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Official Notices

Vacancies (23 total, 15 actively calling or on temporary hold)

  • Ash Grove, St. John/Cissna Park, Trinity - Rev. Timothy Hahn accepted a call to Immanuel, Haxtun, CO and his last Sunday was September 12, 2021.  They extended a call to Rev. Dale Fjordbotten of Somerset, NJ and he has accepted. He was installed on May 7.
  • Bloomington, Our Redeemer - Rev. Peter Weeks has accepted a call to Carbondale.  They have extended a call to Rev. David Schultz of Wood River, IL. He is deliberating.
  • Bluffs, Trinity/Winchester, Christ - The Rev. Richard Harre is serving this dual parish in their vacancy.
  • Casey, Trinity/Robinson, Redeemer - The Rev. Steven Becker is assisting in the vacancy.  They have called Rev. Adrian Piazza, a candidate from Indiana, and he has accepted. He was installed on April 16.
  • Chenoa, St. Paul - Pastor Jeremy Latzke accepted a call to St. John, Algonquin IL (NID).  Pulpit supply is being rendered by Rev. Kyle Ronchetto of Lexington.  They are requesting a new list of names from the district.
  • Effingham, St. John's  - Calling an associate pastor. They have completed their self-study and just submitted their nominations. They have received their call list from the district and are evaluating the candidates.
  • Golden, Holy Cross - Pastor Michael Grieve has accepted a call to Zion Lutheran Church in Gwinner, ND. His service at Holy Cross will conclude after the Easter Season. A pre-call meeting has been conducted and the congregation is completing its self-study and gathering nominations to submit to the district.
  • Hoopeston, Good Shepherd/Idaville, Immanuel - The Rev. David Putz of IN has been serving this dual parish in their vacancy, but has just accepted a call. Plans are being made for after his departure.
  • Jacksonville, Salem  - Pastor William Orr took a call to Hope, St. Ann, MO and departed at the end of May.  Pastor Peter Brechbuhl is serving the vacancy.  They have received their initial call list and have issued a call to Rev. Nathan Janssen of Martinsville, IN and he declined. They issued a call to Rev. Adam Steinbrenner of Dublin, OH, and he has declined.
  • Loda, Immanuel - has been vacant since their pastor, Rev. David Allen, was called to glory.  They are currently being served by Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Louisville, St. John - The Rev. Stephan Rutherford has accepted a call to Lincoln, MO. The congregation is preparing for pastor's departure on February 12. A pre-call meeting has been conducted. They just recently completed their self-study and submitted their nominations. They are awaiting completion of their call list by the district office. They are being served by Rev. Steven Becker.
  • Macomb, Immanuel and Student Center - The Rev. Tom Baker of MO is serving during the vacancy.  They have received a new list of names and are planning a call meeting for May 21.
  • Manito, St. Paul - Pastor Batchelor retired as of November 7. They are being served by Rev. Mark Drews in their vacancy. They have completed their congregational self-study, submitted their nominations, and received their call list. As they prepare to issue a call, they have opened a dialogue with a neighboring congregation regarding the formation of a dual parish.
  • Mason City, Christ/New Holland, Zion - Rev. John Johnson has retired as of Jan 31.  The vacancy is being covered by Rev. Wray Offerman of Decatur.  Having attempted calling from the field, the parish submitted a request for a seminary candidate, but they did not receive one.
  • Monticello, Faith - The Rev. Terry Strom has announced his retirement effective July 16. The congregation rather quickly submitted a request for a seminary candidate, but did not receive one. The parish will start the process over again from the beginning with a pre-call meeting to be scheduled in the near future.
  • New Berlin, St. John - Pastor Benning has accepted the call to Trinity, Nashville, IL.  The vacancy has been set up with Rev. Martin Kaufmann serving together with various pastors providing pulpit supply.  They have received a list of additional names and had called Rev. Michael Suelzle of Niagara, ND. He declined. The congregation has requested a seminary candidate and was assigned Candidate Jacob Moore. His ordination and installation are planned for June 11 at New Berlin.
  • Newton, Good Shepherd - Rev. Michael Seidenstricker retired at 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.
  • Pana, St. Paul - Pastor O'Brien retired at the end of September. President Mohr has conducted the Pre-Call Meeting, and their self-study has been received. They have received a list of names and having reviewed the list requested another list without issuing a call. They have received their second list and are evaluating the candidates.
  • Peru, Redeemer - Rev. Michael John Neugebauer (NID) is providing pastoral coverage for this small congregation. They have scheduled their final service for May 21 and will be disbanding as a congregation.
  • Pittsfield, St. Paul -They had been served in vacancy by Prof. Abjar Bahkou of Concordia St. Louis, but his additional duties at the Seminary are causing the congregation to look for a different vacancy pastor.
  • Quincy, St. James - Pastor Fieberkorn accepted a call to St. Charles MO.  Vicar Matthew Riley has been assigned to this congregation.  This is a convertible vicarage which means that after a year of internship his vicarage can become a call to St. James. His ordination and installation are planned for June 25.
  • 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.
  • Salem, Salem - Rev. Michael Feldmann, their previous associate pastor, has accepted the call to become Senior pastor following the retirement of Rev. Doug Meyer. They received a call list for calling an associate pastor. They have called Rev. Sam Fink of Orchard Park, NY. He has declined. They have conducted their second round of interviews and have called Rev. Doug Slavens of Sioux Falls, SD, and he has declined.
  • Shumway, Faith - Pastor Rensner accepted a call to South Dakota.  Pastor Michael Sidenstricker, EM, of Effingham is covering the Sunday morning duties with Rev. Steven Becker assisting with the visitations. They have received additional names and have issued a call to Rev. Nathan Neugebauer of South Dakota. He has declined.
  • Springfield, Concordia - Pastor James Hennig has accepted a call to Trinity, Centralia (SID).  Pastor Koschmann is serving the vacancy.  President Mohr met in a pre-call meeting with the elders. They have submitted their nominations and their congregational self study and are awaiting a list from the district office.
  • Springfield, Holy Trinity - They are currently being served in their vacancy by Rev. Michael Koschmann.
  • Springfield, Trinity - They are looking for an Associate Pastor. After several attempts to call from the field, they are in the process of raising up one of their own as an SMP Associate Pastor. They requested a seminary candidate and were assigned Candidate Jonathan Sharp. His ordination and installation are planned for early July at Trinity.
  • Thawville, St. Peter - They are presently receiving pulpit supply through Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Holy Cross, Vandalia - Rev. Michael Mohr was elected District President in July. They modified his call to a pastor in an assisting capacity and are in the process of calling a full time pastor. They have submitted their nominations, received a call list, and have issued a call to Rev. Christopher Brademeyer of Oaks, ND and he has declined. They issued a call to Rev. 
  • Washington, Our Savior - With the departure of Rev. Thomas Heren, the congregation has been served by Rev. Michael Gallagher as intentional interim pastor. The pre-call meeting has been conducted. They have recently completed their congregational self-study and submitted their nominations. They are waiting for their completed call list.

