Sunday Morning Worship in Haiti

Today, 15 January 2012, we worshiped at a local Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH) congregation in Jacmel near the airport.

People singing at worship. The worship at the Lutheran Congregation followed a liturgical outline: Invocation, confession / absolution, Old Testament, Epistle, Gospel readings, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Holy Communion, and Benediction. The music ranged from hymns to Haitian songs.

Drs. Collver and Just assisted in the distribution of Holy Communion. The elders admitted who could or could not attend Holy Communion– this is the way the ELCH practices close(d) communion. About 350 people attended the service and 200 communioned.

A group of collage aged young adults from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They will be assisting in the construction of homes for Haitians.

What a small world… In the group from Milwaukee was Benjamin Wieting from Luther Memorial Chapel in Shorewood. Both Drs. Collver and Grimenstein vicared under Ben’s father, Dr. Kenneth Wieting.

After the service we went to the dedication of the Lutheran Village.

— Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations, posted in Jacmel, Haiti.

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Dedication of Concordia Theological Seminary of Haiti

Haitian and LCMS Delegates at Seminary Delegation

In Leogane, Haiti, the Concordia Theological Seminary of Haiti was dedicated on Saturday, 14 January 2012. Present were leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH), a partner of the LCMS, and delegates from The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Pictured (left to right): President Marky Kessa, Pastor Marckenson, Pastor Isaac Jacquet, Pastor Eliona Bernard, Dr. Collver, Darrel Howanitz, Rev. Glenn Merritt, Carlos Hernandez, Pastor Daniel Paul, Dr. Edward Grimenstein, Pastor Thomas Bernard, Pastor Walter Ries, Jr., Pastor Ted Krey, Rev. Dr. Willy Gaspar, Dr. Author Just.

Rev. Glenn Merritt, Dr. Author Just, Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. Dr. Willy Gaspar

Rev. Glenn Merritt, Director of LCMS Disaster Response, represents the Office of International Mission and worked diligently on the Lutheran Villages in Haiti as well as the development of the seminary building. Dr. Arthur Just, Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, traveled to Haiti along with Dr. Timothy Quill after the earthquake to help revise the Haitian seminary ;curriculum. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations, represented the President’s Office at the dedication. Rev. Dr. Willy Gaspar, served as project manager for the work done in Haiti.

A short video for the dedication of the seminary.

* The internet connection is very slow… will post more when possible.

— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations

Posted from Jacmel, Haiti, on 15 January 2012

Driving Through Port-au-Prince


The Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The Presidential Palace does not look much different than it did two years ago. 


Tent city in front of the Presidential Palace. 


People along the street. 

A passenger van in Port-au-Prince. 


— Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations, Posted from Port-au-Prince 14 January 2012 

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Chaplain Greg Williamson Installation — CMO

From left, the Rev. Gregory K. Williamson and LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison talk before the service. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

On 9 January 2012, the long awaited CMO, Chaplain Gregory K. Williamson was installed as the Chief Mission Officer (CMO) of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The CMO position was created by the  restructuring pland adopted by the July 2010 Synod Convention. Staff, supervised by boards and commissions under the former structure, will now report to a chief mission officer (CMO) who is responsible to the LCMS president. The new structure has five units in all, supervised by the CMO at the direction of the president. The units are Office of International Mission, Office of National Mission, Communications, Fund Development and Pastoral Education.

President Harrison Preaching At the CMO Installation

For the CMO’s installation, President Harrison preached on Galatians 2:1 – 10. In the sermon President Harrison focused on verse 10, “the very thing I was eager to do.” President Harrison mentioned that in the ancient world, the most important word associated with being an administrator was σπουδή (spoude) – zeal or eagerness. The Greek papyri frequently have the phrase μετὰ πολλῆς σπουδῆς (meta polles spoudes) – “with much zeal.” President Harrison said that the new CMO was called by Christ and has the responsibility to administer with great zeal.

After the sermon, the rite of installation was conducted.

Installation of CMO

Here is the service bulletin.

Williamson Installation

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, top left, poses with Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, Williamson's family and guests. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

We are grateful to have the CMO at the International Center.

– Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations