Synod elects General Church Board
Hobart barrister Kim Baumeler has been elected to serve on the LCANZ’s General Church Board (GCB) by the LCANZ’s General Synod.
Former LCANZ secretary elected as next assistant bishop
The General Synod of the LCANZ has elected Pastor Neville Otto, senior pastor at St Paul Box Hill in suburban Melbourne and former Secretary of the Church, as assistant bishop of the LCANZ.
LCANZ bishop-elect ‘humbled’ by call to serve as church leader
LCANZ bishop-elect Pastor Paul Smith says he is ‘humbled’ by his election by General Synod and has asked for the prayers of church members as he prepares to take up the role next year.
Queensland welcomes new bishop
Pastor Mark Vainikka has been installed as the new bishop for the LCANZ’s Queensland District. Watched via livestream by family members, including his parents, who were in lockdown in Victoria.
Singapore Lutherans welcome new bishop
The Right Reverend Lu Guan Hoe is the new bishop of LCANZ overseas partner church Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS). Bishop Lu, who succeeds Bishop Terry Kee Buck Hwa, was installed as the third bishop of the LCS on 26 June.
LWF elects Estonian pastor as new general secretary
The Lutheran World Federation Council has elected Estonian theologian Rev Anne Burghardt to be its next General Secretary. She will be the first woman and the first Central-Eastern European to hold this leadership position for the global communion of Lutheran churches.
New bishop for LCA’s Queensland District
Pastor Mark Vainikka will be the next LCA Queensland District bishop. He was elected unopposed during the District Convention of Synod at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane’s south last weekend (4–6 June).
LCANZ answers Philippines’ mission call
Rev Dr Michael Lockwood has answered the call to serve as a missionary with the Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP), a partner church of the LCANZ. His move is in response to a request last year from LCP President Rev Antonio Reyes for assistance with the training of pastors and deaconesses.
Church planter to take on local mission role
Church planter Nathan Hedt will be LCA/NZ’s next Pastor for New and Renewing Churches. Pastor Nathan (pictured with wife Yvette) will take up the role early in 2021.
LCA/NZ ordination service to be live-streamed
Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting attendance numbers at public gatherings, this year’s LCA/NZ ordination service will be live-streamed on the internet, so that people from across the church can participate.