Convention 2017: Workbook released, presidential nominees announced

NOTE: An earlier version of the Workbook inadvertently left off two names from the Commission on Adjudication membership list as well as a chart from the LCCFM report. The story now links to a corrected version of the Workbook. Please note that the corrections change the pagination of the original workbook.

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada has released the workbook for its upcoming synodical convention to be held October 13-16, 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario. Included in the workbook is information on nominations as well as other important convention information, including overtures as well as reports from synodical departments, auxiliaries, listed service organizations, and other entities.

The workbook is available for download here.

Of particular interest this convention are the nominations for president, as President Robert Bugbee announced earlier this year he would not be standing for reelection. In total, 18 different pastors received at least two nominations for the position of president. Of these, two have accepted the nomination. The slate of presidential nominations includes Rev. Timothy Teuscher (11 nominations) and Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer (4 nominations). Rev. Teuscher currently serves as pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (Stratford, Ontario) and as First Vice President of the East District of Lutheran Church–Canada. Dr. Schaeffer currently serves as President of the Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada.

The slate of candidates for Vice-Presidents include:

  • ABC District: Rev. David Bode, Rev. Tom Kruesel, Rev. Roland Kubke, Rev. Lee Loveridge
  • Central District: Rev. Ted Giese, Rev. Alex Klages, Rev. Dr. Harald Schoubye
  • East District: Rev. Marvin Bublitz, Rev. Timothy Teuscher, Rev. Kurt Reinhardt

Further information on candidates is available in the workbook, as is the names of those candidates who declined nomination. Also included in the workbook are the nominees for open positions on the Board of Directors, Commission on Adjudication, Commission on Theology and Church Relations, and the Boards of Regents for both Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario).

Further information on the convention, including appointments and registration information, is available here.


Pre-Convention Bulletin 2

The 11th Convention of Lutheran Church-Canada is scheduled for October 13-16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

Opening Communion Service will be held Friday, October 13 at 7:30 at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener.

Worship Committee:
Rev. Ken Maher (chair), Paul Walrath
Rev. Ron Mohr; Rev. Larry Gajdos; President Robert Bugbee
Rev. Maher will also serve as convention chaplain

Delegate Registration deadline is August 7. If you have still not registered please do so as soon as possible. The link to the registration site is:

If you are attending the convention but you are not a delegate, you are encouraged to attend as a registered visitor. The registration fee is $85.00 and includes a name badge, designated seating on the convention floor, a convention workbook, copies of materials produced for delegates and a copy of the convention proceedings. Register at

Airline discounts
LCC has secured discounts for convention travel on WestJet and Air Canada to Toronto and Kitchener. Details are available HERE

Resolution committees have been appointed and will meet at Synod Office Sept. 8 & 9. They will also meet Friday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the convention site.

Resolutions Committee 1 – (Synodical Structure)
Rev. Tom Prachar (chair), Merv Rocheleau, James Krestick, Ron Faulkner, Rev. Jonathan Kraemer, Rev. Robert Korsch

Resolutions Committee 2 – (Parish Services & Higher Education)
Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer (chair), Rev. John Rapp, Barb Fooks, Jordan Wall, Robert Felstead, and Rev. David Smilek

Resolutions Committee 3 – (Administration & Finance)
Rev. Paul Zabel (chair), Jon Oberholzer, David Mitchell, Deacon Miriam Winstanley, Rev. Alex Klages, Michael Maunula

Convention Appointments
Convention Manager: Dr. Ian Adnams
Registration and Hospitality: Udi Scott
Head Page and Pages coordinator: Doris Schaeffer

Convention notes
Several exhibitors will be at convention including Sperling’s Book Store.
International guests include church leaders from the US, Germany, Nicaragua and Peru.

Lend a hand!
When more than 250 lay persons, pastors and deacons of Lutheran Church–Canada meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, October 13-16 there will be a number of opportunities for members of Southern Ontario congregations to serve — everything from greeters to drivers and on-site volunteers. If you have some spare time that weekend and want to meet and greet fellow Lutherans from across the country go to , check out what’s available and sign-up!


2017 Convention Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Convention Schedule


Friday, October 13

1:00-7:00 p.m.     Registration
1:00 p.m.             Exhibits and Bookstore Open
1:00 p.m.             Resolutions Committees (3)
2:00 p.m.             Board of Directors
4:00-5:00             Business Session 1 – Orientation
5:30 p.m.             Dinner
7:30 p.m.             Convention Opening Divine Service with Celebration of Holy Communion at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
9:30 p.m.             Fellowship


Saturday, October 14

6:45-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
7:30 a.m.          Late registration
8:15 a.m.          Bible Study/Devotions
9:00 a.m.          Business Session 2
12:00 p.m.        Closing Prayer
12:15 p.m.        Lunch
1:30 p.m.          Business Session 3
3:00 p.m.          Break
3:15 p.m.          Business Session 3 (continued)
5:00 p.m.          Closing Prayer
5:15 p.m.          Dinner
7:30 p.m.          Reformation Concert at Grace Lutheran Church


Sunday, October 15

6:45-8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
8:15 a.m.           Worship in convention venue
9:30 a.m.           Break
9:45 a.m.           Business Session 4
12:00 p.m.         Closing Prayer
12:15 p.m.         Lunch
1:30 p.m.           Bible Study
2:15 p.m.           Business Session 5
3:30 p.m.           Break
3:45 p.m.           Business Session 5 (continued)
4:00 p.m.           Exhibits and Bookstore Close
6:00 p.m.           Closing Prayer
6:30 p.m.           Dinner/Banquet
8:30 p.m.           Reception for President and Mrs. Bugbee

Monday, October 16     

6:45-8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
8:15 a.m.           Bible Study
9:00 a.m.           Business Session 6
12:00 p.m.         Adjournment
12:15 p.m.         Lunch

2017 Lutheran Church—Canada Synodical Convention

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Dates: The 11th convention of Lutheran Church–Canada will be held October, 13-16, 2017.

Location: The convention sessions will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

CONVENTION THEME: The theme for the convention and for the next three years commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The specific Synodical convention theme is Christ Alone, Christ Forever.

The convention logo is based on Lutheran Church-Canada’s 2017 Reformation 500 logo with the convention theme added. It was designed by Philip Prozenko as a gift to the church. Prozenko is chairman of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also President and owner of AtlantexCreativeWorks

CONVENTION FORMAT: The convention will begin with an orientation session on Friday, October 13 at 4 p.m. and conclude at lunchtime on Monday, October 16. An Opening Service will take place Friday evening and a Reformation anniversary event on Saturday evening.

It is anticipated that the primary business of the convention will be the restructuring of Synod and elections of those who will serve the Synod and its members in leadership positions and on commissions and boards.


Convention arrangements are being handled by Dr. Ian Adnams who has managed conventions for LCC since 1996.


March 15, 2017                Ballots for president & vice-president to congregations

March 23, 2017                Delegate lists to District Secretary

April 13, 2017                Delegates lists to Synod Secretary

June 13, 2017                 Ballots for president & vice-president returned to Synod office

June 15, 2017                 Online registration open

June 15, 2017                 Workbook reports (committees, boards, commissions LSO’s and auxiliaries)

June 15, 2017                 Overtures deadline

August 1, 2017                Workbook published

August 7, 2017               Registration Deadline

August 25, 2017               Responses and comments re: reports & overtures

September 8/9                 Resolutions Committees meet