President's Page

Rev. Mark A. Miller, President

Official Notices

Vacancies (17 total, 10 actively calling)
  • Bloomington, Trinity - is seeking a Senior Pastor as Pastor Tom Wirsing prepares to retire in January 2019.  A call list has been sent to them though a call cannot be extended until closer to his official retirement date.
  • Casey/Robinson, Trinity/Redeemer - Rev. Matthew Jukola resigned and Rev. Tom Baker is filling the vacancy.  
  • Champaign - Friendship - Rev. Glen Triplett of Dickson City PA SELC has been called and has accepted.  Installation will take place on Oct. 21st.
  • Lexington, St. Paul - Rev. David Ehlers is serving the vacancy and the call has been extended to him.  He has accepted and was installed on Sept. 2nd.
  • 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 - a call list has been assembled and sent to them on 7/20.   
  • Milan, St. Matthew - They have extended a call to Rev. Colin Dorling of Racine, MN. And he has declined.  They have asked for additional names which were sent Aug. 2.  They have extended a call to Pastor Harrison Goodman of Winside and Carroll, NE  and he is deliberating.
  • Monticello, Faith – A call list was sent to them recently.  They were to have a call meeting on August 26th.
  • Morton, Bethel - A call list was sent to them in May. 
  • 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 - Rev. Chip Winter of Norfolk, NE accepted their call to be Senior Pastor with an installation taking place on August 12th.
  • 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.
  • 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. Rodger Abatie as vacancy pastor.  
  • Shelbyville, Holy Cross - Rev. Wade Helmkamp retired in the summer of 2017.  A new call list was sent to them on June 11.  They have called Pastor Peter Weeks of Bloomington and he is deliberating.
  • Springfield, Immanuel – For the time being they will be served by Rev. James Stuenkel as vacancy pastor.
  • 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.

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
  • Rev. Donald Love has received a call to Merrill and Hamburg WI and has accepted.  His last Sunday will be the end of September.
  • Rev. Chris Bushre has received and accepted a call to Christ the Life, Waukesha, WI.  His last Sunday will October 7th.
  • Rev. Timothy Hahn has received a call to Beecher IL and has declined.
  • Rev. Stephen Gillet has received a call from St. Paul, Tomahawk, WI and he has accepted.  His last Sunday is Oct. 7.

Pastoral Changes

  • Rev. Matthew Jukola, Trinity/Our Redeemer, Casey/Robinson, has resigned his call.  His last Sunday was August 12th.  


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and is 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.
  • Randy Wolf of Altamont, former CID Disaster Response Coordinator died on Sept. 25.  Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 28 4-7 pm with services on Saturday 10 am with visitation an hour before.  Visitation and Service will take place at Immanuel, Altamont.  

President's Calendar

  • Sep 3 Labor Day CID OFFICE CLOSED
  • Sep 6 11:30 am Circuit Visitors Meeting "Stewardship Curtis" speaker
  • Sep 6 2 pm Praesidium Meeting CID Office
  • Sep 9 10 am Faith, Lincoln  50th Anniversary preaching
  • Sep 10-12 Ann Arbor MI Michigan District CV Manual Training
  • Sep 14-18 COP Meeting St. Louis
  • Sep 18 Quincy Zone/Danville Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 18 3:30 pm Finance and Management Comm CID Office
  • Sep 19 Champaign Zone/Jacksonville Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 20 Bloomington Zone/Springfield Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 25 9 am CID Board of Directors
  • Sep 25 Rock Island Zone/Altamont Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 26 Peoria-Pekin Zone/Effingham Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 27 Lincoln Zone/Decatur Zone Fall LWML Rally
  • Sep 29-30 St. John Chatham preaching 6 pm Sat 9 am Sun 10:30 Bible Class
  • Oct 1-3 St. John Quincy CID Pastors Conference preach opening service 1 pm
  • Oct 4 10:45 am Lu Hi meeting
  • Oct 5 CID/SID Teachers conference preach opening service
  • Oct 9 Lu Hi Chapel 10:15 am
  • Oct 9 2 pm CID Archives Board CID Office
  • Oct 10 7 pm Calvary-Watseka Pre-Call Mtg
  • Oct 12 9:30 am LWML Board Mtg Camp CILCA
  • Oct  12 5 pm Immanuel Olivette, MO Commissioning as Deaconess of Dr. Christina Gillet
  • Oct 17-19 COP Regional Mtg. Milwaukee WI
  • Oct 19-20 CID Pastors Wives Retreat Camp CILCA
  • Oct 21 3 pm Friendship Champaign Triplett Installation
  • Oct 23 7 pm St John/St Paul Dieterich Pre-Call Mtg.
  • Oct 27-28 6 pm/9 am St. John Chatham preaching and Bible Class 


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