President's Page

Rev. Mark A. Miller, President

Official Notices

Vacancies (16 total, 10 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Awaiting their 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.
  • Mattoon, (Dorans), St. Paul - Rev. William Grills of Denison, IA has accepted and was installed on December 9th at 3 pm.
  • Milan, St. Matthew - They extended a call to Rev. Herbert Mueller III on Oct. 21 and he has declined. 
  • 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.
  • Morton, Bethel - A call list was sent to them in May.  The extended a call to Rev. Greg Moyer of Baton Rouge, LA and he has accepted.  He was installed on Dec 2 at 4 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.  A meeting was held on Oct. 25, 2017 to look at options for future ministry.  Area Pastors are 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 is being assembled
  • Shelbyville, Holy Cross - Rev. Wade Helmkamp retired in the summer of 2017.  They have extended a call to Rev. Jonathan Schulz of Plymouth WI.
  • Springfield, Immanuel – Rev. James Stuenkel has accepted a call extended to him by Immanuel and an installation is being planned for the 9 am morning service on January 6th.
  • 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
  • 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] will begin his service for the 2018-2019 school year.  St. John, East Moline was assigned Chris Biar [CSL] and he will begin his duties this summer, working with the Rev. Kent Umbarger.  At Holy Cross, Moline , working under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten, Alexander Blanken [CTSFW] will begin his vicarage this summer as Holy Cross' 49th vicar.

Calls Pending

Pastoral Changes


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and was placed on Emeritus status.
  • Rev. Lawrence Saeger, Emeritus, member of St. James, Quincy, has stage four Lung cancer.
  • 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 recently started treatment with surgery taking place at a later date.
  • Rev. Matt Berndt of Trinity, Manito underwent an angiogram on Friday, Nov. 2nd and had two stints inserted in his heart.  He was expected to be dismissed from the hospital on that same day. 
  • Rev. Ted Gall, St. John Effingham, was hospitalized in Springfield on Nov 2nd for a heart attack, catheterization, and stints.
  • Rev. Pablo Dominguez of Cristo Rey, E. Moline, received news that his father, the Rev. Arnulfo Dominguez, former President of the Lutheran Church of Mexico Synod was called to glory in Texas. 

President's Calendar

  • Nov 2  My 63rd birthday
  • Nov 5 7 pm Peace Thomasboro Pre-call mtg in prep for Pastor Bell's retirement
  • Nov 7 10:30 am COP Conference Call - Nominations Committee
  • Nov 7 7 pm Trinity Casey/Redeemer Robinson Pre-call mtg
  • Nov 8 7 pm St. John Buckley
  • Nov 10-18 COP/CEF Leadership Conference San Diego CA
  • Nov 12 Veterans Day observed CID Office CLOSED
  • Nov 20 10 am CID Finance and Management Budget Mtg/CID Praesidium
  • Nov 22-23 Thanksgiving CID Office CLOSED
  • Nov 27  9 am CID Board of Directors
  • Nov 28 6:30 pm Trinity Coal Valley Pre-call mtg
  • President's Vacation Dec 3 - Jan 3
  • Dec 2 4 pm Bethel Morton Moyer Installation
  • Dec 5 7 pm St. John Chatham Advent 1 preach
  • Dec 9 10 am St. Paul Dorans Morning Service preach
  • Dec 9 3 pm St. Paul Dorans Grills installation
  • Dec 13 9 am Bethel Morton DCE Christmas gathering
  • Dec 13 12 pm CID CEF lunch at Papa Frank's
  • Dec 14 6 pm District Staff Dinner at Millers'
  • Dec 18 11 am St. John Quincy Kaleidoscope Grant Presentation
  • Dec 19 7 pm St. John Chatham Advent 3 preach
  • Dec 24-25 CID OFFICE CLOSED Christmas
  • Dec 29 6 pm St. John Chatham preach
  • Dec 30 9 am St. John Chatham preach and Bible Class
  • Jan 1 New Year's Day CID Office Closed


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