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The editor of The Canadian Lutheran, Mathew Block (former Communications Manager for Lutheran Church–Canada)  is responsible for all feature stories, national and international news content, magazine theme, and layout. Block also servers as the communications manager for the International Lutheran Council.

Regional Editors

The Canadian Lutheran is also served by three sub-editors who arrange content for the Regional News sections of the magazine.

The West Region News editor is Laura Goerz. Goerz is a regular contributor to Tapestry, the national magazine of Lutheran Women’s Missionary-League-Canada (LWMLC), having written with them since the magazine’s inception in 1994. She has also written numerous articles, devotions, Bible studies, and some workshops, mostly for LWMLC, including the theme devotional “Sparks of the Spirit” for the last national LWMLC convention. She became ABC District News editor in 2016.

The Central Region News editor is Elaine Stanfel. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Elaine joined The Canadian Lutheran as East District News editor from 2000 to 2003. She has been editing the Central District News since 2005. Keeping in touch with contacts via Facebook and email makes it easier to cover such a large geographical area as the Central District. Elaine also serves as a proofreader for LWMLC’s Tapestry magazine and sits on the LWMLC Laurentian District Board.

The East Region News editor is Ilene Fortin. Ilene began work at the East District office at the beginning of January 2003 as a temporary secretarial assistant. By March of that year she had been made a permanent employee as Administrative Secretary to the President. That same year she became East District News editor. Her prior computer experience helped advance the role of technology at the district office. Keeping up with the changes keeps her motivated and challenged ten years, and still loving what she does.


If you are interested in writing for The Canadian Lutheran, please visit our submissions guidelines page. Congregational-level news should be directed to your district’s news editor. All other inquiries should be made to Mathew Block.



  • Melvin Klassen said:

    In a few places, you have a hyperlink to “calls” for the A-BC District.
    But, the URL that you cite is incorrect.

    Instead, please use:

    Thank you.

  • Jeff Adams said:

    On behalf of everyone at Samaritan’s Purse Canada, please pass along our thanks to Heather Shilton for her fine article about serving with Samaritan’s Purse in Grand Forks, BC, as a member of one of our 2018 flood clean-up teams.

    Heather’s article explained in great detail how the flood happened, and how Samaritan’s Purse equips and utilizes volunteers to respond. I’m very pleased that Heather’s article also highlighted the importance we place on prayer, and on ministering to the flood victims.

    I sincerely hope and pray that Heather, and other members of the Lutheran church, will join in future Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts. We covet your volunteering, your prayers, and your donations!

    Jeff Adams
    Director, Communications and Creative Services Department
    Samaritan’s Purse Canada
    Calgary, Alberta

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