Class Notes – October 2015
The Rev. Dana Heiserer, MDiv 2010 | Synodical Call to God’s Grace Lutheran Community, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New Call: I’ve received a synodical call to God’s Grace Lutheran Community, which is a collaborative ministry of Redemption Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. Petri-Hope Lutheran Church located in Northeast Philadelphia. After working for over a year on creating this collaborative ministry, it has finally taken shape and is the first of its kind in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. God is working in new and awesome ways through these three churches joining together to share in spreading the Good News!
The Rev. Judith VanOsdol, MDiv 1987 | Director for Evangelical Mission/ Assistant to the Bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA
Received and accepted call as Director for Evangelical Mission/ Asst. to the Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod to beginning October 2015.
The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, MDiv 2010, PhD 2014 | Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Currently an adjunct professor of religion and philosophy at two universities: Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania) and Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania).
Bishop Emeritus Harold Weiss celebrating 60th Anniversary of Ordination
A Celebration of the Church’s Ministries and the 60th Anniversary of Ordination of Bishop Emeritus Harold Weiss will be celebrated on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the 10:15 am worship service in Redeemer Lutheran, 822 N. 19th Street, Allentown. The worship honors all the ministries of Church. Bishop Samuel Zeiser will preach. A reception follows the celebration. All are welcome. Call the church office (610-434-1291) if you have any questions.
The Rev. Dr. Harold S. Weiss ’55 (photo right) and his wife Mary Anne Weiss were presented LTSP’s Soli Deo Gloria Award in 2010, recognizing the couple for their decades of service to the Church and seminary. Dr. Weiss served for 13 years as Bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and for many years as a seminary trustee.
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The Rev. Paul H. Feil, BD 1954
Pastor Paul H. Feil died on Monday, October 19, 2015.
Following his ordination by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania in 1954, Pastor Feil served as a missionary in Japan – including Director of the Lutheran Student Center in Tokyo (1957-1957), pastor of Beppu Lutheran Church in Kyushu (1957-1960), evangelist in the city of Oita (1960-1966), and assistant pastor of Ikebukuru Lutheran Church in Tokyo (1966-1970). Following his return to the United States, he was the pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Reading until his retirement in 1991. Following retirement, Pastor Feil served for a time as a dean to retired pastors and as the interim pastor of St. John, Reading.
A funeral service was held Sunday, October 25, at Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Feil’s daughters, the Rev. Cathy Feil and Ms. Anne Feil, 1624 N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19604.
Source: Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. Read the obituary from the Reading Eagle.
The Rev. Milton C. Mann, BD 1958
The Rev. Milton C. Mann, a Lutheran pastor and police chaplain who taught hunter-safety courses, died Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center after a traffic crash in Perrysburg Township, Ohio. He was 89.
Pastor Mann, a resident of Otterbein-Portage Valley senior community near Pemberville, Ohio, retired from St. Mark Lutheran Church in Fremont, where he was pastor for 18 years until the mid-1980s.
For years afterward, he filled in at pulpits across northwest Ohio during vacancies and vacations. He was active as a church member as well.
“He was known as a real student of Scripture,” said Pastor Daniel Beaudoin of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, which Pastor Mann attended most recently. “He came to our Wednesday night Bible study and loved it, and he offered a lot. He knew his theology and did a great job of connecting theology to everyday life.”
He was born March 12, 1926, in Toledo to Dorothy and Milton Mann. He grew up in North Toledo and was a 1944 graduate of Woodward High School. He was drafted into the Army, served in Europe during World War II, and received an honorable medical discharge afterward.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Toledo and worked at Pure Oil Co. Members of Glenwood Lutheran Church encouraged his call to ministry and took up a collection to send him to seminary. He was a 1958 graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained at Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio.
His wife, Lee, died Oct. 2, 2003. The couple married on Oct. 2, 1948. Surviving are daughters, Martha Christine Utter and Mary Krauss; son, Michael; sister, Marjorie Haberkamp; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
The family suggests tributes to St. John’s Lutheran; the Lutheran Homes Society in Springfield Township, or Luther Home of Mercy in Williston.
Read the full obituary on the Toledo Blade website.
The Rev. Jan C. Walker, BD 1954
Pastor Jan C. Walker died on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
Following his ordination by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania in 1956, Pastor Walker served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force, stationed on bases both on the U.S. mainland and in Guam. In 1964, he accepted a call to serve St. John Lutheran Church in Melrose Park outside of Philadelphia. From 1969 until 1983, Pastor Walker served as assistant to the President/Bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, relating to the Church Vocations and Examining Committees, to congregations of the Allentown District, and as a member of the board of The Lutheran Theological Seminary iat Philadelphia. Building on his experiences of working with candidates for rostered ministry, in 1976 he published the book Why Me, Lord? The Mystery and Reality of the Call. In 1983, he accepted a call as senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Akron, Ohio, where he served until his retirement in 1993. In retirement, he continued to serve as president of the Akron Area Association of Churches, as an interim in three congregations, and as a board member of Thiel College.
Pastor Walker’s funeral service was private at the convenience of his family. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Walker’s wife, Judy at 1063 Mosser Road, Apartment I-107, Breinigsville, PA 18031.