Contributors

Rev. Matthew C. Harrison

Rev. Matt Harrison

Rev. Matthew C. Harrison is the 13th person to serve as president of the 2.4-million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Based in St. Louis, the Missouri Synod is the second-largest Lutheran church body in North America.

Upon his election, Harrison asked for prayers and said he would “work as hard as I possibly can for unity around the clear and compelling Word of God and nothing else.”

Before becoming president, Harrison served for nine years as the executive director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

Rev. Herbert C. Mueller Jr.

Rev. Herb Mueller

Rev. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. is serving as first vice-president, and member of the praesidium, of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a position he was elected to in 2010.

Previously, Mueller served as president of the LCMS Southern Illinois District from 1994 to 2010.

Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig

Dr. Ray Hartwig

Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig is serving as secretary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a position he first elected to in 1998.

Previously, Hartwig served as president of the LCMS South Dakota District from 1988 to 1998.

Rev. Jon D. Vieker

Rev. Jon Vieker

Rev. Jon D. Vieker is the senior assistant to Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Prior to joining the president’s staff in September 2010, Vieker served as assistant director for the LCMS Commission on Worship, a position he began in November 1998.

Barbara A. Below

Barb Below

Barbara A. Below is serving as assistant to Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).  Below is the first woman to serve on the executive-level staff for an LCMS president.

Prior to joining the president’s staff in September 2010, Below, a licensed clinical social worker, served for six years as director of social ministry organizations for LCMS World Relief and Human Care, the disaster relief and mercy ministry of the Synod.

Dr. Albert B. Collver

Dr. Al CollverDr. Albert B. Collver III is serving as the director of church relations-assistant to Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Prior to joining the president’s staff in September 2010, Collver was the executive pastoral assistant for LCMS World Relief and Human Care, the disaster relief and mercy ministry of the Synod, for four years.