Class Notes – January 2016
| Spring Convocation: Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12, 2016 – Save the Date! |
The Rev. James Hulihan, MDiv 1973 | Retired
I had the opportunity to officiate at the funeral of Mr. Norman Jensen, the uncle of classmate Steve Jensen. Norm was revered by the many people who knew and loved him. He lived to be 94 years of age. During his lifetime, he served as choir director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Loudonville, New York. He also contributed many hours of volunteer service to the local VA hospital in singing and playing the organ/piano, as well as in visiting with the vets. He was especially endeared to children, to whom he gave quarters and peppermint Life Savers at church. Steve evidently took some inspiration from his uncle, having sung in the seminary choir and having served as a career Navy Chaplain.
The Rev. Eric Anderson, MDiv 1987 | Interim Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
I am in my 19th congregation (2 were full-time calls totaling 10 years and the rest were interims). I like change more than most church folks, so I get a new building, office, staff, volunteer system, order of worship, and neighborhood every year or so, and people put up with me knowing I am only temporary. Some do wish I could stay as pastor. I still live in Carlisle since moving here in 1987 for my first call. Memorial in Shippensburg is the largest and most active since my first call. It seems like the building and the people are busy every day of the week.
My oldest son is an engineer working on space travel, my second son is an accountant at one of the big three firms, and my daughter is graduating college and looking for graduate schools in speech therapy. My sons already earn more than I do.
Additional thoughts: God is good, even when I don’t understand or disagree or disbelieve. My God seems very different from the God I hear about in the news and politics, but then we all do create our own image of God. Each person and each community has a slightly (or very) different understanding of what God is and what God does and what God wants and what God requires. The understandings of the human role (identity,purpose,mission,response) are just as varied. The younger generations have perspectives which the older generations of believers have not learned how to understand and appreciate, but when young people can understand and accept the traditional perspective, they fit right in. I may write a book someday with my unconventional thoughts, if I ever get past my procrastination and other stumbling blocks.
The Rev. Dr. R.L. Shepherd, MAR 1985 | Pastor, Mt. Zion AME Church-Fenwick in Pilesgrove, New Jersey/Instructor NJMI
I am the pastor of the Mt. Zion AME Church-Fenwick in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. In addition, I am a member of the Atlantic City Board of Examiners and an instructor of a class in Sacraments and Creeds of the New Jersey Ministerial Institute of the AME church held at Princeton Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. I received my Doctor of Ministry degree five 5 years ago from Carolina University School of Theology.
The Rev. Carl W. Ames, MDiv 1992 | Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Huntington, West Virginia
Son Devin is a freshman at St. Olaf and daughter Paula is a sophomore at Cabell Midland High School. Devin is also this synod’s youth voting member to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly. I have been named one of three Centurion Connection representatives for my synod. This is a new organization in the ELCA, using many former military chaplains to improve connections between Lutheran congregations and vets and active duty military.
The Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, BD 1960 | Retired
The Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, BD 1960, will join Dr. Larry Rasmussen, Union Seminary (emeritus) as the chief presenters at a Metropolitan New York Synod continuing education conference for pastors and rostered lay leaders at Koinonia, Highland Lake, New York, April 25-28, with the theme “Nature Groaning, Nature Praising: the Earth and the Sacramental Imagination.” Dr. Santmire’s lectures will include “Rescuing St. Francis for Pope Francis: A Radical Saint for a Hopefully Radical Pope” and “Rescuing Luther for the Lutherans: Retrieving Luther’s Paradoxical Immanence Theology for a Church Sometimes Fixated on the ‘Pro Me.'”
Sarah (Sally) Wolfe Klos, MDiv 1974
Sarah (Sally) Wolfe Klos, at age of 90, went home to God’s loving arms on December 24, 2015 after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, was a graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (BA) and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (MDiv), receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986. She was commissioned an Associate in Ministry in April 1970, and before her retirement in 1990, Sally served at Christ, Oreland, Pennsylvania, and Prince of Peace in Marlton, New Jersey. She was a published author of the book Prayers Alone/Together, education curriculum, and numerous magazine articles, and also served on the Division for Global Mission os the ELCA.
