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Sturdevant, Manz featured on Annual Dinner Program

Newspaper writer will keynote, noted church musician to get Gold Pen Award

A long-time writer and reporter for the Minneapolis Star
Tribune newspaper will key-note the Metro Lutheran
Annual Dinner Sunday, October 16, at Mount Olivet
Lutheran Church in southwest Minneapolis.
Lori Sturdevant has been an editorial writer for
Minnesota’s largest daily newspaper since 2000. She
began her career with the paper after graduating from
the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in
Sturdevant, who accepted the invitation to speak while
in Spain, told Metro Lutheran, “I’ll accept this
assignment as long as you let me talk about Elmer
Andersen.” Sturdevant edited Andersen’s
autobiography, A Man’s Reach. Ander-sen was a
popular moderate Governor of Minnesota whom
Sturdevant came to admire and respect.
Paul Manz will receive the Gold Pen Award in
recognition of his unique contribution to Gospel
communication in the Lutheran Church and beyond. He
has now retired, following a distinguished career as
church recitalist, composer, teacher and worship
During his 47-year tenure as minister of music, and
later cantor, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, south
Minneapolis, Manz restored a reformation custom, the
hymn festival, which under his leadership became
widely popular across the U.S. and beyond.
Manz is also well known for his hymn improvisations,
many of which are available on CD recordings.
He taught at Concordia College (now University), St.
Paul, Minnesota, as well as at Lutheran School of
Theology at Chicago.
Ticket information for the 2005 Annual Dinner will be
published in late summer.