Board of DirectorsBoard Business and Member Directory
July 26-28, 2018
Board Members (2015-2018)
Note: New board members were elected at the 2018 Kansas District Convention in June. The information below will be updated after our new Board of Directors meets in late July.
Dave is a lifelong member of the Kansas District and a current member of Christ, Overland Park. He graduated in 1981 from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in education and received his Juris Doctorate in 1984 from Washburn Law School. After practicing law for 15 years, he became a District Judge in Shawnee County and since 2011 has served as a judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Dave has served on the Board of Education of Topeka Lutheran School and on the Kansas District’s Family Life Committee and Adjudication Committee, the LCMS Board for International Mission, and the LCMS Board of District and Congregational Services, which he chaired. Among his many civic activities, Dave served as the 2015-16 president of Optimist International. He and his wife, Shawn, have two children, Nate and Elise, and a granddaughter, Emory.
Rick graduated from Concordia, River Forest (now Concordia-Chicago) in 1974. He received a Master of Science in administration from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1979 and a Specialist degree in administration from Central Missouri University, Warrensburg in 1995. Rick served as a Lutheran educator and principals until 2014, when he retired from the teaching ministry. During his career, he served schools in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas (Hope Lutheran School, Shawnee). Rick has served on various synodical, district and community boards and committees throughout his ministry. Rick and his wife Kathy (Hentsch) have two children, Seth and Gretchen, and two grandchildren.
Ruth lives in northwest Kansas near Atwood. She and her husband, Harlan, operate a farm raising red angus cattle and growing corn and wheat. A native of northeast Kansas, she is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in economics. Ruth and Harlan have been married for 34 years and have three children: Andi and husband, Dallas, Adam and wife Chelsie, and Bethany and husband Dusty. She also has four grandchildren. At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church of Atwood, she serves on the Finance Committee and teaches Midweek. She enjoys traveling to visit their children, gardening and baking.
Rev. Lee Hovel
Circuit Visitor Chair/Representative, Overland Park
Board of Caring Ministry
Before his retirement, Lee served Trinity in Mission and Shawnee as associate pastor for six years and senior pastor for 18 years. He also served congregations in Kirkwood, Mo., Tacoma, Washington, and York, Pa. He served on the staff of the LCMS Board of Youth Ministry after graduating from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (72-76). Lee is currently the circuit visitor for Circuit 3 North and serves as chair of the Kansas District’s circuit visitors. He has two married children, Aaron and Sarah, and four grandchildren. Lee is an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and loves to kayak.
Larry Junker is a lifelong Missouri Synod Lutheran. He was born and raised in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Early in his career, Larry worked for Sperry UNIVAC (now known as UNISYS) in St. Paul, MN. In 1979, he became the vice-president for development for St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas. After the college closed in 1986, he worked as the executive director of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce for seven plus years, then worked for IKON Office Solutions, first as a technical engineer and later as an account executive. He retired in 2006 and became the executive director of the St. John’s College Alumni Association, a part-time position he currently holds. In 2002 Larry entered the Kansas District’s Lay Leadership Program and graduated in 2004. Larry and his wife, Kristen (Spencer), have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Sue, a lifelong Lutheran, is a graduate of Concordia, Seward, where she received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in education. She also received specializations in Spanish from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas; Building Administration from Concordia, Seward; and English as a Second Language from the State of Kansas. A state-licensed educator in K-9 elementary, K-9 administration, K-12 Spanish, and K-6, 6-12 ESOL, Sue has taught at schools throughout the Midwest, including Holy Cross Lutheran School and Bethany Lutheran School, Wichita, Kansas, and Faith Lutheran School, Derby, Kansas. She has served on various synodical, district, and civic community boards and committees, including the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), adult choirs, curriculum, fund-raising, and Singles Ministry. She and her husband, Tom, are sponsors to 12 godchildren and enjoy nieces, nephews, family, friends, and traveling in God’s amazing world.
Rev. Lange served as senior pastor of St. John’s, Topeka from 1999 until 2015, when he was elected district president. He also served as first vice-president of the Kansas District from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his service in Kansas he was associate pastor of St. Paul’s in Concordia, Missouri for nine years. He is a 1984 graduate of Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois and a 1988 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he also earned an S.T.M. in New Testament studies. President Lange and his wife Marcia have four daughters.
Rev. David Meier was born in Palmer, KS and baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Palmer. Dave graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne in 1978. He presently serves at St. Paul’s, Junction City. His past parishes in Kansas include St. Matthew, Nortonville, Mt. Calvary, Marysville and St. Peter’s, Humboldt. He has served the Kansas District as secretary, 2nd vice-president, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, circuit visitor and District/Synod Support Team. Dave graduated from St. John in Winfield, Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne and Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne in 1978. He has also completed the Intentional Interim Ministry training. Dave is married to Sherry (Lietz) and they have three children: Cara and husband John Brooks and their children Kylie and Joshua, Houston, TX; Carisa of Pompano Beach, FL and Peter at KU Medical School, Salina, KS.
David is a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in McPherson, where he has served as evangelism steward, education steward and planning steward. He has also been the lead usher for the past several years. He has been a member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since his baptism. David served on the Kansas District Nominating Committee from 2009-2012 and has served on the District Board of Directors since 2012. David and his wife, Mary, have four children–Justin, Erin, Amy and Adam–and ten grandchildren. He works for Ramsey Propane/Hassman Oil in Hutchinson/McPherson, Kansas.
