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Directors appoint new vice-president

September 7, 2011 No Comment

by James Morgan

Rev. Mark Dressler

Following a conference call September 6, Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Rev. Mark Dressler, pastor of Saskatoon’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in LCC’s Central District, to serve as Synod’s new Third Vice-president. The appointment of Rev. Dressler comes after Rev. Brian Falkenholt of the Central District, elected Third Vice-president at LCC’s June convention in Hamilton, recently accepted a call to serve a parish in the East District and asked for a release from the executive responsibility.

“This is wonderful news,” said LCC President Robert Bugbee about the election of Rev. Dressler, noting Synod will miss Rev. Falkhenholt’s leadership and contribution but believing the board made a good selection to fill his vacancy. “Pastor Mark Dressler is a strong and sensitive servant of Christ in his congregation in Saskatoon, and is an acknowledged leader throughout the Central District. We’re grateful to have found such an able candidate for this vacancy.”

Rev. Dressler is a graduate of Concordia University College in Edmonton and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1991. He worked as a public school teacher from 1991 to 1997 and then attended Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS), Edmonton, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2001.

His first call was to St. Paul’s and Rev. Dressler served as Saskatoon Circuit Counsellor from 2002 to 2008. In addition to supervising vicars, the pastor has served on the CLS Board of Regents since 2008. He served on the Lutheran Schools task force and chaired Synod’s vicarage task force from 2008 to 2011.

The new Board of Directors, elected in June of which Pastor Dressler is a member, will meet in Winnipeg October 21 and 22.

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