About the Second through Sixth Vice-Presidents
In addition to the first vice-president, five other vice-presidents make up the Praesidium. They are responsible for various duties within the LCMS.
Second Vice-President | The Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe, Jr.
Representing the Great Lakes Region
The Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr. is second vice-president and a member of the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a position to which he was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2013. He represents the church’s Great Lakes Region.
He also serves as editor-in-chief for the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly and as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., and Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.
Previously, Wohlrabe served as third vice-president of the LCMS (2007-2010). He also was regional chaplain for Naval District Washington (2007-2009). He retired with the rank of captain in May 2009, having served as an active duty U.S. Navy chaplain for 22 years. Prior to that, he was in the Naval Reserves and served as an enlisted sailor on active duty.
His tours of duty in the Navy included the USS John F. Kennedy (1973-1976); various Naval Reserve units (1976-87); Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty (1987-1990); Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. (1990-1992); Naval Facility Brawdy, Wales, U.K. (1992-95); Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. (1995-1998); USS Blue Ridge and Commander Seventh Fleet (1998-2001); Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine (2001-04); and First Naval Construction Division and Naval Construction Force (2005-2007). He has received numerous military awards.
In addition, Wohlrabe has served as pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Lupton, Colo. (1982-1984); guest instructor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1984-86); assistant director of Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis (1986-1987); and pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo, Ill. (2009-12).
A native of Mankato, Minn., Wohlrabe earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1978. He also received a Master of Divinity in 1981, a Master of Sacred Theology in 1982 and a Doctor of Theology in 1987, all from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has published numerous articles for theological journals, church and military publications, and books, including Ministry in Missouri until 1962 (1992) and Soli Deo Gloria: Essays on C.F.W. Walther in Memory of August R. Suelflow (2000).
Wohlrabe and his wife, Julie, live in St. Francis, Wis. They have three grown children: one daughter and two sons.
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Third Vice-President | The Rev. Daniel Preus
Representing the Central Region
The Rev. Daniel Preus is third vice-president and a member of the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He was elected fourth vice-president in 2010 and re-elected and ranked as third vice-president in 2013. He represents the church’s Central Region.
Preus, who is currently serving on the pastoral staff at Hope Lutheran Church, St. Louis, previously served as the Synod’s first vice-president (2001-04). He served congregations in Hobart, Ind.; Truman, Minn.; Oak Park, Ill.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1975 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001, he served as the director of Concordia Historical Institute, St. Louis, and from 2005 to 2012, as director of the Luther Academy, also in St. Louis, an organization devoted to promoting confessional Lutheran theology.
In other service to the church, Preus sat on the LCMS Board for Parish Services, the Synod’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Lutheran Church Extension Fund. He was a leader in discussions resulting in the declaration of church fellowship between the LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya in 2004 and was a liaison between Concordia Historical Institute and the Federal Republic of Germany from 1995 to 1996, where he worked for the return of the Luther manuscript Wider Hanswurst to the Federal Republic of Germany.
Born in Mayville, N.D., Preus graduated from the former Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1971 and from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1975, when it was located in Springfield, Ill. He also holds a Master of Sacred Theology, which he completed in 1989, from the Fort Wayne Seminary.
Preus and his wife, Linda, live in St. Louis. They have three sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.
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Fourth Vice-President | The Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Representing the West-Southwest Region
The Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray is fourth vice-president and a member of the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He was elected fifth vice-president in 2010 and re-elected and ranked as fourth vice-president in 2013. He represents the church’s West-Southwest Region. He also currently serves as senior pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, where he was called in 1996.
Previously, Murray served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada (1983-85), and Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna, La. (1985-96). He served on the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations — as a member from 1995 to 2001 and as a vice-chair from 1998 to 2001. He also served on the board of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston from 2001 to 2007. He has served as an editorial associate for Logia, a journal of Lutheran theology, and he is chairman of the Board of Directors of Luther Academy, an organization that promotes confessional Lutheran theology.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Murray graduated with a B.A. from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1980 and earned a M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1983. He also holds a M.A. from Loyola University and a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Murray writes a devotion every weekday called “Memorial Moment,” which is based on the church’s fathers. He also is the author of Law, Life, and the Living God (Concordia Publishing House, 2001), A Year with the Church Fathers (Concordia Publishing House, 2011) and numerous journal articles.
Murray and his wife, Maryann, live in Houston. They have two daughters.
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Fifth Vice-President | The Rev. Nabil S. Nour
Representing the Great Plains Region
The Rev. Nabil S. Nour is fifth vice-president and a member of the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Elected to the position in 2013, he represents the church’s Great Plains Region. He also serves as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Armour, S.D.
Previously, Nour served the church by holding several positions in the LCMS South Dakota District: serving as a circuit counselor (1998-2006), second vice-president (2006-12), and first vice-president (2012-13).
Born in Nazareth, Israel, Nour moved with his family to Haifa when he was 3 and lived on the very slopes of Mount Carmel where Elijah once hid from Jezebel. Nour immigrated to the United States when he was 16 and eventually became a naturalized citizen. He also underwent adult instruction in the Lutheran faith.
Nour graduated in 1978 from Huron College, Huron, S.D., with a Bachelor of Science in criminology and sociology and minors in psychology and gerontology. He worked in the construction industry before entering Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1989. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1994 with a Master of Divinity, he was called to Redeemer.
Today Nour is completing studies for a doctorate in homiletics at the seminary and writing two books and a Bible study on the book of Ruth. He is a trained reconciler, and he travels widely to preach and teach, including speaking on how to live a Christian life in a postmodern world and witnessing among Muslims.
Nour and his wife, Jean, live in Armour. They have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.
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Sixth Vice-President | The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Kuhn
Representing the East-Southeast Region
The Rev. Dr. Robert T. Kuhn is sixth vice-president and a member of the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Elected to the position in 2013, he represents the church’s East-Southeast Region.
Kuhn is president emeritus of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Originally elected as the church’s first vice-president in 1995, he served through 2001 when he assumed the position of president after the death in March of that year of then Synod President A.L. Barry. He served the remaining five months of the 2001 presidential term of office. Kuhn was then elected to the LCMS Board of Directors, where he served from 2001 to 2013, including serving nine years as chairman of the board.
Prior to serving as an officer of the Synod and a member of its board, Kuhn served several parishes and held other positions with Synod entities. Following graduation from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1963, Kuhn served for seven years as pastor of both St. John Lutheran Church, Bath, Ill., and Salem Lutheran Church, Chandlerville, Ill. In 1970, he accepted a call to serve as pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo, Ill., where he remained until 1977.
Called in 1977 to serve as assistant director for development at what is now known as Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., Kuhn worked in that capacity until 1979, when he once again became a parish pastor, this time at Zion Lutheran Church, Pleasant Plains, Ill. He served that congregation until becoming president of the LCMS Central Illinois District, a position he held from 1985 to 1995. He also was a member of the district’s board of directors, beginning in 1972 and served in that capacity until elected district president in 1985.
Before attending seminary, Kuhn earned his undergraduate degree at Concordia Junior College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1957. He went on to receive a Doctor of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1988.
Kuhn and his wife, Judy, were married for 50 years until her death in 2014. (Read more in The Reporter.) They had three children. Kuhn lives in Oviedo, Fla.
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