President's Page

Rev. Mark A. Miller, President

Official Notices

Vacancies (19 total, 14 actively calling)
  • 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.
  • Champaign, University - In anticipation of Pastor Milas' retirement, they have extended a call to Rev. Chad Smith of Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Chatham, St. John - Rev. Clarence Rogers has announced his retirement on October 1st and a Pre-Call mtg was held on April 24th .  They have turned in their self-study and a call list has been sent to them.
  • 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.  A self-study has been received and a call list has been sent to them.
  • 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.  A call list has been sent to them.
  • East Peoria, St. Peter - Rev. Kurt Mews has accepted a call and has departed.  A Pre-Call mtg was held on March 12th.   Their congregational self-study has been received and the process to assemble a call list can begin.
  • Effingham, St. John - Pastor Ted Gall stepped aside and became Associate Pastor in order for the congregation to call a new Senior.  Pastor Gall has now also announced his retirement on July 1st.  A call list was sent to them and they have extended a call to Rev. John Schultz of Plymouth WI.  He is deliberating. 
  • Geneseo - St. John - On Feb. 10th they extended a call to Rev. Timothy Nerud of MN.  He accepted and he was installed by 2nd VP Rev. Mark Eddy on June 9th.
  • Lexington, St. Paul - Rev. David Ehlers has announced his retirement and they are beginning the call process.  A Pre-Call mtg was held on April 15th.  The Self-study is on file and a call list is being assembled.
  • Lincoln, Faith - Rev. Mark Peters has announced his upcoming retirement in September and a Pre-Call mtg was held on April 8th.  Awaiting congregational self-study. 
  • 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. Caleb Kruse of Elkhorn, NE and he has declined.   A new call list is being prepared.
  • Monticello, Faith – A call list was sent to them.  They extended the call to Rev. Terry Strom of Bloomington IL and he has accepted.  He will be installed on June 30th at 3 pm.
  • 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.  They extended a call to Rev. Alex Post of the IDE and he has returned the call.  A new call list has been sent to them.
  • Shelbyville, Holy Cross - Rev. Wade Helmkamp retired in the summer of 2017.   A call was  extended to Rev. Nathan Woolery of Cameron MO and he accepted.  Installation was June 23rd at 2 pm with Rev. Rensner officiating.
  • Shobonier, Immanuel (Augsburg) - Rev. Joshua Frazee has accepted a call to Mayfield WI.  A Pre-Call mtg was held with the leadership on May 22.  Their self-study has been received and awaiting candidate nominations.
  • 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.  However, they are discussing mutual ministry with St. Paul, Strasburg.
  • 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.  A call list has been sent to them.
  • Watseka, Calvary - a Pre-Call meeting was held there on Oct. 10th.  They completed their Self-Study.  A call list has been sent to them.  At a call meeting on June 11 a call was extended to Rev. Phillip Hoppe of MN.

CID Vicars/Candidates placed:

  • Candidate Richard "Adam" Bridgman [CSL] of Trinity, Springfield, to Associate, Faith, Appleton, WI.  He will be ordained at his home congregation on June 16th at a 3 pm service.
  • Candidate Julian LaMie [CSL], of St. Paul, Woodworth to St. John, Beecher, IL.
  • Candidate Luke Scheele [CSL], St. John, Champaign, to Trinity, Cortez, CO
  • Candidate William G. "Jerry" Smith Jr. [CTSFW] Redeemer, Peoria to Trinity, Appleton City, MO
  • Vicar Norlen Bartens [CTSFW], Good Shepherd, Newton, to Grace/Trinity, Neligh/Elgin NE  
CID Vicarage Assignments 2019-2020
  • A vicar has been assigned for assisting the work being done in Beardstown among the Hispanic/Latino community through St. John.  This summer Tyler McMiller [CTSFW] will begin his service for the 2019-2020 school year.  St. John, East Moline was assigned David Ahn [CSL] and will begin his duties this summer 2019, working with the Rev. Kent Umbarger.  At Holy Cross, Moline , working under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten, Paul Marks [CTSFW] began his vicarage the summer of 2019 as Holy Cross' 50th vicar.  Our Savior, Washington has received a vicar, Timothy Evans, [CSL] who will begin his service this summer 2019.  We will bid God's peace to Gino Marchetti IIIChris Biar, Alexander Blanken, as they return this summer to complete their final academic year at the seminary.  

Calls Pending

Pastoral Changes


  • 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. Donald Pritchard, Zion, Pleasant Plains, had knee surgery on May 14th and will spend several months recuperating.
  • Rev. Keith Pereira, Christ, Waverly, has been recuperating from a stroke and hopes to return to the pulpit soon. 
  • Rev. Dr. Herb Mueller, Synod First Vice-President - Dr. Mueller was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and underwent surgery on May 8 to remove most of the tumor. The tumor will then be analyzed to determine the treatment plan going forward. UPDATE: surgery was successful, with 95% of the tumor removed (better than originally hoped). Please continue to be in prayer for Herb, his wife Faith and family as the nature of the tumor is analyzed and a treatment plan is developed.  Latest reports are that all is going well under the circumstances for Dr. Mueller.  He will begin treatment on June 20th.
  • Rev. Marcus and Amy Manley Bethlehem/Zion, Altamont , their son, Nicholas Gabriel, was suddenly called to heaven and Jesus on May 26th, at the age of 5 months, and Marcus' mother died June 3.  The comfort of the Lord and His resurrection promise be with them!
  • Rev. Thomas Phillips' mother died in Michigan.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!"

President's Calendar

  • May 4 9:30 am Christ Mason City LWML meeting cancelled...
  • May 6-8 1 pm CID Spring Pastors Conference St. Paul Decatur
  • May 7 7 pm CID Praesidium Meeting
  • May 13 1:30 pm LaMie Pre-Seminary Interview CID Office
  • May 16 6:30 pm Salem Jacksonville mtg.
  • May 17 12 pm CID Endowment Board CID Office
  • May 18 6 pm St. John Chatham preach
  • May 19 9 am St. John Chatham preach and Bible Class
  • May 20 Trinity Coal Valley Beautiful Savior Colona mtg.
  • May 21 3 pm Finance and Management mtg District Office
  • May 22 7 pm Immanuel, Shobonier Pre-Call mtg 
  • May 27 Memorial Day (Observed) Office Closed
  • May 28 9 am CID Board of Directors
  • May 31 1:30 pm Synod Convention Floor Committee work begins
  • Jun 1-2 Synod Floor Committee St. Louis
  • Jun 3 12 noon Retirement Lunch for Marsha Shown
  • Jun 9 8:30 am Minier 10:30 Danvers preach 25th Ordination Anniversary Zimmerman
  • Jun 13 6:30 pm Immanuel Danville Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Jun 15 9 am LCMS Convention Delegate Mtg. CID Office
  • June 15 6 pm preach St. John Chatham
  • June 16 9 am preach and Bible Class St. John Chatham
  • June 20 12 noon CEF Trustees CID Office
  • June 23 2 pm preach St. John Geneseo 150th Anniversary service
  • June 30 10 am preach St Paul Brimfield
  • June 30 3 pm Faith Monticello T. Strom installation
  • July 4 Independence Day CID Office CLOSED
  • July 5 President takes a Vacation Day
  • July 7 10 am preach St. Paul Brimfield
  • July 12 10:30 am CID Scholarship Committee mtg
  • July 14 9 am preach Our Savior Milford and Bible Class
  • July 16  9 am LWML CID Board mtg Camp CILCA
  • July 17 - 26 LCMS Convention Tampa FL
  • July 28 Rick Milas retires ULC Champaign 


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