Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer (born April 23, 1954) is a Lutheran educator and minister with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in the United States. From 2005 to 2009, he was the president of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan and was previously interim president. He presently serves as senior pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Previous to Ann Arbor, Ahlersmeyer was the executive director of the Cleveland Lutheran High Schools.
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), often referred to simply as the Missouri Synod, is a traditional, confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States. With 2.0 million members, it is the second-largest Lutheran body in the U.S., the largest being Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The LCMS was organized in 1847 at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois, as the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States, a name which reflected the geographic locations of the founding congregations.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Allen County, United States. Located in northeastern Indiana, the city is 18 miles (29 km) west of the Ohio border and 50 miles (80 km) south of the Michigan border. With a population of 253,691 in the 2010 census, it is the second-most populous city in Indiana after Indianapolis, and the 75th-most populous city in the United States. It is the principal city of the Fort Wayne metropolitan area, consisting of Allen, Wells, and Whitley counties, a combined population of 419,453 as of 2011. Fort Wayne is the cultural and economic center of northeastern Indiana. The city is within a 300-mile radius of major population centers, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, and Milwaukee. In addition to the three core counties, the combined statistical area (CSA) includes Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties, with an estimated population of 615,077.
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Concordia is the Latin word for "harmony," literally "with (one) heart." It may refer to:
Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was the first President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and its most influential theologian. He is commemorated by that church on its Calendar of Saints on May 7. He has been described as a man who sacrificed his homeland, his health, and nearly his life for the freedom to speak freely, to believe freely, and to live freely.
The Concordia Theological Seminary is an institution of theological higher education of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and dedicated primarily to the preparation of pastors for the congregations and missions of the LCMS and its partner churches.
The Concordia University System (CUS) is an organization of eight colleges and universities in the United States that are operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). All of the institutions are named "Concordia"--a reference to the Latin title of The Book of Concord, the collection of Lutheran confessions--and all include professional church work programs as part of their curricula. The CUS was formed in 1992. As of 2011, 28,421 students attend Concordia University System institutions.
Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) is a private Lutheran university in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the nine-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) is a private liberal arts university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Its 187-acre (76 ha) campus sits on the banks of the Huron River, about ten minutes outside downtown Ann Arbor. Concordia is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) and is a college of the Concordia University System. Patrick Ferry, the president of the university, along with the CUAA Board of Regents orchestrated CUAA's merger with Concordia University Wisconsin, located in Mequon, Wisconsin, which became official in July 2013. After the merger, Curt Gielow, former executive dean of CUW’s School of Pharmacy and former mayor of Mequon, served as Vice President of Administration and Chief Campus Officer at CUAA through the end of 2018, when he was replaced by Ryan Peterson.
Concordia University Irvine is a private Christian university in Irvine, California, United States. It was established in 1976 to provide a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod college to serve the Pacific Southwest and provide training for pastors, religious education teachers, and Christian school administrators. Concordia University Irvine has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,592 and its campus size is 70 acres (28 ha). It is one of nine colleges and universities in the Concordia University System.
Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus II was a Lutheran pastor, professor, author, seminary president and church denominational president. He served as the eighth president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) from 1969 to 1981. He was a major figure in the "Seminex" theological/political controversy, which resulted in a schism in the LCMS during the early 1970s.
Dr. Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus III is the former president of Concordia University in Irvine, California. He served as president of the university from 1998 to 2009. Previously, he was a professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. On September 23, 2009, he resigned his position as university president to become Executive Vice President for Mission Advancement for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown, Wisconsin.
Dr. Oswald C. J. Hoffmann was an American clergyman and broadcaster who was best known as a speaker for The Lutheran Hour, a long-running radio program affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
The Michigan District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), and comprises the U.S. state of Michigan with the exception of the western half of the Upper Peninsula, which is in the North Wisconsin District. In addition, nineteen Michigan congregations are in the non-geographic English District. The Michigan District includes approximately 380 congregations and missions, subdivided into 44 circuits, as well as 76 preschools, 83 elementary schools and 7 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 212,000. It is by far the largest of the Synod's districts, exceeding the size of the next largest district by over 83,000 members and by 20 congregations.
David Benke is a Lutheran pastor and the former president of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
The Word of God is an ecumenical, charismatic, missionary Christian community in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The community began in 1967 as an evangelistic outreach to students at The University of Michigan. Initially the group was made up of Catholics, but expanded to include Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists, and Christians of the free church tradition.
The Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) is a consortium of Lutheran liberal arts colleges and universities. Formed in 1910, it is the oldest existing inter-Lutheran organization in the United States and Canada. LECNA's purpose is to encourage, assist, and promote cooperation among Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Carl Flentge Schalk is a noted Lutheran composer, author, and lecturer. Between 1965 and 2004 he taught church music at Concordia University Chicago. During this time he guided the development of the university's Master of Church Music degree, which has since graduated more than 140 students. Schalk was a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, which produced Lutheran Book of Worship in 1978. He was also the editor of the journal Church Music from 1966 to 1980. Additionally, he is a member of the Music Advisory Committee of Concordia Publishing House and of the board of directors of Lutheran Music Program, the parent organization of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.
Matthew Carl Harrison is the 13th and current President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He was elected to the presidency on July 13, 2010 at its 64th regular convention held in Houston, Texas. Rev. Harrison officially took office on September 1, 2010, and was formally installed in a service on September 11, 2010 at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He was elected by a 54 - 45% margin on the first ballot. On July 6, 2013, the LCMS announced his election to a second three-year term following a first ballot victory in the church body's first online presidential election. On June 15, 2016, the LCMS announced he had been elected to a third three-year term, having received 56.96 percent of the vote on the first ballot.
Concordia is the name of a number of universities, colleges and seminaries:
Diego Lasansky is an American artist whose focus is on printmaking, painting, and drawing. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.