Tim is a member at St. John, Palmer, where his service to the church has included congregation chair, elder, Sunday School and Midweek teacher, Building Committee chair and member of the choir. He has served twice as a delegate to the Kansas District Convention and is in his third term on the District’s Board of Directors. He is a bank president, a graduate of Kansas State University and has been married to his wife Deb for over 30 years. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law. Tim enjoys being involved in community development; at present, he serves on the board of a local community foundation. In his spare time, he makes rhubarb wine using his grandfather’s recipe.
Rev. Justin Panzer was baptized into the Christian faith at Peace Lutheran Church, Greensburg and confirmed into the Christian faith at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kinsley. He is at 1996 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in education. He enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1998 and spent one year doing a seminary exchange program with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE). Upon graduation from Concordia Seminary in 2003, he accepted the call to serve Faith Lutheran, Abilene. Justin and his wife, Shelli (Schnoebelen), have two children, Eli and Grier. They enjoy the outdoors and sporting events together.
Jeremy Pera is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center, where he is a DCE (Director of Christian Education). He earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska and his M.S. from Kansas State. Jeremy has taught in Lutheran schools in Ohio and Minnesota and served the Kansas District as a District Reconciler, member of the District Family Life Committee and Youth Committee, and longtime member of the Board of Directors. He enjoys sports, music (especially singing), travel, being with family, history, and hiking, and he loves mountains and forests.
Rev. Rick Rostek was born in Terre Haute, IN, baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Ferguson, MO, and confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Charles, MO. After earning degrees in engineering and meteorology, Rick worked in the air quality consulting field for 11 years. In 1997, Rick enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Upon graduation in 2001, Rick accepted the call to Immanuel, Norton. Rick is the third vice-president of the Kansas District and a member of the Board of Stewardship. He also serves as president of the Norton CARES Advisory Board, and is the secretary of the Norton County Ministerial Alliance. Rick and his wife, Lois, have one child. Rick and his family enjoy camping and the outdoors and in recent years have traveled to such places as Redwoods National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, Carlsbad Caverns and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Rev. Schemm is currently serving as a part-time pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Emporia and fourth vice-president of the Kansas District (Region I). Pr. Schemm received an undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics and went on to graduate from Concordia Seminary in Springfield, IL. Pr. Schemm served churches in Wiota, IA; Edmond, OK; Mound Ridge, KS and was called to Christ, Topeka in 1999. He retired from full-time ministry in 2015. In his spare time, Pr. Schemm enjoys traveling and gardening.
Rich is a grain and livestock farmer and a lifelong member of Immanuel in Bremen, where he has served as a school board member, trustee, elder, Sunday School and Bible study teacher and chair of the congregation. He is also a member of the church choir and is active in the local Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) Men’s Club. Rich is a longtime member of the Kansas District Board and has served as a delegate to both the Kansas District convention and the national LCMS convention. In his community, Rich has served for many years on the local board of supervisors for the Soil Conservation District and is chairman of the Horseshoe Creek Watershed. He and his wife, Ruth, have been blessed with four children—Timothy (deceased), Amy, Kevin and William (deceased)—along with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bruce Schultz is a research scientist at Kansas State University and member of St. John Lutheran Church in Alma, where he has served as a school board member, Parent-Teacher League officer, and handbell choir member. He has a B.S. in agriculture and an M.S. in veterinary science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Ph.D. in veterinary pharmacology from Cornell University. In addition to his District Board service, Bruce has served as an advisory delegate to the Synod convention, an appointed member of the Concordia University Chicago Board of Regents, and a National Youth Gathering volunteer. He’s been active in youth development programs including 4-H and C.H.I.E.F (Christian Homes in Educational Fellowship) and is a Wabaunsee Country Fire District 8 firefighter and certified first responder. He and his wife Kathy have been married for nearly 30 years and have two children, Sara, a parish musician and deaconess, and Christian, a seminarian.
Rev. Scott Snow is a 1979 graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul and a 1983 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He served 22 years in the Northern Illinois District—15 years as a parish pastor and seven years as an executive on the district staff. Pastor Snow then served for five years at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis as the Director of Outreach for the LCMS World Mission – National Team beginning in August 2005. Since 2010, he has served as the senior pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. In 2015, he was elected as the first vice-president of the LCMS Kansas District (Region 3). He and his wife, Debra (Happel), have three children: Rebecca, Joshua and Bethany.
Lee is a member of Christ Lutheran, Overland Park, where he serves as a Sunday First Wave greeter and captain of an Offering Count Team. A lifetime LCMS member, Lee previously served Trinity Lutheran in Mission as President, Treasurer and Youth Counselor. He earned his BBA from Washburn University, a master’s degree from Kansas University and professional designations (ChFC and CLU) from the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. As a retired CPA and financial consultant, Lee now offers tax preparation and advisory services. Lee and his wife, Lorraine, who recently retired from a long career as a teacher in the Kansas District, were married in 1972; they have four married children and seven grandkids. On a historical note, Lee’s great-grandfather Henry was a founding member of St John’s Lutheran of Oberlin in 1886, with the church meeting in his three-room sod house.