Sally is predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Frank W. Klos, Jr., and is survived by four children: Kathy Klos Reehl (Jim); Eric G. Klos (Mimi Fox); Beverly Klos Perry (Chuck), and Andrew Thomas Klos (Karen); seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
A service in celebration of Sally’s life and devotion to God and family, friends and community was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Marlton, NJ on January 2, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Medford Leas or Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.
“Sally Klos ’74, was the first female recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986, and was a great leader and servant of the Lutheran Church in America and later the ELCA. We give great thanks for her life and pray for those who grieve her loss”. (The Rev. Annemarie Cook. LTSP Alumni Association president, via Facebook)
The Reverend Dr. Donald Bruce Myrom, MDiv 1965
The Reverend Dr. Donald Bruce Myrom, age 75, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, died December 17, 2015. Pr. Myrom was an ordained Lutheran minister for 50 years. He is a graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1965, and received his Doctorate of Theology at Boston University. He served LTSP as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and on the development staff.
Beloved husband of Barbara E. Schuldner, loving father of Deborah Myrom and Jillian (Mark) Mazullo, loving grandfather of Sophia, Claudia and Eva Mazullo. Dear son of the late Chester and Delta Myrom.
A memorial service was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 930 West Higgins Road, Schaumburg, Illinois. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to your own church or Lutheran Domestic Disaster Response, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009, (indicate on memo – Lutheran Disaster Response).
The Rev. Ernst “Ernie” Gerhart Schmidt, BD 1956
Distinguished graduate of Wittenberg University and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Five months out of seminary, birthed Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, in a fire hall. By his retirement, Gloria Dei had grown to 4,000 members gathering on a 12-acre campus. Motivated by Schmidt’s deep passion for the poor elderly, Gloria Dei was one of the first congregations in the country to develop senior housing. The Gloria Dei Foundation has established five senior facilities. Pr. Schmidt began a TV series “Make it Happen” on Channel 29 in Philadelphia and later a radio program broadcast over WFLN-FM. A friend of Robert Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale, Schmidt’s sermons were short on guilt and judgment and long on acceptance.
During his pastoral career, Pr. Schmidt preached to hundreds of thousands of parishioners, whether at Gloria Dei, the Tabernacle in Ocean City, Ndew Jersey,or various places of worship throughout the country. He performed thousands of weddings and funerals, and counseled thousands more through his unique style.
Alongside his loving wife of 50 years, the late Jane Oliver, Pr. Schmidt was an active participant in the lives of his three children, Lynn McLaughlin, Mark and Julie Kanto, and his seven grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and traveled worldwide over the years with his family and friends.
Pr. Schmidt is survived by daughters Lynn McLaughlin and Julie Kanto (William); son Mark (Maribeth); honorary son Steven Benson, and seven grandchildren, Carryn McLaughlin, Kyle McLaughlin, Erica Schmidt, Lindsey Schmidt, Jack Schmidt, Connor Kanto and Hailey Kanto.
One of Pr. Schmidt’s most famous quotes, and the motto for his life, was “The Opportunity Seekers Creed”
Life is for living!
If it gets comfortable,
I will not coast.
If it becomes empty or dark,
I will strike
A new match of opportunity
And with God’s help,
In its light….
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging/ Emergency Fund, 642 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130.
The Rev. Dr. Edward Treichel, BD 1953
The Rev. Dr. Edward Treichel died January 12, 2015 at age 86.
Dr. Treichel graduated from Muhlenberg College and the Lutheran Seminary in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. He served two congregations in Berks County, Pennsylvania, followed by 19 years as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burholme, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then 20 years as Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, Philadelphia. All the congregations grew in numbers and strength.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Gisela; daughters Valerie Jeske (Michael) and Marcella Curtiss and son Matthew (Noriko); and grandchildren Melanie and Andrew.
