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Official Notices


  • The CID Board of Directors passed the following resolution (Nov 2020):

    "Moved - to urge the congregations of the Central Illinois District to vote on the request by the Synod President to delay the Synod convention by one year, permitting district conventions an additional year to meet. The Board recommends approval. The Board of Directors will move the District Convention to the summer of 2022, pending the outcome of the Synodical vote.  Carried without dissent."

  • ANNOUNCEMENT FROM Dr. John Sias, Secretary LCMS: "More than the required one-fourth (63.32%) of the Synod’s member congregations registered a vote, and the majority (90.67%) of votes cast favored adoption. The stated extension of the 2019–2022 triennium by a year, allowing district conventions to take place in either 2021 or 2022 and deferring the national Synod convention from 2022 to 2023, is therefore adopted.   The member congregations of the Synod and all who facilitated their voting are to be thanked for their urgent and diligent attention to this question, on account of which it was able to be decided not only by a majority of the votes cast but by a majority of the member congregations. We pray that the additional year it allows will bear rich fruit in the churchly deliberative assemblies of the districts and the Synod.
  • CID Referendum Results: Yes 99/93.4% to No 7/6.6%, 106 of 151 congregations participating/70.2%.
  • In line with the CID Board of Directors decision in November we can expect that our convention will be held in July of 2022.


Vacancies (25 total, 18 actively calling)

  • Beardstown, St. John -The Rev. Michael Nemec of Hillsboro TX was called and he has declined.  More names are being gathered.  They have submitted a request for a candidate from the seminaries.
  • Casey/Robinson, Trinity/Redeemer - Their congregation self-study has been completed and received in the district office.  The Rev. Steven Becker is assisting in the vacancy.  They extended calls to Rev. Toby Heller of Beulah ND and Rev. Mark Raddatz of Ohio and they declined.  They have extended a call to Rev. Benjamin Siebert of Lincoln KS and he declined.
  • Danville, Immanuel - The Rev. Philip Callahan is serving the vacancy.  They have received additional names.  They extended a call to Pastor Martin Mably of Elk River, MN and he considered and declined.  They have now placed a call to Rev. James Yonkers of Des Moines IA and he is deliberating.
  • Decatur, St. Paul - Is proceeding with seeking a Senior Pastor following Rev. Eric Trickey's being called to glory.  They called the Rev. Ryan Brons of LaVista NE and he declined.
  • Havana, St. Paul - Pastor Wendorf left at the end of December 2019.  Pastor Bruce Lakamp of East Peoria has step aside from vacancy responsibilities and arrangements are being made with Pastor Mark Drews and other pastors from the Lincoln Circuit are assisting.  They extended a call to Rev. Jason Rensner of Shumway, IL and he declined.  They received additional names.  They extended a call to Rev. Jonathan Boehne of El Paso IL and he declined.  They have requested and received additional names.
  • Lexington, St. Paul -  They have submitted additional names and received a new call list.  They have called the Rev. Christopher Lieske of Monticello, MN and he has declined.  They called Rev. Jacob Mueller of Emma MO and he declined.  They have sent in a call document requesting a seminary graduate.
  • Lincoln, Faith - Rev. Mark Peters retired in September and has moved to NID.   Rev. Clarence Rogers is serving the vacancy.   They called the Rev. Christopher Lieske of Monticello MN and he has declined.  They have received additional names.
  • Loda, Immanuel - has been vacant since their pastor, Rev. David Allen, was called to glory.  They are currently being served by Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Macomb, Immanuel and Student Center - The Rev. Tom Baker of MO is serving during the vacancy.  The office has received their self-study, nominations, and a call list was sent to them.  The Rev. Andrew Guagenti of Shelbyville KY has been called and he has declined.   Several additional names have been sent to them.
  • Mattoon, St. John - The Rev. Adam Jacobsen accepted a call to a dual parish in MNS.  A Pre-Call Mtg. was held on June 29th.  They called Rev. Andrew Herzberg of Farmington MN and he is deliberating. 
  • New Holland, Zion - Pastor Michael Damery is serving the vacancy following Pastor Olander's retirement at the end of September.  A Pre-Call Meeting was held October 5.
  • Newton, Good Shepherd - Rev. Michael Seidenstricker has retired as of the end of 2016.  A Pre-call meeting was held on April 3, 2018.  The congregational self-study has been received.  They are being served by Rev. Earl Brown of Effingham.
  • Peoria, Redeemer - They have submitted their self-study and nominations for the position of Associate Pastor.  A call list was sent to them.  They are investigating a call for a seminary graduate.
  • Quincy, St. James - Pastor Fieberkorn accepted a call to St. Charles MO.  They have called Rev. Matthew Schilling of Evansville, IN and he has declined.
  • Rushville, St. John/Mt. Sterling, First - are vacant with the retirement of Rev. Joseph Eckman who has moved to Florida.  Rev. Tom Baker is helping out with pulpit supply.
  • Salem, Salem - A Pre-Call meeting was held on Nov. 5 as they prepare to call a Senior Pastor with Pastor Doug Meyer retiring this summer.  They extended a call to Rev. Jason Hoerth of Cincinnati OH and he declined.  Additional names have been sent to them to consider.
  • Sherman, Good Shepherd - Pastor Schuermann accepted a call to Champaign and his services were completed at the end of December 2019.  They extended a call to Rev. Scott Adel of Collinsville, IL and he has declined.  They called Rev. Heath Curtis and he has declined.  Their call list has been updated.
  • Shumway, Faith - Pastor Rensner has accepted a call to South Dakota.  Pastor Jerry Bagwell, EM, of Effingham will cover the vacancy.  A pre-call meeting was held on April 12 at 6 pm.
  • Springfield, Our Savior - The Rev. Aaron Hauser accepted a call to SWD and departed at the end of 2020.  They are investigating a call for a seminary graduate as Associate Pastor.
  • Springfield, Trinity - with the resignation of the Rev. Jonathan Holmes they are looking for an Associate Pastor and have submitted names of possible candidates and have received information on them.
  • Strasburg, Grace/St. Paul – They extended a call to Rev. Kyle Wright of Collinsville IL and he declined.  A call has been extended to Rev. Christopher Lieske of Monticello, MN and he has declined.
  • Sullivan, Faith -   They have submitted a call document for a seminary graduate.
  • Taylorville, Trinity - The Rev. Rodney Blomquist has retired as of Dec 31, 2020.  A Call meeting was held on Nov. 10th.  The office has received their self-study and work is progressing on a call list.
  • Thawville, St. Peter - They are presently receiving pulpit supply through Rev. Earl Kinnee.

