President's Office

President Peter K. Lange

Rev. Lange is serving his second term as president of the Kansas District; he is also the secretary of the Synod’s Council of Presidents. He served as senior pastor of St. John’s, Topeka from 1999 until 2015 and 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.

Find out more about President Lange’s vision for the Kansas District here:

Toward a Vision for the Kansas District (2015)



2019 LCMS NATIONAL CONVENTION NEWS: President Lange Elected LCMS First Vice-President

On July 21, President Lange was elected first vice-President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He will assume his new position in St. Louis by September 1. In keeping with Kansas District bylaws, President Lange will be succeeded in office by first-vice president Rev. Justin Panzer, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Abilene. You can find Pastor Panzer’s biography on our Board of Directors page.

About the Office of District President



Supervises the doctrine, life, and administration of the rostered workers of his district

Visits the congregations of the district in his ministry of ecclesiastical supervision

  • Is to visit each congregation at least once every three years with the assistance of the circuit visitors and vice-presidents
  • Seeks to bring about to the greatest possible degree the achievement of the Synod’s objectives as expressed in Article III of its Constitution
  • Exercises ecclesiastical supervision which includes “visitation, evangelical encouragement and support, care, protection, counsel, advice, admonition, and, when necessary, appropriate disciplinary measures” (LCMS Bylaw 1.2.1[i])

Inquires into the prevailing spiritual conditions of the congregations of his district

  • Advises congregations as to the calling of ordained and commissioned ministers, gives counsel, and responds to requests and inquiries

Represents the Synod in his district

  • Causes the resolutions of the Synod to be implemented in the district
  • Serves as liaison between the congregations, district and Synod

Represents the Synod in connection with ordinations, commissionings and installations

Is the chief executive of the district

  • Is responsible for implementing the resolutions of the district


Contact Information

Peter K. Lange
785-357-4441 ext. 200

Tami Lierz
Administrative Assistant
785-357-4441 ext. 200