President's Page

Rev. Mark A. Miller, President

Official Notices

Vacancies (18 total, 14 actively calling)
  • Bloomington, Trinity - is seeking a Senior Pastor as Pastor Tom Wirsing has retired as of February 28th.  They have called Rev. Billy Newell, their associate pastor and he has accepted.  Installation is tentatively scheduled for the end of April.
  • 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.  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.  The Rev. Tom Baker is assisting in the vacancy.
  • 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.
  • East Peoria, St. Peter - Rev. Kurt Mews has accepted a call and has departed.  A Pre-Call mtg was held on March 12th. 
  • 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.  He has accepted.
  • 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 has declined.  A new call list was shared with them.
  • Monticello, Faith – A call list was sent to them recently. 
  • 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 - EM Rev. Dr. Rodger Abatie is vacancy pastor.  On Jan. 20th they called Rev. Robert Hoffman of Huntley, IL who has declined.  They called Rev. Jonathan Meyer of Hartford WI and he has returned the call.
  • Shelbyville, Holy Cross - Rev. Wade Helmkamp retired in the summer of 2017.  They have received a new list of names.  A call has been extended to Rev. Nathan Woolery of Cameron MO
  • 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 (SID), 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, has accepted a call as Associate Pastor to St. John, Defiance OH and his last Sunday was February 24th.
  • Rev. Bernard Ross III, Immanuel, Altamont accepted a call to be Sole Pastor at Alma MO and his last Sunday was February 17th.
  • Rev. Joshua Frazee, Immanuel, Shobonier, has received a call to St. John, Mayfield WI and he has accepted.  He will be leaving at the end of May.
  • Rev. Karl Gibbs, Our Savior, Milford, is deliberating over a call received from Trinity, Centralia IL
  • Rev. Karl Eckhoff, Christ, Peoria, has received a call to Immanuel, Alpena, MI
  • Rev. William "Billy" Newell, Trinity, Bloomington, Associate Pastor received and accepted the call to become Senior Pastor at Trinity.

Pastoral Changes

  • Rev. Robert Hagen, Trinity, Coal Valley, Sole Pastor to Emeritus December 31, 2018.
  • Rev. Larry Bell, Peace, Thomasboro, Sole Pastor to Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ December 1, 2018.
  • Rev. Michael Heidle, Immanuel, Danville, resigned from the Ordained roster of the LCMS. 
  • Rev. Thomas Wirsing, Trinity, Bloomington, Senior Pastor to Emeritus, Mar 1.


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and was placed on Emeritus status.
  • Kim, daughter of Rev. Doug and Marilyn Meyer, has been 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.
  • Lisa, wife of Rev. James Wright, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been finishing chemo treatments and is presently considered cancer free.
  • 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.  He is recuperating at home presently.  He also recently received a diagnosis of cancer.
  • Rev. Steven Hayden, Senior Pastor at St. John, Quincy, received news that his brother, Matthew, was killed in a single engine plane crash.  He was 44 years old.  We pray to God for that comfort that only comes from the victorious light emanating from an empty tomb.

President's Calendar

  • Mar 1 7:30 pm Campus Ministry Retreat Camp CILCA Bible Study and Conversation
  • Mar 5 6:30 pm Elder Mtg. St. John Chatham
  • Mar 6 7 pm Ash Wednesday assist at St. John Chatham
  • Mar 12 3 pm Praesidium Conference Call
  • Mar 12 7 pm Pre-Call mtg St. Peter East Peoria
  • Mar 13-15 COP Regional Meeting Rondele Ranch Tomahawk WI
  • Mar 19 3 pm CID Finance and Management CID Office
  • Mar 20 7 pm Lent Midweek St. John Chatham preach
  • Mar 24 8:30 St. John Ash Grove Installation of Pastor Timothy Hahn 
  • Mar 26 9 am CID Board of Directors CID Office
  • Mar 27 7 pm Lent Midweek St. John Chatham preach
  • Mar 30 LLL District Convention St. James Quincy 
  • Mar 30 6 pm preach St. John Chatham
  • Mar 31 9 am preach and Bible Class St. John Chatham
  • Apr 3 7 pm Bethlehem Petersburg preaching Lenten Midweek Service
  • Apr 7 10 am St. John Geneseo preach 8:45 am Bible Study
  • Apr 8 1 pm Pastors Conference Committee Conference Call
  • Apr 8 7 pm Faith Lincoln Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Apr 9 2 pm CID Archives Board CID Office
  • Apr 10 7 pm St. John Chatham preach Midweek Lenten Service
  • Apr 15 6:30 pm St. Paul Lexington Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Apr 18 9:30 am Lutheran High Springfield Chapel
  • Apr 18 7 pm St. John Chatham preach Maundy Thursday
  • Apr 19 Good Friday CID Office CLOSED at noon
  • Apr 22 Easter Monday CID Office CLOSED
  • Apr 24 7 pm St. John Chatham Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Apr 26-May 2 COP Mtg. Placement Week Ft. Wayne and St. Louis


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