CID 2020 Vicars/Candidates Placed

  • Candidate Tyler Arends [CTSFW], Friendship, Champaign, to Trinity, Guymon, OK
  • Candidate Norlen Bartens [CTSFW], Good Shepherd, Newton, to Grace/Trinity, Neligh/Elgin NE  
  • Candidate Scott Brown [CSL], of Bethel, Morton to Ebenezer/St. James, Alexandria/Parkers Prairie, MN.
  • Vicar Emmett Bartens [CTSFW], Good Shepherd, Newton, to Our Redeemer, Cedar Falls, IA.
  • Vicar William Fredstrom [CSL], Christ, Normal, to Immanuel, Seymour, IN.
  • Vicar Ian Heinze, [CSL], St. James, Quincy, to Our Savior, Lansing, MI.
  • Vicar Christopher Walters [CTSFW], Trinity, Peoria, to Lutheran Life Villages, Ft. Wayne, IN.  

CID Vicarage Assignments 2019-2020

  • St. John's Beardstown hopes to call a bilingual pastor as Pastor Evenson prepares to retire this summer.  St. John, East Moline was assigned Michael Wilke[CSL] and will begin his duties this summer 2020, working with the Rev. Kent Umbarger.  At Holy Cross, Moline , working under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten, Nathaniel Kunkel (Hannah)[CTSFW] will begin his vicarage the summer of 2020 as Holy Cross' 51st vicar.  Our Savior, Washington has received a vicar, Alexander Goodwin (Esther), [CSL] who will begin his service this summer 2020.  We will bid God's peace to Tyler McMiller and Paul Marksas they return this summer to complete their final academic year at the seminary.  

Calls Pending

  • Rev. Jonathan Boehne, Pastor, Trinity, El Paso has received and now declined a call to Immanuel, Murphysboro, IL.
  • Rev. Jason Rensner, Pastor Faith Shumway received and accepted a call to Faith, Sioux Falls, SD.  His last Sunday in Shumway will be April 25th.

