LCMS reelects its president

Kieschnick holds on
The incumbent president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has been reelected to another three-year term—essentially ending a long debate over his backing of a New York minister who took part in a post–September 11 event that some church leaders said violated LCMS rules against participation in interfaith and ecumenical services.

Some members of the 2.5-million-member denomination had thought Gerald B. Kieschnick should be ousted from his position after he supported the participation of David Benke in the nationally televised ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

But by winning 52.8 percent of the vote at last month’s triennial convention in St. Louis, Kieschnick defeated a principal opponent in the controversy, Daniel Preus, who had 31 percent, and three other candidates. Preus also was defeated in his run to keep his first vice presidential seat by William Diekelman, a district president from Owasso, Oklahoma.


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