2012 Winston-Salem

Quick Facts ~ 2012
49th Annual LWMS Convention
Winston-Salem, June 21-24

Our God Reigns - based on Isaiah 52:7 -"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns'!"


Registered attendees:  724
Number of circuits represented:  57
Current membership: 884 congregations ~ 4 individual members

Mission Presentations

Pastor Stephen Schmidt~WELS Military Services, Jacksonville, North Carolina
Pastor Gary Lupe~Apache Mission, Cibecue, Arizona
Pastor Andrew Johnston~Antigua Mission, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies
Pastor Timothy Bourman~Multi-cultural Ministry, Queens, New York
Pastor Nathan and Julie Wagenknecht~Latin American Traveling Theological Educators (LATTE), Leon, Mexico

Worship Leaders

Thursday evening opening worship - Pastor Keith Free, Home Mission Administrator, Preacher ~ Pastor Brady Coleman, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister
Friday morning devotion - Pastor Heath Butler, Bethlehem, Manassas, Virginia
Friday afternoon devotion - Pastor Kevin Wattles, Grace, Falls Church, Virginia
Saturday morning devotion - Pastor Bruce Wietzke, Shepherd of the Bay, Lusby, Maryland
Saturday afternoon devotion - Pastor Frederick Guldberg, Star of Bethlehem, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday morning closing worship - Pastor Joel Petermann, North Atlantic District President, Preacher ~ Pastor Jeffrey Mahnke, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister

Bible Studies

"Why Do So Many Bad Things Happen, Since Our God Reigns" ~ Pastor Brady Coleman, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Pilgrim, Mesa, Arizona
"Reigning With God in Your Personal Witnessing" ~ Pastor Jeffrey Mahnke, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, St. Peter, Schofield, Wisconsin  


 "We Will Serve with His Love and Compassion" ~ Mark Vance, WELS Christian Aid and Relief
"The Little Church that Couldn't, but God Can!" ~ Pastor Jonathan Bergemann, Trinity, Woodbridge, Virginia
"Thoughts from a Missionary's Wife" ~ Lorna Satorius, Grace, Falls Church, Virigina
"Leaps of Faith-Blessings and Challenges" ~ Pastor Eric Roecker, Resurrection, Chesapeake, Virginia

Thank you to outgoing officers:

Vice President Bambi Tuttle
Secretary Jill Doering
Communications Coordinator Sue Fager

Thank you to outgoing standing committee members:

Bylaws Committee ~ Cheryl Diener and Anita Schulz
Communications Committee ~ Mary Jo Barnes and Nancy Busiahn

Present Officers

President Jackie Hieb, Cleveland, Ohio
President-elect Jeanne Martin, Saginaw, Michigan
Vice President Hali Dessecker, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Secretary Melinda Sims, Grove City, Ohio
Treasurer Donna Cook, Lenexa, Kansas
Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Coordinator Karla Jaeger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Communications Coordinator Joyce Schultz, Saginaw, Michigan
Pastoral Advisor Brady Coleman, San Tan Valley, Arizona
Pastoral Advisor Jeffrey Mahnke, Weston, Wisconsin 

37 Mission flags were presented

kids c.a.r.e.

2012-2013 Home Mission Project:  VBS Camp Support
2011-2012 World Mission Project:  Partners in Apache Learning  (PAL) ~ $81,886.25
2010-2011 Home Mission Project:  Caribbean Missions ~ $80,232.01
2009-2010 World Mission Project:  Pakistan ~ $74,606.76
2008-2009 Home Mission Project:  Peace In Jesus Vietnamese Outreach, Boise, Idaho ~ $61,813.51
2007-2008 World Mission Project:  WELS Mission to the Children ~  $65,158.90
2006-2007 Home Mission Project:  Children and Adult Bible Study Material ~  $12,239.06
2005-2006 World Mission Project:  South Asia Orphanges ~ $13,464.23

Mission Projects Selected


Home Mission Project #HM-2010-11: Summer Student Assistants- $31,063.45
World Mission Project #WM-2010-22: Thailand Projects - $31,063.45

Worship Service Offerings

Home Mission Project #HM-2010-05: First Public Service Assistance- $14,768.85
World Mission Project #WM-2010-08: Zambia Projects- $14,768.85

Offering Totals

Mission Projects Offering - $62,126.90
Worship Services Offering - $29,537.70

Mission projects to be voted on in 2013

Home Missions

Caribbean Missionary Conference (HM-2012-14)
Students in Multi-Ethnic Seminary Program (HM-2012-16) 

World Missions

Nigeria Projects (WM-2012-05)
Indonesia Projects (WM-2012-18)

Future Convention Sites

2013 - La Crosse Convention Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 27-30, Winona Circuit
2014 - TBA