President's Page

Rev. Mark A. Miller, President

Official Notices

Vacancies (16 total, 11 actively calling)
  • Bloomington, Trinity - is seeking a Senior Pastor as Pastor Tom Wirsing prepares to retire in January/February 2019.  A call list has been sent to them.  A call meeting is planned for Jan. 27th.  They have called Rev. David McBurney of St. Louis.
  • Bowen/Warsaw, St. Paul/Concordia - have formed a dual parish and will jointly be seeking a new pastor.  A Pre-call meeting was held on Jan. 10, 2019.
  • Casey/Robinson, Trinity/Redeemer - Rev. Matthew Jukola resigned and Rev. Tom Baker is filling the vacancy.  A Pre-call Meeting was held at Trinity on Nov. 7 at 7 pm.  Their congregation self-study has been completed and received in the district office.
  • Coal Valley, Trinity - Pastor Hagen has retired as of Dec 31st.  A Pre-Call meeting was held on Nov. 28, 2018.
  • Dieterich/Wheeler - St. Paul/St. John - Rev. Stephen Gillet took a call to Tomahawk WI and a Pre-call meeting was held at St. Paul on Oct. 23. 
  • Geneseo - St. John - Rev. Chris Bushre accepted a call in Wisconsin and a Pre-Call Meeting was held there on Sept. 25th.  A call list was sent them in December and on Feb. 10th they extended a call to Rev. Timothy Nerud of MN.
  • Loda, Immanuel - has been vacant since their pastor, Rev. David Allen, was called to glory.  They are currently being served by Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Milan, St. Matthew - They extended a call to Rev. Michael Meyer of St. Louis in December and he is deliberating. 
  • Monticello, Faith – A call list was sent to them recently.  They called Brian Lee of the Northern Illinois District and he has declined.  They have requested more names and have received a new list.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • San Jose/Delavan, St. Luke/Christ - Rev. Justin Schmidt accepted a call to PA and August 12th was his last Sunday.  A Pre-call meeting was held 7/26.  They are being served by EM Rev. Dr. Rodger Abatie as vacancy pastor.  They have completed their self-study and a call list has been sent to them.  On Jan. 20th they called Rev. Robert Hoffman of Huntley, IL who has declined.
  • Shelbyville, Holy Cross - Rev. Wade Helmkamp retired in the summer of 2017.  They have requested a new list of names.
  • Strasburg, Grace – Is vacant with Pastor Mohr accepting the call to Holy Cross, Vandalia.  The congregational self-study has been received and a call list can now be assembled.
  • Thawville, St. Peter - They are presently receiving pulpit supply through Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Thomasboro, Peace - Rev. Larry Bell has accepted a call to Shepherd of the Pines [English District] in Payson, AZ.  A Pre-Call meeting was held there on Nov. 5th.
  • Watseka, Calvary - a Pre-Call meeting was held there on Oct. 10th.  They are in process of completing their Self-Study. 

CID Vicars/Candidates placed:

  • Candidate Jeremiah Jording [CSSL] of St. James, Quincy, to Associate, Immanuel, Spirit Lake, IA.  He was ordained at his home congregation.
  • Candidate David Shudy [CSSL], of Trinity, Urbana to Grace/St. John, Alma Center/Black River Falls, WI.  He was ordained at his home congregation.
  • Candidate William Grueninger [CSSL], MO to Associate, St. Paul, Decatur, IL
  • Candidate Jonathan Torreson [CSSL], MI, to Associate, St. John, Decatur, IL 
  • Candidate Timothy Wilcoxen [CTSFW], Trinity, Roanoke, to Zion (CID), Carlinville, IL
  • Vicar Tyler Arends [CTSFW], Friendship, Champaign, to Ascension, Huntsville, AL
  • Deaconess intern Rachel Keehner Meyers, Mt. Calvary, Peoria to Mt. Calvary, Lititz, PA  
CID Vicarages
  • A vicar has been assigned for assisting the work being done in Beardstown among the Hispanic/Latino community through St. John.  This summer Gino Marchetti III [CTSFW] began his service for the 2018-2019 school year.  St. John, East Moline was assigned Chris Biar [CSL] and began his duties this summer 2018, working with the Rev. Kent Umbarger.  At Holy Cross, Moline , working under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten, Alexander Blanken [CTSFW] began his vicarage the summer of 2018 as Holy Cross' 49th vicar.

Calls Pending

  • Rev. Kurt Mews, St. Peter - East Peoria, is deliberating a call to St. John, Defiance OH and he has accepted.
  • Rev. Bernard Ross III, Immanuel, Altamont is deliberating a call to Alma, MO and he has accepted.  His last Sunday at Immanuel will be February 17th.

Pastoral Changes

  • Rev. Robert Hagen, Trinity - Coal Valley, Pastor to Emeritus Dec 31, 2018
  • Rev. Larry Bell, Peace-Thomasboro to Shepherd of the Pines, Payson AZ


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and was placed on Emeritus status.
  • Rev. Lawrence Saeger, Emeritus, member of St. James, Quincy, was called to glory on the evening of January 22, 2019.  Funeral at St. James in Quincy Jan. 26th was at 11 am with visitation prior.  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!
  • Kim, daughter of Rev. Doug and Marilyn Meyer, has just been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer with a tumor in her brain.
  • Lisa, wife of Rev. James Wright, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has recently and successfully completed chemo treatment with surgery taking place at a later date.
  • Rev. Donald Stuckwisch, Emeritus of Our Savior, Milford, has had some medical issues of late that required hospitalization and he recently fell and fractured his right shoulder.

President's Calendar

  • Jan 1 New Year's Day CID Office Closed
  • Jan 3 3 pm Praesidium conference call
  • Jan 6 9 am Immanuel, Springfield Stuenkel installation.
  • Jan 7 President back from vacation
  • Jan 7 1 pm Pastors Conference Comm conference call
  • Jan 8 9:30 am Bloomington North and South Circuit Meeting
  • Jan 8 2 pm CID Archives meeting CID office
  • Jan 10 5 pm St. Paul Bowen Pre-Call meeting
  • Jan 12 1 pm Camp CILCA annual meeting CID office
  • Jan 12 3 pm CID/CID LLL meeting 
  • Jan 13 9 am St. Peter, St. Peter 150th Anniversary preaching cancelled
  • Jan 14 9 am CID Fiscal subcommittee meeting
  • Jan 14-18 Concordia Theological Seminary Ft. Wayne Symposia
  • Jan 20 9 am Trinity, Decatur preaching and Bible Class
  • Jan 22 9 am CID Board of Directors
  • Jan 27 9 am St. Peter, St. Peter 150th Anniversary preaching rescheduled
  • Jan 27 5 pm Our Savior Springfield Camp CILCA banquet
  • Feb 1-9 COP Retreat/Meeting Asheville NC Ridgecrest Conference Center
  • Feb. 10 10 am St. John Geneseo Preach
  • Feb 10 10:45 am St. John Geneseo Call Mtg.
  • Feb 11 9 am Eye Exam
  • Feb 14 9:30 am Circuit Visitors Meeting CID office
  • Feb 14 7 pm Mtg. Cissna Park Idaville and Ash Grove
  • Feb 14 1 pm CID Mission Commission Meeting CID office
  • Feb 19 1:30 pm Pre-Seminary Interview Hayden Brown CID office
  • Feb 25 1 pm Pastors Conference Comm conference call


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