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Official Notices

Vacancies (32 total, 23 actively calling or on temporary hold)

  • 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 has declined. The congregation has requested a new list.
  • Bloomington, Trinity - Rev. Billy Newell has accepted a call to South Dakota. The congregation is beginning the process of selecting a call committee to begin the calling process.
  • Bluffs, Trinity/Winchester, Christ - The Rev. Richard Harre is serving this dual parish in their vacancy.
  • Brimfield, St. Paul - Rev. Michael Liese has accepted a call to Kentucky. A pre-call meeting has been conducted and the congregational self-study is being completed.
  • Charleston, Immanuel - Rev. Ken Hoover has announced his upcoming retirement in mid-2024. A pre-call meeting has been conducted, congregational study completed, and nominations have been submitted. As the congregation awaits their list, they are making plans to celebrate pastor's retirement.
  • 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.  After a few returned calls, the congregation is beginning discussions about various next steps.
  • 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, have evaluated the candidates, and have extended a call to Rev. Colin Ford. He is deliberating.
  • Golden, Holy Cross - Pastor Michael Grieve has accepted a call to Zion Lutheran Church in Gwinner, ND. 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 - A call list has been sent to the congregation.
  • Jacksonville, Redeemer - Pastor John Laux has announced his upcoming retirement. A call committee has been formed and a pre-call meeting has been conducted.
  • 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. Following the declination of the call by Rev. Philip Rigdon, the congregation is preparing to issue another call to the field.
  • Lincoln, Faith - Pastor Clarence Rogers has retired. A pre-call meeting been scheduled.
  • 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 being served by Rev. Steven Becker. They have received their list from the district. They have issued several calls, all declined. They are preparing to issue another call.
  • Macomb, Immanuel and Student Center - The Rev. Tom Baker of MO is serving during the vacancy. Given the long length of their vacancy, President Mohr met with the congregation to discuss various options. There are sufficient candidates remaining that the congregation will issue one more call before invoking any of those additional options. They have extended a call, but release of the name of their pastor-elect is being held pending the notification of his current congregation.
  • 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 Trinity-Manito 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. They have submitted new nominations and are awaiting a new list from the district office.
  • Moline, Holy Cross - Pastor Karsten has announced his upcoming retirement for mid-2024. A pre-call meeting has been conducted as the congregation makes plans to celebrate the conclusion of pastor's ministry among them.
  • Monticello, Faith - The Rev. Terry Strom has retired. A pre-call meeting was conducted. The congregation has completed its self-study and submitted nominations and is now waiting for a call list.
  • 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 have issued a call to Rev. Keith Bueltman. He has accepted and will be installed in late October.
  • Pekin, Trinity - Pastor Simeon Raddatz has accepted a call to serve at Concordia University-Chicago. His last Sunday will be September 24. A Pre-Call Meeting has been conducted. Nominations will be gathered and the self-study is being completed.
  • 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.
  • Rochester, Good Shepherd - Rev. Janssen has announced his upcoming retirement. A pre-call meeting with the congregation has been conducted. They are preparing to celebrate the conclusion of pastor's service among them, then will gather nominations and complete the self-study.
  • 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. After several attempts at calling from the field, the congregation has received a new list of candidates to examine.
  • 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 several calls - all declined. They have extended a call, but release of the name of their pastor-elect is being held pending the notification of his current congregation.
  • 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 have received a list from the district office.
  • Springfield, Holy Trinity - They are currently being served in their vacancy by Rev. Michael Koschmann.
  • Thawville, St. Peter - They are presently receiving pulpit supply through Rev. Earl Kinnee.
  • Urbana, Trinity - Pastor Shawn Boylan has announced his intention to retire at the end of May 2024. A Pre-Call Meeting will be scheduled soon.
  • 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 have received their list from the district and issued a call to Rev. Dr. Andrew Johnson of Milford, MI. He has declined. The congregation is preparing to issue another call.

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

  • We are aware of none at this time.

Pastoral Changes

  • Rev Simeon Raddatz of Trinity-Pekin has accepted the call to serve as Campus Pastor for Concordia University-Chicago. His final Sunday will be September 24.


  • Rev. Glenn Niemann has renal cell carcinoma.

President's Calendar 

  • Sep 4 - OFFICE CLOSED - Labor Day
  • Sep 14 - Joint CID/SID Circuit Visitor Training
  • Sep 15-19 - Council of Presidents Meeting/Synod Installation Service in St. Louis
  • Sep 21 - Finance and Management Meeting
  • Sep 24 - Preach at Trinity-Roanoke 
  • Sep 26 - CID Board of Directors
  • Oct 2-4 - Pastors Conference - Christ-Normal
  • Oct 6 - CID/SID Teachers Conference
  • Oct 6 - LWML Board of Directors at Camp CILCA
  • Oct 10 - Archive Committee Meeting
  • Oct 12 - Preach Chapel at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis
  • Oct 12-13 - Reunion at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis
  • Oct 24 - CID Principals Conference
  • Oct 29 - Preach Lincoln Circuit Reformation Service
  • Oct 31 - Preach at Jackson Circuit Reformation Service
  • Nov 10 - OFFICE CLOSED - Veterans' Day (Observed)
  • Nov 11-16 - COP Meeting at Concordia University - Irvine, CA
  • Nov 17 - Endowment Fund ZOOM Meeting
  • Nov 23-24 - OFFICE CLOSED - Thanksgiving
  • Nov 28 - CID Board of Directors