Pastoral Changes

Transfers out

  • Rev. Mark Peters, EM to NID
  • Rev. Lester Dumer, EM to NEB.
  • Rev. Jason Rensner, to Pastor, Faith, Sioux Falls, SD


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and was placed on Emeritus status.
  • Kim, daughter of Rev. Doug and Marilyn Meyer, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer with a tumor in her brain.  She has progressed nicely and though continuing with her treatments seems to be improving.  She underwent brain surgery on July 9, 2020 which went well.  She continues to receive treatment.
  • Rev. Dr. Rodger P. Abatie, EM, Pekin, was called to his Savior's side on Monday, March 15, 2021.  He had several health complications and suffered a stroke a while back.  We pray for his wife, Robin, and son, Justin, and family as they receive the reassurance that death and grave are not the end but a new beginning for those who fall asleep in faith in the risen Jesus.  Services were held at Christ, Peoria at 11 am on Friday, Mar 19. 
  • The Rev. Dr. Harold Woodworth Jr., EM, Springfield, was called home to be with his Lord, on Friday, April 16, 2021.  He had been in declining health for some time.  He served at Salem Lutheran Church and was founding Pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, both in Jacksonville.  In retirement was pastor at Christ, Mason City, also assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Auburn.  We pray for his wife, Bea, and children Mark (Teresa), David, Karen (Bill) Reid, Kathryn (Bill) Edley and grandchildren.  May comfort be drawn from Jesus' empty tomb and the resurrection light and hope that is ours.  Visitation will be at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield April 19 from 4 - 6 pm with a brief service conducted at 6 pm by Rev. Richard Harre.
  • The Rev. Bruce Lakamp, EM, East Peoria, was called to glory the morning of April 19th having been hospitalized with pancreatitis.  Arrangements are pending.  We pray for resurrection comfort for his wife, Deb, and for his children and grandchildren.
  • We received word that the Rev. Marvin Lorenz, EM, IDE Luzerne IA was called to be with his Lord, April 12, 2021.  Formerly, he was pastor at St. Luke/Christ, San Jose/Delavan IL.  Services were conducted on April 17th with burial in Luzerne.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!"

President's Calendar 

  • Mar 9 1 pm COP Program Committee ZOOM mtg.
  • Mar 10 - 12 COP Great Lakes regional mtg.  Thompsonville, MI (3 days)
  • Mar 16 11 am CID Praesidium conference call
  • Mar 16 3:30 pm CID Finance and Management CID Office
  • Mar 21 5 pm Camp CILCA Annual Banquet
  • Mar 23 9 am CID Board of Directors CID Office
  • Mar 24 7 pm St. John Chatham Lent 6 preach
  • Mar 30 9:30am Brusick Pre-Sem interview CID Office
  • Apr 1 10:25am Maundy Thursday Chapel Lutheran High Springfield
  • Apr 1 7 pm Maundy Thursday St. John Chatham preach
  • Apr 2 Good Friday CID Office CLOSED
  • Apr 4 Easter
  • Apr 5 Easter Monday CID Office CLOSED
  • Apr 6 9:35 am Concordia Seminary Chapel Morning Prayer preach
  • Apr 12 6 pm Faith Shumway Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Apr 13 2 pm CID Archives Board CID Office
  • Apr 18 8:45 am Bible Class Trinity Roanoke 150th Anniversary service 10 am preach
  • Apr 24 9:30 am - 4 pm COP ZOOM Mtg.
  • Apr 26 9:30 am - 4 pm COP ZOOM Mtg.
  • Apr 26 7 pm Ft. Wayne Vicarage placement (Chapel)
  • Apr 27 7 pm Ft. Wayne Call Service (Chapel)
  • Apr 28 3 pm St. Louis Vicarage placement 7 pm Call Service
  • Apr 29 9 am Reinstatement Interview Airport Hilton St. Louis
  • Apr 29 7:30 pm ZOOM mtg. with Candidates and Vicars assigned to CID 
  • Apr 30 3 pm COP Reinstatement ZOOM mtg.
NOTE: While COVID restrictions continue many face-to-face events may be cancelled or their format altered.   Someone will be available in the CID office to answer your questions and concerns.