Convention 2016: Submitting official nominating ballots, by February 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Convention 2016: Submitting official nominating ballots by February 9

By now your congregation should have received your official nominating ballots for the 2016 Convention. Your congregation should meet to discuss and determine nominations, and the official nominating ballots need to be completed, signed, and submitted by February 9. These are the ballots to use in order to nominate for these offices:

* President
* First Vice-President
* Regional Vice-President
* Regional members of the Board for National Mission
* Regional members of the Board for International Mission

Also, for congregations in the East-Southeast, Great Lakes or Great Plains regions:
* Regional lay member of the Synod’s Board of Directors

Regional map

For more information on the nominating process, see the LCMS Convention page:
It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Nominating Ballots
2016 Nominations and Elections

The United List

To help congregations come up with names for nomination, an unofficial group called The United List generally offers good recommendations for these positions. You can find those recommendations here:

The United List for 2016 Congregational Nominations


KEY: *= Incumbent; ( ) = District; Rev.= pastor or other ordained minister; Tchr.= teacher or other commissioned minister; Dcs.= deaconess; Dr.= earned Ph.D., M.D., etc.; Atty.= attorney or judge.

PRESIDENT – enter both candidates on ballot

Rev. Matthew Harrison*, Ballwin, MO (MO)

Rev. Herb Mueller, Jr. , Waterloo, IL (MO)

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT – enter both candidates on ballot

Rev. Herb Mueller, Jr*, Waterloo, IL (MO)

Rev. Scott Murray, Houston, TX (TX)


Great Lakes: Rev. John Wohlrabe*, Saint Francis, WI (SW)

Great Plains: Rev. Nabil Nour*, Sioux Falls, SD (SD)

West-Southwest: Rev. Scott Murray*, Houston, TX (TX)

East-Southeast: Rev. Christopher Esget*, Alexandria, VA (SE)

Central: Rev. Daniel Preus*, Saint Louis, MO (MO)


Lay-Great-Lakes: Atty. James W. Carter*, Arlington Heights, IL (NI)

Lay-Great-Plains: Atty. Larry Harrington, Casper, WY (WY)

Lay-East-Southeast: Keith Frndak*, Saxonburg, PA (EA)


Ord/Com – Great Lakes: Rev. David C. Fleming, Grand Rapids, MI (MI)

Ord/Com – Great Plains: Rev. Steven C. Briel*, Corcoran, MN (MNS)

Ord/Com – West-Southwest: Rev. Alfonso Espinosa*, Lake Forest, CA (PSW)

Ord/Com – East-Southeast: Rev. Timothy J. Droegemueller*, Cumming, GA (FG)

Ord/Com – Central: Tchr. Martha J. Milas*, Champaign, IL (CI)

Lay – Great Lakes: Robert Knox, Geneva, IL (NI)

Lay – Great Plains: Carla M. Claussen*, New Brighton, MN (MNS)

Lay – West-Southwest: Carol Hack Broome, Santa Clara, CA (CNH)

Lay – East-Southeast: Julia Habrecht*, Alexandria, VA (SE)

Lay – Central: Dr. Gary Quick*, Edmond, OK (OK)

Lay – Central: Ernest E. Garbe*, Lincoln, IL (CI)


Ord/Com – Great Lakes: Rev. David P. Stechholz, Livonia, MI (EN; cong. in MI district)

Ord/Com – Great Plains: Rev. Bernhard M. Seter*, Grafton, ND (ND)

Ord/Com – West-Southwest: Rev. Samuel Cosby, Houston, TX (TX)

Ord/Com – East-Southeast: Rev. Juan A. Gonzalez*, Lehigh Acres, FL (FG)

Ord/Com – Central: Rev. John F. Temple*, Saint Charles, MO (MO)

Lay – Great Lakes: Atty. K. Allan Voss*, Sheboygan, WI (SW)

Lay – Great Plains: Robert Van Gundy*, Saint Paul, MN (MNS)

Lay – West-Southwest: Terence Lung, Sunnyvale, CA (CNH)

Lay – East-Southeast: James Wolf, Presto, PA (EN; cong. in EA district)

Lay – Central: Dr. Kristine Bruss, Topeka, KS (KS)

There is also a handy PDF version of this list for printing. And you can check The United List Facebook page


Convention 2016: Submitting official nominating ballots, by February 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 2 Comments

  1. Dear BJS Bloggers,

    Thanks very much to Pastor Henrickson for reminding us of our LCMS “civic duty” to nominate persons for these offices. I also appreciate the recommended list of names. I might add a few comments to the discussion:

    1) This is a new process for the Regional board positions, which was adopted in 2010. It is the same process used for years for the President and Vice-Presidents. In the past, each congregation could nominate two persons for: President, 1st Vice-President, Regional VP. This year we have added Regional Board of Director positions (for some regions) and Regional Mission board positions (National Mission and International Mission). You can nominate two persons for each position on those boards too.

    2) Some of the Regional Mission positions are 3 year terms; some are 6 year terms. Your ballot will indicate which term applies to which position.

    3) Since these are congregational ballots, a congregational voter’s meeting should be the entity deciding which names go on the ballot.

    4) You should only enter a person’s name on the ballot if you have received their permission to do so. That is a matter of courtesy for the nominee, and effective use of time and resources for the Nominating Committee. Information about the duties of office can be found in the LCMS bylaws and on the convention web-page:

    5) You will notice that all the positions require full name, city, and state of nominees. This is because among rostered workers, there are some persons who have identical or very similar names. This information can be found in the Lutheran Annual or the LCMS online directory.

    6) You will also notice that all the lay positions require, in addition, a mailing address and phone #. This is because they are not rostered, and the Committee for Convention Nominations will need to contact them soon. I would like for my congregation to nominate most of the lay regional incumbents, so I have asked the respective board executives for that contact information. The officers at the International Center are working on it now. If you need the same information, you will need to contact the respective board (per ballot instructions).

    I hope this helps everyone a bit. Thanks again to Pastor Henrickson for this very helpful post!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. A naive question from someone who has only been reading here a couple of years, but has been seeing more and more clearly the directions (plural) of his synod and her consequent needs; How do we go about getting Dr. Noland on the council of presidents, or some similarly influential position in Missouri for the good of our children and our children’s children?

    soli Deo gloria,

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