Class Notes for February 2014

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Class Notes for February 2014

Each month, Class Notes will pass along updates on LTSP alumni and friends - their life changes, celebrations, triumphs and trials, and stories of ministry. Don't see something we might have missed? Want to share a story or passage? Supply updates and information on this online form (opens a new browser window).

The Rev. Carla rush at ordination 9/18/2011The Rev.Carla M. Rush (MDiv 2009)

Pr. Carla Rush has been called by the Wartburg Parish of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod to serve as pastor of St John Lutheran Church, Bremen and Peace Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois. Her last Sunday at Bethany Lutheran, Kaleva, MI is February 23 and she begins ministry in Bremen/Chester on March 3. Prayers for Bethany Kaleva, St John Bremen, Peace Chester, and Pr. Carla during this time of transition would be greatly appreciated.

The Wartburg Parish is made up of five Lutheran churches located in Southwestern Illinois.  The churches of the Parish include: Peace Lutheran Church in Chester, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace in Steeleville, St. John Lutheran Church of Bremen, St. John Lutheran Church of Post Oak and St. Peter Lutheran Church of Wine Hill.  The churches of the Wartburg Parish belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American and are members of the Central-Southern Illinois Synod of the ELCA.

Photo at right: The Rev. Carla Rush at ordination September 18, 2011. (information from Facebook)

The Rev. Richard L. Miller (MDiv 1959)

The Rev. Richard L. MillerPastor Richard L. Miller died on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Following his graduation from LTSP and ordination in 1959, Pastor Miller served as assistant pastor of St. John, Boyertown for two years. In 1961, he became pastor of Holy Cross, Bethlehem, where he served until his retirement in 1996.  

Calling hours were held on Friday, February 7, at Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem. Funeral services weree held at on Saturday, February 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2700 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, preceded by a calling hour. 

Condolences may be sent to Pastor Miller's wife, Judith, at 1510 Rudolph Drive, Bethlehem PA 18018-1821.

You can read the obituary for Pr. Miller on here. (information from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, and Photo from

The Rev. William Clark, Jr. (MDiv 1993)

Pr. William Clark, Jr.Pastor William Clark, Jr. (MDiv 1993) died suddenly on February 12, 2014. He had been installed as pastor of Church of the Abiding Presence, Bronx, NY on February 2. As a seminarian, Pr. Clark was an accomplished musician and frequently played in chapel and at events such as Advent Vespers. He is survived by his wife Tanya and his son William, and the members of his new congregation. Arrangements are incomplete.

You can learn more including funeral arrangements, and read comments from the congregation as they remember Pr. Clark as they were just beginning their new ministry together, on the Abiding Presence Facebook page.