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LCMS Eastern District

 

Eastern District 

WHO WE ARE 

 

EASTERN DISTRICT VISION

We desire

HEALTHY LEADERS vigorously

EQUIPPING God's people to

PROMOTE KINGDOM GROWTH

 

 

 

 BREAKING NEW GROUND

 

The people of the Eastern District have accepted the challenge to "Break New Ground" for the Mission of Jesus Christ.  This basic operating principles for Breaking New Ground includes:

ESTABLISHING a process for new ministry, mission and church starts;

HELPING with the training and development of lay leaders;

FORMING geographical clusters of pastors and congregations that will work together as we move into the future that God has ordained for us; and

IMPROVING communication and connections with local congregations.

 

 

EASTERN DISTRICT PROFILE AND FACTS

The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod-Eastern District is one of the four original districts of the LCMS.

125 Congregations located in New York, Pennsylvania and the panhandle of Maryland (see map);
48 elementary and preschools;
27,000 communicant members, 34,000 baptized members;

102 active pastors; over 200 educators (teachers, principals, Director of Christian Education, Deaconesses, Directors of

     Christian Outreach, Directors of Family Life Ministry); 72 retired pastors and hundreds of lay people who lead and teach

     in our congregations;
Four Regions (Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Rochester) represented by four Vice Presidents;
Sixteen Circuits cared for by Sixteen Circuit Visitors;
Regional Mission Initiatives located in Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia;
 

 

CONGREGATION LOCATOR MAP

To View a Google Map that includes the locations of the 

congregations of the Eastern District, LCMS, CLICK HERE

 

 

EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Eastern District Board of Directors consists of the District President,

the Four Regional Vice Presidents, the District Secretary, the Commissioned Ministers Representative,

and eight Sectional Lay Directors.  The Board operates under a Policy Based Governance model and structure.

 

2018-2021 EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Carr, Lay Director Section One

Carl Fretthold, Lay Director Section Two

Jon Allen, Lay Director Section Three

Mark Erbelding, Lay Director Section Four

Melissa Fultz, Lay Director Section Five

Terry Miller, Lay Director Section Six

Susan Bell, Lay Director Section Seven

Garrett Nash, Lay Director Section Eight

John Pingel, 1st Vice President, Buffalo Region

Carl Prostka, 2nd  Vice President, Rochester Region

Dan Hahn, 3rd  Vice President, Pittsburgh Region

Fred Hoover, 4th Vice President, Philadelphia Region

Cyndi Alviani, Commissioned Minister Representative

Brian Smith, Eastern District Secretary

Chris Wicher, President, Eastern District, LCMS

 

 

EASTERN DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENTS AND CIRCUIT VISITORS

 

EASTERN DISTRICT REGIONS

Buffalo

Rochester

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

 

EASTERN DISTRICT, LCMS VICE PRESIDENTS 

First Vice President:

Rev. John Pingel

Second Vice President:

Rev. Carl Prostka

Third Vice President:

Rev. Dan Hahn

Fourth Vice President:

Rev. Fred Hoover

 

EASTERN DISTRICT, LCMS CIRCUIT VISITORS: 

BUFFALO NORTH 01: NICKEL, Jeffrey, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Clarence, NY

BUFFALO SOUTH 02: LETTIERI, Dominick, Redeemer & St. Martin Lutheran Churches, Colden, NY

CATTARAUGUS 03: GOODWIN, Eric, Salem Lutheran Church, Springville, NY

LAKESHORE 04: LUTZ, Thomas, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Eden, NY

NIAGARA EAST 05: BAUCH, Alan, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lockport, NY

NIAGARA WEST 06: GREEN, Ernest, St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda, NY

CENTRAL NY NORTH 07: DOROW, Bill, Calvary Lutheran Church, Waterloo, NY

CENTRAL NY SOUTH 08: HAPP, Carl, Emeritus

ROCHESTER EAST 09: PAPE, Richard, Trinity Lutheran Church, Medina, NY (Vacancy Pastor)

ROCHESTER WEST 10: BROWN, Mark, St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Henrietta, NY

PITTSBURGH N/E 11: KEURULAINEN, Barry, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cabot, PA

PITTSBURGH N/W 12: WALTERS, Sean, Christ Lutheran Church, New Castle, PA

PITTSBURGH S/E 13:

PITTSBURGH S/W 14: McCANLESS, Robert, Concordia Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh (Brentwood), PA

PHILADELPHIA 15: GREEN, Tim, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, PA

SUSQUEHANNA 16: RICHERT, Peter, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Mt. Pocono, PA

 

EASTERN DISTRICT MISSION ORGANIZATIONS

Congregations have not forgotten about the vitality exhibited when Christians and congregations join together in mission efforts beyond themselves yet is an effort close enough to call “our own”.  That’s where our Eastern District Mission Organizations (EDMO) come in. 

 

An EDMO is an organization of congregations that work to initiate, raise up, and support mission efforts in a given region. EDMO’s do mission work.  They are proponents of mission education thereby seeding mission awareness among constituents.  They are locally owned and operated.  They are uniquely comprised and governed.  No two EDMOs are alike.  They exist because strong mission-minded individuals are interested in working with other Christians in other LCMS congregations.  While they are self-governed they operate within applicable and appropriate supervision of the District President to ensure that the mission of the church and the teachings of the church are honored.   

 

To date five EDMO’s exist in the Eastern District.  They are:

                 Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries (PLM)

                 North East Pennsylvania (NEPA)

                 Lutheran Inter-City Network Coalition Rochester (LINC-Rochester)

                 Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries (PALM)

 

“Angel Tear Ministries” is another organization or funding agency also in existence within the Eastern District.  This self-funding ministry operates through the auspices of Concordia Lutheran Homes in Cabot, PA.  While Angel Tear Ministries generously supports mission work at home and around the world, it is not an Eastern District Mission Organization with a purpose of doing mission work directly in the community. 

 

OTHER LCMS AND RELATED MINISTRY RESOURCES

Ambassadors of Reconciliation
Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Center for United States Missions
Concordia Plan Services

Concordia University System

LCMS Commission on Worship
LCMS Seminaries

     Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne
     Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
     St. Catharines Seminary, Ontario

LCMS World Relief

Lutheran Church Extension Fund
Lutheran Foundation

Lutheran Heritage Foundation
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Lutheran Womens Missionary League
Lutherans for Life
Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ
Wheat Ridge Ministries

 

 

 

Contact Information:

District Office:
    Eastern District - Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
    5111 Main Street
    Williamsville, NY 14221-5295

    Phone: (716) 634-5111
    Fax: (716) 634-5452

    District Web Site: www.lcmsed.org

 


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