Leaders of The AALC

National Office Staff

TAALC-DrLeins

Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins,
Presiding Pastor,
The AALC

TAALC-RevShields

Rev. Richard Shields,
President,
ALTS

TAALC-RevStoner

Rev. Dean Stoner,
National Home
Mission Developer
The AALC

TAALC-RevDapelo

Rev. Joe Dapelo,
Admin. Assist.
(pro tem)
The AALC

TAALC-MrsBonnie

Mrs. Bonnie Ohlrich,
Office Manager,
The AALC & ALTS

Executive Committee

Presiding Pastor: Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins
Ass't. Presiding Pastor: Rev. Roger Twito
Secretary to The AALC: Rev. Irvin Stapf
Treasurer to The AALC: Dr. Dan Kruger
National Home Mission Developer: Rev. Dean Stoner
Administrative Ass't to The AALC: Rev. Joe Dapelo (pro tem)
ALTS President (Advisory): Rev. Richard Shields

Association Council

Presiding Pastor: Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins, Chairman
Eastern Region: Rev. Raymond E. Lorthioir, Jr., Mr. Mark Wachtman
Greater Heartland Region: Rev. Chris Schroder, Dss. Brigitte Gassman
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Michael Main, Mr. John Malchow
North Plains Region: Rev. Steve Lundblom, Mr. Sam Haro
Western Region: Rev. Eric Ishimaru, Mr. John Monday
Treasurer to The AALC (Advisory): Dr. Dan Kruger
Administrative Ass't to The AALC: Rev. Joe Dapelo (pro tem)
National Home Mission Developer (Advisory): Rev. Dean Stoner
Secretary to The AALC (Sec'y to Assoc. Council and Jt. Council): Rev. Irvin Stapf

Board of Trustees

Eastern Region: Mr. Tom Eggers
Greater Heartland Region: Mr. Mark Leonard (Chairman), Rev. Dr. Dan Schroeder
West Great Lakes Region: Mr. Ted Knutson, Mr. Les Johnson
North Plains Region: Rev. Dean Johansen, Mr. Doug Taylor
Western Region: Mr. Don Yount, Mr. Arc Jose
Presiding Pastor (Advisory): Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins,
ALTS President (Advisory): Rev. Richard Shields
National Home Mission Developer (Advisory): Rev. Dean Stoner
Administrative Ass't to The AALC: Rev. Joe Dapelo (pro tem)
Treasurer to The AALC (Advisory): Dr. Dan Kruger


Regional Pastors

Eastern Region: Rev. Raymond E. Lorthioir, Jr.
Greater Heartland Region: Rev. Clyde Awtry
Greater Heartland Region Ass't: Rev. Len Brokenshire
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Michael Main
North Plains Region: Rev. David Huskamp
North Plains Region Ass't: Rev. John Anderson
Western Region: Rev. Eric Ishimaru

Regional Chairmen

Eastern Region: Rev. Irvin Stapf
Greater Heartland Region: Mr. Ken Burrington
West Great Lakes Region: Mr. Jerry Pitmon
North Plains Region: Mrs. Sara Ike
Western Region: Mr. John Monday

Regional Mission Developers

Eastern Region: Rev. Fred Balke
Greater Heartland Region: Rev. Bob Snitzer
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Paul Hueter
North Plains Region: Rev. David Huskamp
Western Region: Rev. John Morley

American Lutheran Theological Seminary

President: Rev. Richard P. Shields
Registrar: TBD

Agency for Professional Chaplains

Supervisor of Agency: Ass't. Presiding Pastor, Rev. Roger Twito
Campus Section Director: TBD
Institutional Section Director: Rev. James G. Kloster
Military Section Director: Rev. Dean  Johansen

The AALC Foundation Board of Directors

Rev. Tom Baumgarten, President
Ms. Marie Easter, Treasurer
Mr. Alex Gerken
Rev. Mark Homp, Secretary
Mr. Marcus Schuette
Secretary to The AALC: Rev. Irvin Stapf, ex-officio
Treasurer to The AALC: Dr. Dan Kruger, ex-officio


Commissions of The AALC

AMERICAN MISSIONS

The American Missions Commission supports the work of our mission congregations.

Eastern Region: Mrs. Sue Balke, Chair
Greater Heartland Region: TBD
West Great Lakes Region: Mr. Ted Knutson
North Plains Region: Mr. Ed Engebretson
Western Region: Mr. Chuck Schroeder
National Home Mission Developer (Advisory): Rev. Dean Stoner

BOARD OF APPEALS AND ADJUDICATION

Rev. John Anderson, Chair
Rev. Richard Eddy
Rev. Thomas Baumgarten
Rev. Gary Rokenbrodt
Rev. Raymond E. Lorthioir, Jr.
Rev. Dr. James Hoefer
Dr. Philip Gassman
Mr. Ted Knutson
Mr. John Weiss
Mr. Mike Hailina
Ms. Diane Heindel

COMMISSIONED CHURCH WORKERS

Clergy: Rev. Michael Badenhop
Commissioned Church Worker: Mrs. Kathy Awtrey, Deaconess
Mrs. Martha Spotts
Mrs. Kathleen Schuhmacher
Rev. Richard Shields, President, ALTS, ex-officio (no vote)

CLERGY COMMISSION

The Clergy Commission oversees interviewing, and referral to the Joint Commission, of applicants for pastoral Call in The AALC.

