Great Stuff — Harrison announces slate for LCMS first vice-president

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LCMS President/President-elect Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has announced the five nominees who will stand for election as the Synod’s first vice-president at this summer’s LCMS convention.

Fickenscher

Fickenscher

The nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Rev. Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II, chairman and professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and director of the Pastoral Formation programs at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. of Waterloo, Ill., who is currently serving his second term as LCMS first vice-president.
  • Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray, senior pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church and School, Houston, who is currently serving his first term as LCMS fourth vice-president. Murray previously served (2010-13) as fifth vice-president.
  • Mueller

    Mueller

    Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus of St. Louis, who is currently serving his first term as LCMS third vice-president. Preus served a previous term (2010-13) as fourth vice-president.

  • Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr. of St. Francis, Wis., who is currently serving his second term as LCMS second vice-president. Wohlrabe is president of the Board of Governors for the Concordia Historical Institute, editor-in-chief of theConcordia Historical Institute Quarterly and an adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.
Murray

Murray

Harrison selected the candidates for first vice-president from a list of 20 ordained ministers who received the highest number of nominations from LCMS congregations and who agreed to serve if elected. Bylaws required Harrison to select two of the candidates from the top five of the 20 nominated.

“The Lord blessed our Synod with a superb group of vice-presidents this past triennium,” Harrison said. “In assembling the slate, I chose to include a number of their names for consideration.”

Election of the first vice-president and five regional vice-presidents will take place during the Synod’s 66th Regular Convention, July 9-14 in Milwaukee.

Preus

Preus

Nomination ballots for first vice-president were mailed to all congregations last fall. Each voting congregation was invited to nominate one or two rostered ordained ministers for the full-time position that is based at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. The deadline for congregations to submit their ballots was Feb. 9.

An outside auditor tallied the ballots for president and first vice-president nominations.

The original 20 nominees and their biographical information can be found in the 2016 Biographical Synopses & Statements of Nominees (Pages 10-22). To download that publication, visit lcms.org/convention/downloads.

Wohlrabe

Wohlrabe

On June 15, LCMS Secretary Rev. Dr. Raymond Hartwig announced that district-convention delegates had elected Harrison to his third term as LCMS president. He received 3,507 votes, or 56.96 percent of the ballots cast.

Harrison, the first vice-president and other LCMS officers elected during the Synod convention will be installed in September.

To see the results of all convention elections, visit lcms.org/convention/election-results.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

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Great Stuff — Harrison announces slate for LCMS first vice-president — 6 Comments

  1. I had forgotten that weird new system where the President makes up the slate for First Vice-President. It seemed blatantly obvious to me at the time that was designed to allow the President to hand-select his successor, though that’s not really operative this year because the current incumbent could easily serve several more terms and doesn’t need yet to think along those lines. I bet that’s one particular aspect of the restructuring that the former President and many supporting and voting for the plan at the time very much regret.

  2. @Rev. Kevin Vogts #1

    I had forgotten that weird new system where the President makes up the slate for First Vice-President. It seemed blatantly obvious to me at the time that was designed to allow the President to hand-select his successor, …
    I bet that’s one particular aspect of the restructuring that the former President and many supporting and voting for the plan at the time very much regret.

    Since the former SP invented the procedure, no tears.
    It was one of those “man proposes, God disposes” items which presently works in favor of Lutheranism.

  3. I think this ought to be changed where the top vote getters are on the slate, just like for SP. Even thought the former SP who was defeated wanted this as a way to control who will be the SP after he stepped down, it still is a terrible way of doing things.

    I also am no fan of how the SP is currently selected ahead of the convention. It should go back to the old way of selecting the SP and all other elected positions. That is my two cents for what it is worth.

  4. Electing VPs with this slate goes back to JK and his having Daniel Preus his first term. He wanted someone he could work with. Diekleman was the result.

  5. I was adamantly opposed to these changes which have the (either intended or unintended) effect of nearly guaranteeing reelection of the incumbent as long as he chooses to run, and then allows him a term or two ahead of his anticipated retirement to basically hand-pick his prospective successor to be First-Vice President, who will probably have a lock on getting promoted to President.
    But, upon further consideration, maybe the system isn’t so bad after all. . .
    Okay, I admit I’m being blatantly hypocritical, this system really vitiates our historic polity, and it should be modified as a matter of principle. If we let it slide it eventually will come back to bite us. But honestly I’m still all “restructured” out after the Herculean, never-ending, restructuring marathon we had under the last President and I think the Synod right now is too.

  6. @Bob Pase #4

    Indeed. Let us recall that even in Kieschnick’s first term, apart from the Yankee Stadium fiasco, he was somewhat restrained by the fact the Praesidium at the time was largely made up of ‘steadfast Lutherans,’ such as Rev. Preus, Schulz, Weinrich, and King, as I recall.

    It wasn’t until the bloodletting that was the 2004 Convention that several of these men lost those positions. But in the years up until then you didn’t see many “joint statements” from the 2001-2004 Praesidium for good reason.

    That went into the factoring of the restructuring process. Kieschnick and his supporters wanted to be sure they would have a like mind in the 1st Vice-President. Diekelman was actually elected BEFORE that restructuring was done. But my guess is that had Kieschnick won re-election in the same convention, Diekelman would be the 1st VP for awhile yet.

    It is also worth remembering the great many liberal voices speaking out prior to that convention were “all in” for the structural changes. They knew it would give Kieschnick more support.

    They got the changes they wanted. And then their man got defeated. I don’t think ANY of them have room to complain about Harrison now using that change to make sure the 1st VP is a genuine Lutheran.

    The only concern I DO have is making sure we get two candidates nominated for President in the top 3 for future conventions. If God forbid, Rev. Harrison should be called home to the Lord after nominations are ended, we need to have another confessional candidate whom we can vote for. Recall after Dr. Barry’s death before the 2001 convention the Synod Secretary announced no one else would be added to the pool of candidates. Luckily we still had Pres. Wenthe, Rev. Preus, and one other candidate we could have chosen from.

    This time around with only Harrison, Maier, and Meyer, if the Lord would call Rev. Harrison home, we wouldn’t have had anyone else from the confessional Lutheran viewpoint to support.

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