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Class Notes: May 2015

The Digital Cathedral coverThe Rev. Keith Anderson, (STM 2002), Author; Pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA

Pastor Anderson’s new book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (May 2015, Morehouse Publishing), was released earlier this month. An excerpt from the book, “Canterbury Cathedral c. 1167,” was published on the Day 1 website.

Pr. Anderson’s March 2015 LTSP convocation, Ministry Leadership in a Digital Age, has over 475 YouTube views. The convocation builds on Pr. Anderson’s experience in ministry and draws on what he learned while writing The Digital Cathedral.


The Rev. Dr. Julius  Carroll (MDiv 1981, DMin 2008), Retired/Long Term Interim Pastor

In my retirement,  I am serving as interim pastor (3 weeks out of a given month) at Bethlehem Lutheran, New Orleans, Louisana. This African American congregation is 131 years old (coming out of LCMS in 1988).

The fourth week of a given month, and during the entire  month of October, I will be researching and writing an historical summary of African American Lutherans in North Carolina.


The Rev. Mark English (MDiv 1978), Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, McClure, Ohio and Hospice of NW Ohio

Took a week’s vacation in Paris in April with youngest daughter. (She’d been in London for the spring semester and wanted to travel for 3+ weeks). Got my appetite for Monet and Rodin satisfied (as well as for French and other cuisine), saw many sites. Great weather. Trip of wonderful memories.


The Rev. Raymond A. Miller (MDiv 1979, STM 1985), Pastor

In May I completed sixteen years as Secretary of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and in August I complete a six-year term as a member of the ELCA Church Council.



The Rev. Paul SchaedigerThe Rev. Paul A. Schaediger (BD 1962)

Pastor Paul A. Schaediger died on Sunday, April 18, 2015.

Following his ordination in 1962, Pastor Schaediger served as pastor of St. Luke, Easton until 1967. From 1967 until 1979, he was pastor of St. Paul, Norristown. In 1981, he was called to Trinity, Buck Run and English, Minersville, where he served until his retirement in 2006. In retirement, he continued to serve the Minersville-Buck Run Pastoral Charge under contract. He also provided pastoral services to several nursing homes and other area congregations.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 25 at English Lutheran Church, Minersville, PA.

Condolences may be sent to Pastor Schaediger’s wife, Margaret at 430 E. Arch Street, Pottsville 17901.

Information from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. Photo and obituary from Pottsville Republican Herald at


Pr. Gary Kugler

Pastor Gary Kugler of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Union City stands on the porch of the house next door to the church which served as a temporary homeless shelter to Cuban refugees, Monday, March 10, 2014. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

The Rev. H. Gerhardt (Gary) Kugler (BD 1966)

The Rev. H. Gerhardt (Gary) Kugler, Pastor of St. John, Union City, entered the Church Triumphant on Friday, May 15, 2015, while in hospice care. A funeral liturgy was held Thursday, May 21, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church, Union City, New Jersey, where Pastor Kugler served in ministry for many years.

Pastor Kugler, born in Somerville, NJ, was a graduate of Rutgers University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (BD 1966), and Temple University, and at the time of his ordination he was a member of St. Mark (currently Santa Isabel), Elizabeth, where his father The Rev. Heinz W. H. Kugler was pastor. On May 25, 1966, Pastor Kugler accepted a call to serve as pastor of St. John, Union City. It was being pastor to this congregation and community that would span his forty-nine years of ordained ministry. His care and concern for people living in poverty led to one of the first homeless shelters in Hudson County, located in the lower level of St. John. The ministry outgrew its space and is known today as the Palisade Emergency Residence Corp (PERC).

Pastor Kugler is survived by his daughters Greta, Christa, Joanna and Susanna.. Please remember them and the congregation of St. John in your prayers.

Information from New Jersey Synod, ELCA. Photo and obituary from The Jersey Journal, online at


The Rev. Larry V. Schell (BD 1962)

Pastor Larry V. Schell died on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Following his ordination in 1962, Pastor Schell served as pastor of the Heidelberg-Slatedale Parish until 1965. From 1965 until his retirement in 1999, he was the pastor of St. Paul in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville, PA 19518. A time for visitation will precede the worship service, beginning at 9:30 am.

Condolences may be sent to Pastor Schell’s wife, Janis, at 114 Wessex Court Reading PA 19606.

Information from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA.

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