Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is the 13th person to serve as president of the 2.3-million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Based in St. Louis, the Missouri Synod is the second-largest Lutheran church body in North America
Hospitality – St. Lorenz
Divine Service – St. Lorenz
Wives Lunch – Bavarian Inn Lodge – Lorelei Lounge
Exhibits Open – Bavarian Inn Lodge – Mozart Room
Welcome and Devotion- Bavarian Inn Lodge – Composer Rooms
Session 1 - President Matthew C. Harrison
Session 2 - President Matthew C. Harrison
Session 3 - Q&A with President Matthew C. Harrison
5:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. // Bar open - hosted by Church Extension Fund
Gemütlichkeit with Special Music
Concordia University Ann Arbor Presentation
Session 4 - President David P. E. Maier
Session 5 - "A Time to Encourage and Strengthen Each Other"
Dr. Charles P. Arand is professor of systematic theology. Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (B.A. 1980); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div. 1984, S.T.M. 1987, Th.D. 1989); pastor, St. John, Minden, and St. Luke, Covington, Illinois (1988-89); assistant professor, Concordia Seminary (1989-95); associate professor (1995-2001); professor since 2001; chairman, department of systematic theology, since 1995; assistant dean of faculty (1996-98); acting dean of faculty (1997); faculty marshal since 1997; associate vice president for academic affairs (1998-2004); Waldemar A. and June Schuette Endowed Chair in Systematic Theology since 2003; curriculum developer, Specific Ministry Pastor program, since 2008.
Dr. Joel Biermann
The son of a pastor, Joel Biermann was raised in parishes in Alberta, Nebraska, and Michigan. Graduating from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1983, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and finished his M.Div. in 1987. Married to Jeannalee Richardt in 1985, the young couple embarked on a life of service to the church by beginning at Trinity in Bemidji, Minn. A call led to a pastorate at St. Matthew, Holt, Mich. 1998 brought another move as Dr. Biermann returned to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as a graduate student. He completed his Ph.D. in 2002 with a dissertation entitled, Virtue Ethics and the Place of Character Formation in Lutheran Theology.
Golf - Tee times assigned every 10 minutes until 1:20 p.m.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Registration at Treetops Resort
Opening Worship (Divine Service) at Trinity, Gaylord
Fellowship (sponsored by Thrivent)
Exhibitors Open - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Conference Business and President's Report
Session 1 - Charles Arand
Session 2 - Charles Arand
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Session 3 - Joel Biermann
Session 4 - Joel Biermann
Karaoke - Hosted by Rennie Kaufmann
Gemutlichkeit - Host by Church Extension Fund
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Confirmation Symposium Report & Open Panel Discussion
Under the theme “Lead us,” the All Pastors Conference in October covered the issues of temptation, including sexual temptation and the internet. The PC Task Force has assembled a list of vetted resources to equip pastors and congregations while providing Christian care in these issues. The resources can be found by clicking here.
Victor Minetola’s background is in music, audio production, and graphic arts. In 2005, he had the privilege of performing at the Cornerstone Music Festival in the "Dance Barn" as hyp0static, his electronic music project. Minetola’s currently serves as the Ministry Director/Creative Catalyst at University Lutheran Chapel in Ann Arbor, a site of St. Luke, Ann Arbor. His focus includes Worship Arts and Discipleship. Minetola enjoys the melding of modern art forms with the ancient but timeless message of God's great love. He and his wife, Christine, have two daughters.
Rev. Tige and Sara Culbertson have survived many joys and burdens of a family in ministry. By the grace of God, their marriage has survived lies, addiction, and the whirlwind of emotions that come with living lives that are deeply impacted by the temptations of the world. In 2008, God intervened and called Tige out of the ministry and pulled their family into a life of recovery.
Tige and Sara now live the adventure of sobriety, transparency, and healing in each day of their lives. This past year, Tige was reinstated as a pastor in the LCMS and called as the Pastor of Life Issues at Messiah Lutheran Church in Bullock Creek, Michigan, and as the founding pastor of Restoration Fellowship in Freeland, Michigan. Tige and Sara now passionately use their story of restoration to reach out to the hurting and broken and sharing the love of Jesus that provides hope, healing, and growth.
Rev. Dr. Bryan R. Salminen is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He holds degrees from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich., Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., Michigan State University, University of Toledo, and St. Louis University. He has also done post doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Salminen has served as professor at Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He has served parishes in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan and is currently pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Johns, Mich. Dr. Salminen is also a committee member on the Michigan District Commission Ministerial Growth and Support and the Board of Directors of the Concordia University System. He has authored numerous articles, three books, and is the co-founder of Zoe (www.zoescore.com), an on-line premarital and martial counseling tool that is now used by over 5,000 therapists and pastors. Dr. Salminen and his wife, Casey, have three children.
Thad A. Polk, Ph.D. is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computer Science and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Polk did a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan. His lab does research in the field of cognitive neuroscience, which attempts to understand how the brain implements the mind. He has published two books and over 30 articles, has received 16 research grants, and was named an Arthur F. Thurnau professor for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.
Polk is an active member of Cross & Resurrection, Ypsilanti and served as vice president, elder, and search committee chairman in a previous congregation. He and his wife, Norma, have three daughters.
President & CEO of Covenant Eyes, DeHaas founded Covenant Eyes, Inc. and Michigan Online Group in 2000, both of which are thriving enterprises in Owosso today. He founded Nehemiah Ministries in 1995, a non-profit which provides respite and counseling services in Michigan for pastors and missionaries of all denominations worldwide (http://www.nehemiahm.org/).
Confirmation class in a "smart phone" world. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? How can we keep youth in our churches, how can we help them 'zone in' and arm them with God's Word and Truth? These concerns and others will be tackled at the South and East Pastors' Conference. DCEs and other professional church workers teaching confirmation are invited to join pastors for this 2-day conference.
Tony Cook is the Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He will share, via Skype, his postmodern age and emerging Christianity research.