LHF Executive Director Rev. James Fandrey has accepted a call to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River, Nebraska. Rev. Fandrey will conclude his service at the Lutheran Heritage Foundation on June 30, 2013.
“These past four-and-a-half years have been exciting, challenging years for me,” said Rev. Fandrey. “By the grace of God, it’s been a time of growth for the LHF mission as we’ve expanded into several new language groups in Africa and Asia, as well as greatly increased the number of books distributed here in the Americas – all while navigating a difficult economy to emerge on solid financial ground. Now, I feel that the time is right for a new leader to take LHF to the next stage.”
After serving on the LHF Board of Directors, Rev. Fandrey joined the LHF staff in 2006 as a church relations officer. He was called to the executive director position two years later.
Rev. Walter Otten, chairman of the LHF Board of Directors, said the Board will meet in June to make decisions regarding the call process for a new executive director, as well as to consider leadership options for the interim.
As the LHF Board of Directors begins its search, Pastor Otten said, “It’s important that the LHF executive director be a pastor who takes very seriously his ordination vows to uphold the Lutheran Confessions.”
He added, “In this secular age, when the Christian faith is challenged more than even a generation ago, we must have someone who knows the challenges that the Christian faith faces, and is able to intellectually and faithfully answer them – just as Rev. Fandrey has done.”
The Lutheran Heritage Foundation is a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, based in Macomb, Mich. LHF is dedicated to translating, publishing, distributing, and introducing Lutheran materials in more than 90 languages and 80 countries worldwide. To date, LHF has translated Luther’s Small Catechism into more than 60 different languages.
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