30 Dec 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – LDA Students

As we wind down this year of celebrating our 100 years of history, we also look forward to what God has in store in the next 100 years.  Our students are our future.  They come from many places and bring varied and valuable gifts to our...
23 Dec 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deacon David Rojas-Martinez

The following is excerpted from Deacon David's remarks given at the LDA's Centennial Banquet on November 8, 2019. When I arrived on Valparaiso University’s campus eight years ago, I had recently encountered the life-giving Jesus in a...
16 Dec 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – How to Make Deaconess [and Deacon] Work Better Known

As we near the end of our centennial year, the challenge before us is similar to the challenge at the beginning of our organization - how do we spread the word about the LDA and encourage all people in their baptismal call to service? The...
9 Dec 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – The Community of Lutheran Deacons

Within the context of expanding the diversity of ministry, and seeking to be flexible and responsive to the needs of church and world, the Lutheran Deaconess Association found itself confronted with a new opportunity, the establishment of...
2 Dec 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Johnna Georgia

Historically, deaconess students were required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, along with taking classes in deaconess studies.  As the educational requirements adapted to the changing demographics of the LDA, students who had...
18 Nov 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – LDA Leadership

The following article was written and compiled by Deaconess Diane Greve The social norms of our society often inform our own worldview.  The LDA has known the impact of social changes over these 100 years as the role of women in...
11 Nov 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Marilyn Kelso

This story was presented at the LDA’s Centennial Banquet on Friday, November 8, 2019, written by Marilyn and read by Deaconess Eva Schindhelm. While Marilyn Kelso has lived most of her life in Wisconsin, Marilyn Schulz grew up in...
4 Nov 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – LORD, WHOSE LOVE IN HUMBLE SERVICE: A Brief History of Lutheran Deaconesses and Music

The following article was written by Deaconess Dawn Riske, with input from Deaconesses Robie Hillhouse and Edie Eickemeyer It has been overheard: “Oh, I wanted to be a Lutheran Deaconess, but I didn’t think I could.  I don’t sing...
28 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Diaconal Education & Formation

The following article was written by Deaconess Diane Marten. How do you become a deaconess or deacon? How does the LDA prepare people for diaconal ministry? Well, there’s history and context to that question. Throughout early...
23 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby

The following article was written by Deaconess Edie Eickemeyer, with input from "my classmates, more seasoned deaconesses, a couple of theology department colleagues of Professor Korby, the wife of a former theology professor, the...