Rev. Dr. Steven Schumacher (right) speaks during the ILC’s 2022 World Conference in Kenya.
Rev. Dr. Steven Schumacher.

WORLD – The International Lutheran Council (ILC) is expressing thanks for the service of Rev. Dr. Steven Schumacher, who recently entered into full retirement at the end of January 2024.

Dr. Schumacher served the ILC as Chief Accreditation Officer. During his tenure, he helped investigate the possibility of the ILC establishing an accreditation agency to assist emerging seminaries and theological institutions.

“We thank Dr. Schumacher for leading the ILC through this important process,’ said ILC General Secretary Klaus Detlev Schulz. “One of the ILC’s priorities is to encourage member churches in the development of theological curricula that form future pastors and church workers with a sound commitment to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Dr. Schumacher played an important role in that work, and we are grateful for his service in support of theological education worldwide.”

With the conclusion of Dr. Schumacher’s work, the ILC’s Board of Directors has entered a period of renewed consideration of how best to support confessional Lutheran theological education going forward.