Rev. Dr. Duane R. Lindberg
Rev. Eric Ishimaru
Rev. Michael Main
Rev. David Huskamp
Rev. Steve Lundblom
Mr. Gary Brosamle
Mr. John Lubben

DOCTRINE AND CHURCH RELATIONS

The Doctrine and Church Relations Commission develops doctrinal statements clarifying The AALC's theological positions on issues that confront the Christian church. The Commission also participates in discussions that explore possibilities for inter-church cooperation.

Rev. Jordan Cooper
Rev. Joe Dapelo
Rev. Dr. Dan Schroeder
Mr. Don Matheson
Mr. Rick Yount
Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins, Presiding Pastor, The AALC
Rev. Richard Shields, President, ALTS

EVANGELISM

The Evangelism Commission seeks to identify and provide resources for member congregations that will enhance their outreach ministries.

Eastern Region: Rebecca Burdick
Greater Heartland Region: Marnie Stewart
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Larry Juergensen
North Plains Region: TBD
Western Region Region: Mrs. Gigi Morley
Advisor: Rev. Dean Stoner

HIGHER EDUCATION

The Higher Education Commission guides and oversees American Lutheran Theological Seminary in it's training of pastors prior to certification for call to member congregations.

Mrs. Emily Gerken, Chair
Mrs. Deborah Rokenbrodt
Mrs. Laurie Dapelo
Rev. Dan Dapelo
Rev. Chris Schroder

Rev. Len Brokenshire
Rev. Roger Twito, Assistant Presiding Pastor (with vote)
Advisor: Rev. Richard Shields, President, ALTS
Advisor: CDCR Appointee
Student Representative: TBD
Student Representative: TBD

National Mediation Board

Chair: TBD

NOMINATING

Eastern Region: TBD
Greater Heartland Region: Rev. Dr. Duane Lindberg
West Great Lakes Region: Mr. Jerry Pitmon
North Plains Region: TBD
Western Region: Rev. Joe Dapelo
Advisor: Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins, Presiding Pastor, The AALC


PARISH EDUCATION

The Parish Education Commission seeks out resources and means to enhance Christian education in member congregations.

Eastern Region: Dr. Rodney Bohlmann
Greater Heartland Region: Lana Hanover
West Great Lakes Region: Chris Adams
North Plains Region: Mrs. Marcia Haro
Western Region: TBD

PENSIONS

The Pensions Commission strives to secure dependable, affordable and adequate care for TAALC pastors, and congregation staff members, and their families, through major medical insurance coverage, retirement accounts, and long term care provisions.

Eastern Region: Mr. Henry Wachtman
Greater Heartland Region: Mr. Roger Gamble
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Leon Knitt
North Plains Region: Mr. Doug Taylor
Western Region: TBD
Advisor: Mr. Bryan Marker, Pinnacle Planning Group, Inc


PUBLICATIONS

The Publications Commission oversees the publications of The AALC, including The Evangel which is available in print by mail and PDF download online.

Eastern Region: Ms. Michele Tucker
Greater Heartland Region: Ms. Lori Leonard
West Great Lakes Region: TBD
North Plains Region: Mrs. Marlys Hoff
Western Region: TBD
Evangel Editor: Mrs. Lisa Cooper
Webmaster: TBD


STANDING COMMITTEE FOR MEN

Eastern Region: TBD
Greater Heartland Region: Dave Lahmann
West Great Lakes Region: TBD
North Plains Region: Mr. Mike Callahan
Western Region Region: TBD

COMMISSION FOR WOMEN

Eastern Region: TBD
Greater Heartland Region: Mrs. Kathy Gleason
West Great Lakes Region: Mrs. Jan Main
North Plains Region: Mrs. Beverly Ashley
Western Region: TBD
Pastoral Advisor: Rev. Dick Hueter

WOMEN OF L.I.F.E.

The Women of L.I.F.E. Commission is a womens' auxilliary that develops Bible Study materials for personal growth-in-faith, and supports the ministries of The AALC.

Mrs. Karen Huskamp, Co-Chair
Mrs. Laurie Dapelo, Co-Chair
Mrs. Kathryn Cox, Secretary
Mrs. Katherine Hofinga, Treasurer
Mrs. Mary Jose and Mrs. Neoma Yount, Material Resource Coordinators
Mrs. Diana Wogen, Mission Outreach Chair

WORLD MISSIONS

Eastern Region: Mr. John Lubben
Greater Heartland Region: Mr. Gordon Licht
West Great Lakes Region: Rev. Orlando K. Hash
North Plains Region: Rev. David M. Johnson
Western Region: Rev. Darrel Deuel, Chair

The World Missions Commission supports the work of mission efforts around the world including:

World Mission Prayer League (WMPL)
Latin American Lutheran Mission (LALM)
Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT)
Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots (LAMP)
Lutheran Estonian American Friends (LEAF)
Tartu Academy of Theology
Servant Unique Family Ministries
The Sending Place – Lutherans At Mission Body and Soul (LAMBS)

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

The Youth Activities Commission plans and supervises youth gatherings, at a national level, that will encourage youth of THE AALC in Christian faith, growth, service, and fellowship, and to witness to the unchurched and unconverted.

Eastern Region: Kris Johnson

Greater Heartland Region: Nikki Hegdahl
West Great Lakes Region: Mr. Mark Wiita
North Plains Region: Rev. Steve Lundblom
Western Region: Mr. Rob Ramos
Advisor: Rev. Roger Twito, Ass't Presiding Pastor

Youth Planning Team: Rick Yount
Youth Planning Team: Mr. Pat Dean

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