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Class Notes – March 2017

Journey with JesusThe Right Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, DMin (MDiv 1974) | Bishop of Montana, The Episcopal Church

I wish to announce the publication of my third book, Journey with Jesus: Encountering Christ in his Birth, Baptism, Death, and Resurrection (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016). The book is available as a paperback and eBook

The Rev. Robert Argot (MAPL 2015)  | Pastor, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Reading, PennsylvaniaThe Rev. Rob Argot

After ten years serving as the pastor of Friedens Lutheran in Bernville (and five years as the interim at Bethany Lutheran, West Reading, all Pennsylvania), I have just started a new call as the pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The Rev. James T. Heckman (MDiv 1980) | Interim/Bridge Pastor at Peace-Tohickon Lutheran, Perkasie, PennsylvaniaThe Rev. James Heckman

Called back from retirement to work in vacant parishes. I served as Bridge Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Red Hill, Pennsylvania from September 2016 through February 2017. On March 1, 2017, I began an Interim/Bridge position at Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

KrKristen Opalinski-web200isten Opalinski (MAR 2016) | Communications Manager at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

I recently began a new position serving as communications manager for mission advancement at the ELCA Churchwide Offices in Chicago. I’ll be leading a number of communications and marketing efforts in the areas of Global Mission, Global Church Sponsorship, and the ELCA Fund for Leaders

The Rev. Tom Irwin, Jr. (MDiv 1979) | Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Mount Penn, PennsThe Rev. Tom Irwinylvania

On February 1, 2017, I accepted a 3-year call to Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Penn (Reading), Pennsylvania with a quarter time contract for services to Bethany Lutheran Church in Stoney Creek (Reading), Pennsylvania

Nelson RiveraThe Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera (MDiv 1987, STM 1998) | Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry and Director of the Latino Concentration, LTSP

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera has been appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary. See March’s LTSP Notes for details

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The Rev. Dr. Wanda E. McNeill (DMin 2005)

The Rev. Dr. Wanda McNeillThe Rev. Dr. Wanda E. McNeill, 72, of Rockford, Illinois, died at home on Thursday, January 5, 2017, of pulmonary fibrosis.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, on February 21, 1944, she was reared in rural communities east of Sioux City and graduated from Moville High School in 1962. She graduated from Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines and became a Registered Nurse. In 1966, she went to Yancey County, North Carolina as a VISTA volunteer. She later joined the Yancey County Public Health Department and was one of the founders of a local Hospice Agency. In April 1972, she married Frank McNeill and they became foster parents to twelve children, one of whom they adopted, Chris.

In the early 1980’s she was called to the ministry, and graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master of Divinity. Before ordination, she served at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, Maryland. In 1990, Pr. McNeall was ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and was called to the Lutheran Church of Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. While there, she along with Roger Truehart was instrumental in starting Southeast Ministries, a social justice ministry in the inner city. In 2005, she graduated from LTSP with a Doctorate of Ministry. In 2007, she was called to Lake Preston/North Preston Lutheran Churches in Lake Preston, South Dakota. She retired in 2014 and moved to Rockford, Illinois, where she served as interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church until August 2016.

Read the full obituary on the Olson Funeral and Cremation Services website.

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