Muhlenberg Congregation Advisory Committee

The Muhlenberg Congregation Advisory Committee will serve in an advisory capacity for the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg 300th being marked by LTSP and Muhlenberg College during academic year 2011-2012. The committee members will reflect the geographic and denominational diversity of those congregations who are part of the Muhlenberg legacy. Primary responsibilities of the committee will be to provide feedback on planning taking place at both institutions, expertise on how to communicate with and involve the Muhlenberg congregations, leadership in identifying and nurturing resources to support the year's initiatives, and enthusiasm for exploring Muhlenberg's legacy. The committee will expand the capacity and numbers of people involved in planning and executing projects. They will also provide a valuable resource - serving as points of contact for the larger community - by disseminating and collecting information.

Interested in participating? Contact chair Pr. Herb Michel or see the liaison for your area.

committee leadership:

The Rev. Herb Michel, Chair

The Rev. Herb MichelPastor Michel is an ordained Lutheran pastor who served over 25 years at Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, PA and is, therefore, intimately involved with, connected to, and invested in the legacy of Muhlenberg. His church hosted over 1,000 visits a year to the church and gravesite of Muhlenberg. Currently he is serving as Interim Pastor of the Lutheran Congregation of Ziegels Union Church in Breinigsville (a Muhlenberg church). He is on the boards of both the Eastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Historical Society and the Collegeville-Trappe Historical Society. In 1995 he received an honorary DD from Muhlenberg College for his work with the Muhlenberg tradition at Augustus.


TChaplain Peter Bredlauhe Rev. Peter Bredlau
Chaplain, Muhlenberg College

Peter Bredlau is the College Chaplain and Church Relations Director at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Peter has held those positions since 2000. He is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M.Div.) and Lawrence University (BA).


TheThe Rev. James C. Kniseley, DMin Rev. James C. Kniseley, DMin

Pr. James Kniseley has been a Lutheran pastor since 1975.  Presently he is serving as co-pastor at Resurrection in Fredericksburg, Virginia, along with his wife, Pastor Carol Kniseley.  Jim was a history major at UCLA and loves all things historical.  In 2005 he spent a sabbatical reading the journals of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and visiting many of the churches associated with Henry.  Augustus Trappe and New Hanover Lutheran Churches  in Pennsylvania and Hebron Lutheran Church  in Madison, Virginia, were highlights of his visits.  Jim also serves as the stewardship specialist for the Virginia Synod and often weaves interesting tidbits gleaned from Henry's journals into his sermons and workshops on stewardship practices.


R.R. Leland (Lee) Wesner, Jr. Leland (Lee) Wesner, Jr.

Lee Wesner is the chairman of the Historical Research and Archives Committee of the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.  Lee taught music and directed choruses for thirty-two years in the public schools of Pennsylvania, (Pocono Mountain and Pottstown).  Now retired, he is more than busy with Boy Scouts, woodworking, photography, and, of course, keeping track of the three hundred year history of the New Hanover Lutheran Church - Henry Muhlenberg's first pulpit in Pennsylvania. Lee also continues his musical activities as a member of the Red Hill Band, the Third Brigade Band of Pottsville, and The Coventry Singers.  Lee and his wife Sandy are the parents of two grown sons.


The Rev. Martha Kriebel

The Rev. Martha KriebelPr. Martha Bean Kriebel is pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, UCC, Collegville, PA. The congregation dates back to 1854 and Abraham Hunsicker, who also founded Freeland Seminary for Boys and Pennsylvania Female College - all in response to Muhlenberg's influence
Pr. Kriebel holds the distinction of being the first woman to be graduated from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with a Masters of Sacred Theology (STM), was First Assistant to the Conference Minister, PA SE Conference, UCC, and presently serves on denominational committees and continues to write books on the pastoral ministry, liturgical worship, and church history.


The Rev. Ellen Anderson
The Rev. Ellen AndersonDirector of Alumni and Church Relations, LTSP

Ellen Anderson, Director of Alumni and Church Relations for the LTSP Foundation, is responsible for the annual Leadership Fund, Alumni/ae relations, and special events. As a 1995 graduate of LTSP, she served two congregations in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod and loved the challenges of parish ministry. But the opportunity for a new kind of ministry called, and now she is able to help the seminary establish relationships with alums and friends to help the seminary grow in its mission of proclamation and service.


Congregation Advisory Committee Liaisons

If you or your congregation would like to get involved, have questions, or want more information, please contact the committee member liaison to your synod.

Canadian Representative -- The Rev. Vivian Roberts,       

Delaware/Maryland and Virginia Synods
-- The Rev. James C. Kniseley,    

Ecumenical Representative -- The Rev. Martha Kriebel,    

Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod -- The Rev. Carl D. Shankweiler,; R. Leland Wesner, Jr.,

Southeastern, North Carolina and South Carolina Synods -- The Rev. John A. Barichivich,    

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod -- Richard Buckmaster,;  Dr. Jean Godsall-Myers,    

Upper and Lower Susquehanna Synods – TBA; Interim Contact Person: The Rev. Herbert H. Michel,

Upstate New York and Metro New York Synods -- The Rev. Vernon A. Victorson,     

Don’t see your synod listed?  Contact Chairperson Herbert H. Michel at