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Synod to welcome new mission executive

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel will serve as LCC's mission executive

WINNIPEG, MB - Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel has accepted the call to serve as Lutheran Church–Canada’s executive assistant to the president for Mission and Social Ministry Services. LCC’s Board of Directors extended the call June 25. Pastor Neitzel and his wife, Maria, will visit Winnipeg in August, and he expects to begin work October 1.

Pastor Neitzel, 57, a native of Brazil, currently serves Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Before immigrating to Canada in 2003, he was a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil where he served as a mission developer and taught missiology at the church body’s seminary.

Upon receiving the news from Pastor Neitzel, LCC president, Rev. Robert Bugbee expressed his gratitude to God and to the pastor “for his decision to embrace the call to serve as the new mission executive for our Lutheran Church–Canada.” The president assured Pastor Neitzel of his prayers, asking God to “bless you with a clear head and a heart of love for all the arrangements that now need to be made.”

LCC’s mission and social ministry executive position was left vacant in 2006 with the retirement of Rev. Dr. Leonard Harms. Former president, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan began serving in an interim capacity in 2008 and will conclude his service September 30 after which he will serve as a volunteer missionary in Nicaragua.

Another call issued by the Board of Directors June 25 to Deacon Michael Schutz to serve as LCC’s electronic communication developer was declined.

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