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South & East Pastors' Conference


South & East Pastors' Conference

"Joy-Filled Ministry in a Discouraged World"


May 15-16, 2012


Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734




Rev. Dr. Matthew C. HarrisonRev. 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


9:00 a.m. Hospitality – St. Lorenz
10 a.m. Divine Service – St. Lorenz 
11:30 a.m. Wives Lunch – Bavarian Inn Lodge – Lorelei Lounge
12:00 p.m. Exhibits Open – Bavarian Inn Lodge – Mozart Room
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Devotion- Bavarian Inn Lodge – Composer Rooms
1:15 p.m. Session 1 - President Matthew C. Harrison
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Session 2 - President Matthew C. Harrison
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Session 3 - Q&A with President Matthew C. Harrison
5:30 p.m. Break
  5:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. // Bar open - hosted by Church Extension Fund
6:30 p.m. Dinner
After Dinner Gemütlichkeit with Special Music
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Devotion
8:15 a.m. Concordia University Ann Arbor Presentation
8:45 a.m. Session 4 - President David P. E. Maier
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Session 5 - "A Time to Encourage and Strengthen Each Other"
11:00 a.m. Devotion
12:00 p.m. Check-out

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North & East Pastors' Conference


North & East Pastors' Conference

"Teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you" - Matthew 28:20


May 7-9, 2012


Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, Michigan 49735


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Dr. Charles P. Arand

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.


12:00 p.m. Golf - Tee times assigned every 10 minutes until 1:20 p.m.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration at Treetops Resort
7:00 p.m. Opening Worship (Divine Service) at Trinity, Gaylord
9:00 p.m. Fellowship (sponsored by Thrivent)
  Exhibitors Open - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Opening Devotions
8:30 a.m. Conference Business and President's Report
9:30 a.m. Session 1 - Charles Arand
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Session 2 - Charles Arand
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Devotions
1:15 p.m. Concordia University Ann Arbor
1:30 p.m. Session 3 - Joel Biermann
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Session 4 - Joel Biermann
3:45 p.m. Closing Devotions
4:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m.

Karaoke - Hosted by Rennie Kaufmann
Gemutlichkeit - Host by Church Extension Fund

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Devotions
9:00 a.m. Confirmation Symposium Report & Open Panel Discussion
11:00 a.m. Closing Devotions

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All Pastors' Conference

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Resources for All Pastors' Conference

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.

Presentations & Materials

Victor Minetola

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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.

Sara Culbertson

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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 Salminen

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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 (, 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 Polk, Ph.D.

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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.

Ron DeHaas, Covenant Eyes - Part 1

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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 (

Ron DeHaas, Covenant Eyes - Part 2

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4 14 Movement Video

Sermons by Rev. Tige Culbertson and President David P. E. Maier

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Download President David P. E. Maier's Sermon MP3 - Video Coming Soon!

President's Report & Conference Wrap-up

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South & East Pastors' Conference

Topic and Speaker

Tony Cook will present via Skype!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.

Conference Agenda

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Meals and Registration - Pastors, Vicars, DCEs, and Professional Church Workers

Registration Fee: $50*
Spouse Registration Fee: $50*
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*The registration fee includes:

- Tuesday Continental Breakfast at St. Lorenz
- Tuesday Banquet Dinner
- Wednesday Breakfast

Tuesday lunch will be on your own.

Pastors and Vicars must secure their own lodging for the conference. Information can be found below.

Please register your attendance on-line. If you have any difficulties, please contact the District Office at 888-225-2111.



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