National Lutheran News

LCMS pastor to lead Lutheran World Relief

The leadership of Lu-theran World Relief, an agency jointly supported by the ELCA and the LCMS, has selected the Rev. John Arthur Nunes as its fourth president.

Nunes, 44, succeeds Kathryn Wolford, who re-signed last year to head the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation.

A native of Jamaica, Nunes currently wears three hats, as a professor of theology at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois; pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Chicago; and staff associate for urban ministry research at Wheat Ridge Ministries.

Nunes has earned Masters degrees from both Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), an ELCA seminary, and Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, On-tario, Canada (LCMS). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at LSTC.

Lutheran World Relief provides emergency and long-term assistance to those in developing nations on five continents. Its board is composed of members of both ELCA and LCMS at a ratio of 2-1, reflecting the relative sizes of both church bodies.