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Class Notes – September-October 2014

The Rev. Peter A. Pettit, PhD, MDiv 1980, Director, Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
Just celebrated 15 years at IJCU, as it celebrated 25 years at Muhlenberg! Devoting lots of time to co-directing New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel, an education project of the College with the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. Check it out at “Images of Israel” is a 6-session course for local Christian congregations.


Peter Pettit "Images of Israel"

Taping “Images of Israel” with Prof. Jesper Svartvik at Redeemer Church, Old City, Jerusalem

Peter Pettit "Images of Israel"

Video recording at Stations 3 & 4 on the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Peter Pettit "Images of Israel"

Coaching from Ido Nathan, the video director of “Images of Israel,” overlooking Jerusalem.


Daniel Purtell, MAPL 2014, Global Mission Volunteer in Hungary

Greetings LTSP! As I write this, I am currently sitting in my flat in the city of Békéscaba, Hungary where I am serving as a volunteer for the year through Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). Peace be with you all as you mark this milestone! I will be celebrating with you from afar! Blessings! Follow Dan’s experience during his YAGM year on his blog.

The Rev. Nancy Anderson Milleville
, MDiv 1980, Pastor, Crossroads Lutheran, Amherst, NY
I continue in my full time call at Crossroads and serve as the dean of the Niagara Frontier Conference of the Upstate NY synod.

The Rev. John Meulendk
, MDiv 1999, Associate Professor Michigan State University
Retired from Ordained Ministry. Presently working for Michigan State University counseling medical students in the areas of professional development and spirituality.

The Rev. Julius Carroll
, MDiv 1981, DMIN 2007, Mission Developer in Raleigh, NC
I will be retiring from full time Word and Sacrament ministry on January 1, 2015. I’ll be looking for interim work in NC, or away from my home in Raleigh — if housing is provided for me, Geneva, and “Luther” (the Chinese Shar-Pei).

The Rev. Jeanne Gay
, MDiv 2009, Pastor, Firelands Presbyterian Church, Port Clinton, Ohio
As of the second week in November, I will begin a new call as interim pastor at Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, MD. I’m looking forward to being closer to family and to friends in the Philadelphia area!

The Rev. Miriam Schmidt
, MDiv 2008, Pastor of the Bratislava (Slovakia) International Church and ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Coordinator for Central Europe Church
I am now serving my second call, through ELCA Global Mission in Central Europe. My family (spouse, Jeremy Blyth, and our two daughters Ursula, age 5, and Esme, almost 2) now lives in Bratislava where I serve as Pastor to the Bratislava International Church, a small but very diverse and ecumenical assembly that has now been worshipping at the “Small Church” (a sanctuary of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia) for 20 years. The other part of my call I do with great assistance from Jeremy — together, we coordinate on the Young Adults in Global Mission program here in Central Europe. This year, 7 young adults are serving in a variety of congregations, diakonal programs, and schools of our partner church in Hungary, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. In various ways, these young adults also work to accompany the Roma individuals and communities in their geographic areas. You can see more of Pr. Schmidt’s ministry on the church blog.

The Rev. Dr. Charles G. Biegner, Jr.
, DMin 1964, Retired
Celebrated 75th birthday in June by walking 75 miles from Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center to the Resurrection Health Center, Buffalo, NY (which I started in 2001) in 5 days, raising over $20,000.00 in pledges which was divided between the camp and the health center ministries.

The Rev. Patricia Harris
, MDiv 2006, Pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Claremont NH
Started the new call at Prince of Peace on September 15, 2014, after trying retirement for a year and a half!

The Rev. Robert Karli
, MDiv 1971, Retired
I retired in October, 2007 after 36 years in parish ministry. My final call was First English Lutheran Church, Austin, TX where I served for 23 years, in the course of which I supervised 22 LSTC seminary interns. Previous calls were Trinity Lutheran in Valparaiso, Indiana (10 years) and Christ Lutheran, Jeffersontown, KY (3.5 years). I am in my fourth and final year as board chair of Conspirare, a 5-time Grammy nominated professional choral organization based in Austin. I volunteer as a dog walker at the city animal shelter, do a bit of supply preaching, and am an active home brewer with my two sons (check KarliHaus Brewery on Facebook). In my 38th year as a long distance runner, with 11 marathons under my running shoes. Three grandchildren–all who live nearby. Married to Trish for 43 years and counting! Life and retirement are good in Austin, TX!

Andrew Emmet Ballantine

Andrew Emmet Ballantine

The Rev. Marsha Anderson
, MDiv 2008, Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Reading, PA
Marsha and her husband Brian welcomed their first child, Andrew Emmet Ballantine, on August 22. They are full of joy and grateful that God has entrusted him to their care.

The Rev. Rick Klotz
, MDiv 2003, Retired
I retired on August 1, 2014. I served St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Marklesburg, PA and Zion Lutheran Church in Petersburg, Pa as Pastor. I also served St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mt. Union, PA as vacancy pastor. I moved to Sun City Hilton Head following retirement.

Dr. Walter W. Miller, Jr
., 1957, Retired
I have retired from my professorship at Boston University School of Law and am moving to be with my family, my daughter and grandsons, in Michigan. I am now professor emeritus. My new address is
Dr. Walter W. Miller, Jr.
41890 East Ann Arbor Trail
Plymouth MI 48170
It would be fun to hear from classmates and friends at LTSP.

The Rev. Edward Schreiber
, MDiv 1973, About to Retire
I suspect there are many of my classmates who are in my shoes, about to retire if not already retired. I’d be interested in learning from those who have retired and sharing information with those about to do so, about such things as where they/we will be/are living in retirement, what they/we do about medical and dental coverage, what to do about pension payments, what keeps them/us involved in life after ministry if they/we don’t plan to become interim supplies for vacant congregations, you know, stuff like that. Is there some way I/we can connect, with the seminary as a resource in this? I’m not retired yet, and October is a very busy month at the church I serve, so I can’t get away for the 150th anniversary celebration, but I’m thankful for the years I spent at LTSP, from 1969-1973. I had great profs- Dr.John (H.P Reumann), Bill Lazareth, Foster, the Swede, Martin H. (my favorite, I must admit, because he introduced me to Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer, or did Bill do that re: Dietrich?). At any rate, could you help me to pursue this. – Ed Schreiber



Pr. Wilson HoyerThe Rev. Wilson R. Hoyer, 81, BDiv 1958, of Lebanon passed away Thursday August 28, 2014 at home. Pr. Hoyer was the husband of Susan L. Bowman Hoyer and the late Barbara Hoyer.

Born in Reading on May 23, 1933, he was the son of the late George and Buelah Fox Hoyer. Rev. Hoyer was a 1955 graduate of Muhlenberg College and a 1958 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He began his ministry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Yelm, WA where he served from June 1958 to September 1960. He then went to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Auburn, PA from 1960-1963. Later in 1963 he left for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Adamstown and served that church until 1971. He then came to Lebanon, PA where he served as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lebanon until he retired in 2003 after 33 years of service. He was presented with the Presidents’ Award after 35 years of leadership with Tressler Lutheran Services, where he served as chairman. He also served on the governing board, finance committee and central agency programs.

Read the complete obituary at

The Rev. Joanne S. Kernitz,
MDiv 1982, died September 23, 2014 after a fall at home. She and husband Charles lived in Lebanon, Ohio.

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