Rev. Dr.  Andrew H. Bartelt was the speaker for the 2017 Reformation Service at Town and Country Lutheran Church in Sacramento on Sunday, October 29th.

Dr. Bartelt is the Gustav and Sophie Butterbach Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 1978, Bartelt is professor of Exegetical Theology (Old Testament).  His areas of interest and expertise include the Hebrew language, Prophets (Isaiah), Hebrew poetry and biblical theology.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1991) and Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary (1976). He also holds a master’s degree (1977) and bachelor’s degree (1973) from Cambridge University, England, and a bachelor’s degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1971).

Bartelt teaches and has published in the areas of “First Testament” theology, interpretation and proclamation, especially in prophetic literature and poetry. He has taught and lectured extensively on theological education, pastoral formation, and issues of church and ministry.

He is the author of The Book around Immanuel: Style and Structure in Isaiah 2-12 (Eisenbrauns) and co-author of Fundamental Biblical Hebrew/Fundamental Biblical Aramaic with Andrew E. Steinmann (Concordia Publishing House, CPH). He is currently working on the Isaiah 1-39 volumes of the Concordia Commentary series with Seminary Professor Dr. Paul Raabe.

In addition to his Seminary work, Bartelt serves as vice chair of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations and on the LCMS Specific Ministry Pastor committee. He has served the Association of Theological Schools as an accreditation evaluator and as chair of the Chief Academic Officers Society.

He and his wife, Lucy, have three married daughters and two grandchildren. He enjoys a round of golf when he can.

To view his sermon, "A Sure and Mighty Fortress:  God's 'Little' Word", click here.

Videos of several previous years are available for your viewing:

Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, served as speaker for the 71st Annual Service in 2016.  For more on this, click here.  

Dr. Gregory Seltz, Speaker of The Lutheran Hour, served as speaker for the 70th Annual Service in 2015.  For more on this,  click here.

Dr. Lawrence Rast Jr., President of Concordia Theological Seminary, served as speaker for the 69th Annual Service in 2014.  For more on this,  click here.

Dr. Paul L Maier, a son of the first Lutheran Hour speaker and much published author, served as speaker for the 68th Annual Service in 2013.  For more on this, click here.

 CNH District Donors Support LHM in India

Second only to China in number, India is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population. Covering 3.3 million square miles, India is roughly one-third the size of the United States. Religion in India is very diverse and practiced freely in public. Hinduism is the predominant religion in India, practiced by 80 percent of the populace. Muslims comprise about 10 percent, Christians about 3 percent, with Sikhs and others the remainder. At least 90 percent of the Christian population emerges from the lower castes, very few are from the hard to reach upper castes. India has now surpassed China as the nation with the fastest growing Christian population.  Since 1951, Lutheran Hour Ministries has taken on the challenge of spreading the Good News to thousands of Indian people. The Lutheran Hour Ministries - India office has an online blog where you can get the latest information about their activities, and also has online newsletters.  Several are available by clicking on these links:  October 2014, February 2015, June 2015, October 2015, February 2016, June 2016, and October 2016

In 2007, our district undertook a fund raising effort to provide "Bibles for India".  Our goal was to raise funds for the printing of 5000 Bibles in the local languages so the Christian Media Centre, as our office in India is known, could provide free Bibles to those who requested them.  The supply of Bibles from this original project was soon exhausted, so we continued to raise funds for this purpose and were able to provide another $10,000 in 2012.

Next, in 2013 and 2014, our district took on the project, under the leadership of Trinity Lutheran Church in Paso Robles, of raising funds for the Christian Media Centre in India to provide wells for clean water in remote villages.  We raised $14,850.27 for this project from many donors.  Thank you to all who donated.

In October, 2014, LHM India posted an update to this project online.  They have also provided a short video taken at one of the wells.  Pastor David, the director of LHM-India provided the following update in January 2015, including the translation of what the plaques shown on the wells say:

By God’s grace we have completed 7 Bore wells in different villages. Everywhere we construct the bore wells, we see the joy of people and their gratitude while they use the bore well. Every village convey their greetings to all of you in the LHM/CNH District and also to the young boy Luke for your generocity in sharing the love with the under privileged brothers and sisters living in the villages in India.

We hope to complete the project with another two or three bore wells in the near future. In every bore well we put the name plate which reads “Christian Media Centre” (the curved line at the top), donated by Vaan Malar (The Indian identity for the Lutheran Hour programs in Tamil language), at the bottom is Chennai – 18, September 2014.

CNH District Student Financial Aid Available

The Herb Rourke Scholarship Endowment Fund is one source of funding to help students from our district pursue higher education. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance grants to ministerial or teacher candidates from our geographical area preparing to enter the full time ministerial or teaching professions in approved Lutheran programs. To be eligible for a grant, the candidate must be admitted to and diligently pursue an approved course of study at a seminary or college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

To request a grant from the Herb Rourke Scholarship Endowment Fund please click here for the application forms. Be sure to have all sections completed, including that by the college or seminary, and then send all completed forms in time to be received before July 1st to: Herb Rourke Scholarships, 1014 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590-6307. Applications are processed prior to the start of the fall quarter.  For more information, you can contact us at