CID 2023 Vicars/Candidates Placed


  • Vicar Micah Brown [CSL], Bethel-Morton to Brookfield Lutheran Church-Brookfield, WI
  • Candidate Gunner Campbell [CTSFW] Immanuel-Tuscola to Christ Lutheran Church-Jacob, IL
  • Candidate Oliver LaMie [CSL], St. Paul's-Woodworth to St. Peter's Lutheran Church-Prairietown, IL
  • Vicar Henry Scheltens [CTSFW], Christ-Normal to Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA
  • Vicar Jacob Shepard [CTSFW], St. John's-Matton to Trinity Lutheran Church-Hampton, IA
  • Vicar Joshua Taggatz [CSL], St. Matthew-Milan to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church-Frankenmuth, MI

CID Vicarage and Deaconess Internship Assignments 2022-2023

  • Holy Cross - Moline was assigned Jacob Corrigan (Danielle) [CTSFW] and will begin his duties this summer, working under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten. Jacob will be the 53rd Vicar at Holy Cross!  Mt. Calvary - Decatur is receiving Ethan Hart [CSL] as its second vicar to work under the mentorship of Rev. Brett Hinrichs.  The Lord be with you all as you serve and learn.
  • Rachel McCloskey [CSL] has received her assignment as a deaconess intern at Immanuel - Danville under the supervision of Rev. James Yonkers.
  • Thanks to vicars Kyle Moellenhoff [CSL],  James Martin (Amanda)[CTSFW], and Nathan Nelson [CSL] for their service rendered to CID congregations during the 22-23 school year.  We keep them, together with Vicar Brandon Sullivan (son of Our Redeemer-Eureka), in our prayers as over the next couple of months they prepare for their return to seminary and their last year of school.

Other Placements of Interest

  • Former Holy Cross-Moline Vicar Carl Petzold has been assigned to the dual parish of St. John Lutheran Church - West Branch, MI and Hope Lutheran Church - St. Helen, MI
  • Former St. John's-East Moline Vicar Jonathan Lackey has been assigned to Grace Lutheran Church - Vine Grove, KY.

Calls Pending

  • The CID Office has not been informed of any calls to CID Pastors currently pending.

Pastoral Changes

  • Rev. Michael Grieve of Holy Cross-Golden has accepted a call to Zion-Gwinner, ND. He will be departing in June.
  • Rev. Jerry Bagwell (Emeritus) was called to glory on May 2. The Rite of Christian Burial was held on May 6 at St. John's-Dieterich.


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma and was placed on Emeritus status some time ago.

President's Calendar 

  • May 1-3 - Spring Pastors Conference in Effingham
  • May 7 - Installation of Rev. Dale Fjordbotten at St. John-Ash Grove/Trinity-Cissna Park
  • May 14 - Preach at Vandalia
  • May 21 - Service of Decommissioning for Redeemer-Peru
  • May 22-23 - Pastors Retreat at Camp CILCA
  • May 23 - CID Board of Directors
  • May 27-28 - Preach at Our Redeemer-Quincy
  • May 29 - Memorial Day (Office Closed)
  • June 1 - DCE Meeting
  • June 1 - Congregation Constitution Committee Meeting
  • June 3 - Small Church Summit at Concordia-Springfield
  • June 4 - Preach 150th Anniversary Celebration at Zion-Danvers
  • June 9-12 - Synod Convention Floor Committee Meetings
  • June 11 - Ordination/Installation of Sem. Jacob Moore at St. John's-New Berlin
  • June 18 - Preach at Vandalia and Installation of Rev. Brett Cornelius at Holy Cross-Vandalia
  • June 25 - Ordination/Installation of Vicar Matthew Riley at St. James-Quincy
  • July 2 - Preach at Brimfield
  • July 3-8 - Vacation [Out of Office]
  • July 4 - Independence Day (Office Closed)
  • July 11 - Archive Meeting
  • July 15 - Convention Delegate Meeting at District Office
  • July 18-23 - Higher Things Conference and Youth Group Trip (with Holy Cross-Vandalia Youth)
  • July 27 - Synod Convention Travel Day
  • July 28-August 3 - LCMS Synod Convention