LCMS.  All of this makes for a very good appointment to the Praesidium of the LCMS.

Congratulations are in order to Rev. Esget, and prayers as well as he assumes these duties in mid term as we approach the 2016 convention.


About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


The LCMS has a new 6th Vice President! — 6 Comments

  1. Last summer I heard Rev. Esget preach at the workshop at Seward, NE, and I was impressed. I believe we have a good 6th VP.

    I sometimes read his blog at Good stuff.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus,
    Ginny Valleau

  2. I’m very sorry Dr Kuhn has resigned but happy to see another bit of good news for the synod in this appointment.

  3. Excellent selection for 6th VP, whenever I return to the D.C. area I attend Immanuel. It is worth the 1 hour drive to go to a confessional church rather than the ones near where I usually stay.

  4. I was a member of this congregation in 70’s and have visited there many times and up to the present. I know first hand Pr. Esget has overseen some very positive changes at Immanuel. It has gone from a conservative church with several deep problems and poor demographics, to a confessional church with many improvements and renewal in its members having good demographics. Not to mention services are well attended and the school is growing, not contracting. Fund raising is ongoing to expand and modernize the school building.

    Great choice to fill the vacancy.

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