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Installation Service of Rev. Mark Smith as International Missions Executive of Lutheran Church-Canada

September 11, 2018 No Comment

The Installation Service of Rev. Mark Smith as International Missions Executive of Lutheran Church-Canada, was held in the Chapel at the LCC Synod Office, 3074 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB on Tuesday, September 11th at 10:00 AM.

  • LCC President Rev. Timothy Teuscher

Originally from Monroe, Michigan, Pastor Smith earned his BA in theology at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and Luther Seminary in Australia, received his M. Div. degree from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines before obtaining an MA degree from Durham University in the UK. He has served in a variety of positions: an LCMS lay missionary to Papua New Guinea; volunteer coordinator for the African Refugee Program of the Lutheran Church of Australia; Missionary-at-Large and Pastor of St. Timothy’s in Sunderland, UK; seminary instructor in Nicaragua and Haiti; and Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Plumas, Manitoba. He is currently serving as the LCC East District’s Circuit Rider in the St. Andrew’s parish of Atlantic Canada, which includes Halifax, Annapolis Valley, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. Pastor Smith will succeed Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel who retired at the end of April, 2018.

As International Mission Executive, Pastor Smith will be responsible for mission and social ministry programs offered by LCC. The duties of the position include providing oversight of the current mission and social ministry programs, exploring new mission opportunities and strategies, and developing funding strategies for the support of missions and social ministry. Smith will also provide oversight of social ministry programs, communicate the mission work of LCC, represent the president to districts, mission oriented-auxiliaries and agencies, act as LCC Liaison with Listed Service Organizations, and and other duties as required.