Service of Resurrection and Faith was celebrated January 18, 2016 at Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, Pennsylvania.
Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Gisela Treichel
1343 W. Baltimore Pike D 216
Media, PA 19063-5573
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: Silver Springs-Martin Luther School, 512 West Township Line Road, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 19462 or Reformation Lutheran Church, 102 W. Rose Tree Road. Media, PA 19063.
The Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, BD 1962
Pastor John M. Brndjar died on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at age 77.
Following his ordination by the Slovak Zion Synod of the ULCA in 1962, Pastor Brndjar was called to the congregation of Sts. Peter and Paul in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. In 1971, he left congregational ministry to join the staff of Lutheran Welfare Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, now a part of Diakin Lutheran Social Ministries, eventually becoming its president and chief executive officer. From 1992 to 1993, Pastor Brndjar was an associate to the bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. From 1993 until his retirement in 2000, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania. In retirement, Pastor Brndjar served the church as an interim pastor in several congregations. Throughout his career, he also served the larger church in a variety of functions, including being a member of the Executive Boards of the Slovak Zion and Northeastern Pennsylvania Synods and the Board of Directors of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
A memorial service for Pastor Brndjar will be held in the spring.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Brndjar’s Wife, Elizabeth, 2324 Fox Meadow Drive, Allentown, PA 18104.
Information from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA.
The Rev. Craig J. Dorward, BD 1949
The Rev. Craig J. Dorward entered God’s Eternal Kingdom on Oct. 25, 2015, after 66 years of dedicated ministry. He was 88.
Pr. Dorward was the son of the late Jonathan and Helen Dorward of Reading, Pennsylvania, and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marian; a daughter, Kristin Anne Schmidt and son, John Stephen Dorward. He also has five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Dallas Dorward; and a sister, Anna Smith.
He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Shillington High, after which he attended Muhlenberg College, graduating in 1948, and Mt. Airy Seminary in Philadelphia in 1949. He was ordained in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Reading, Pennsylvania, in July 1949. He completed graduate study at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and also at Yale University, as well as John Hopkins Hospital.
His first call was to Grimsville Parish, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with four parishes (Frieden’s Lutheran, New Bethel, Dunkel’s, and New Bethel Zion churches), where he served for six years. He then moved to other Pennsylvania calls including Jonestown with two parishes, Zion and Satazahn’s churches, for six years. From there, he was called to Good Shephard Lutheran in Lenker Manor, Harrisburg. During his three year ministry there, the congregation constructed a new church. The next call was Bloomsburg at St. Matthew Lutheran where he served for 10 years, eventually moving to Lebanon at Zion Lutheran, finishing out his career back in Jonestown, with six parishioners in the ministry and one Deaconess, God’s work and Pastor’s legacy carry on. Pr. Dorward served on the Boards of the Millersburg Lutheran Home, Spangcrest, Lebanon, World Mission Committee of ELCA and the YMCA.
Funeral services were October 30, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lebanon, with a private family interment following the service in Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Music Fund, 161 E. Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815; or Lebanon Community Library, 125 N. 7th St., Lebanon, PA 17046.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Neiderhiser, DMin 1990
The Rev. Dr. Frederick “Fred” G. Neiderhiser, 64, of Secaucus, New Jersey, died at home on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Beloved husband of Pastor Nancy Ruckert; loving son of Charles and the late Lida Neiderhiser; devoted father of Jonathan and his wife Jenny, Joel and his wife Nicole, and Adam and his wife Ralisha; adored grandfather of Johanna and Matthias; dear brother of Edward Neiderhiser and his wife Sally. Pr. Neiderhiser received his Doctor of Ministry from LTSP in 1990. He served congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The funeral service was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 Roosevelt Ave, Secaucus, NJ. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fred may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.