The Panzo’s in Mission

Update about the DRC and the Confessional Lutheran Church

During the month of August, the condition of the country was in bad shape as they experienced multiple situations of unrest, robbery, kidnapping, and killing. One of the Lutheran pastor’s houses was stormed by insurgents and the entire household was killed. Some church leaders suffered the same consequence on the center-eastern side of the country.

The church opened its doors for worship on August 23, 2020, and the majority of members came back after a long break due to Coronavirus. The church lost few members during the pandemic, but pastors praised God. As doors are open for worship, they are also conducting door-to-door visits for discipleship.

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Unveiled – Steve Bell

Steve Bell is a songwriter, storyteller, and troubadour for our time. Over the course of a 30 year solo career, he has been sharing a message of love, hope and faith through songs, stories, and writings. He is a purveyor of truth and beauty and champion of kindness, on a focused mission for “refreshing Christian faith and spiritual tradition for the weary and the wary.” He is a mentor to many, and an advocate of numerous meaningful causes.

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Unveiled – The Rev. Todd Cook

The Rev. Todd Cook is serving at Miller’s Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina. After serving our country for more than 20 years in the US Air Force, Todd felt God’s call for him to enter the ministry. He attended seminary, graduating in 2017, and was called to Miller’s as his first call. He and his wife Wendy have 2 boys, Ross and John.

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Unveiled – The Rev. Susan Fox

The Rev. Susan Fox serves First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgway, Pennsylvania.  Pastor Fox graduated from National College of Business, Rapid City, South Dakota; Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota; Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.  

Before entering Word and Sacrament ministry, Pastor Fox spent 25 years in the business world, serving as an administrative assistant to presidents, vice-presidents, and treasurers. She has experience working with the needs, challenges, and expectations of boards of directors.  She is also a former high school business/computer science teacher.

In ministry, Pastor Fox has served both four-point and three-point parishes, working well with each congregation’s leadership team. Currently, she serves on the In-Tents Lutheran Camp Board and the NALC’s Renewal Team.

Pastor Fox also enjoys gardening, cooking/baking, genealogy, quilting, swimming, camping, and spending time with her five children and nine grandchildren.

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Unveiled – The Rev. Tony Ede

The Rev. Tony Ede graduated from Waldorf College, where he earned an associate of arts in electronic communications and a bachelor of arts in multimedia communications. Graduating from Luther Seminary in 2006, Tony worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the homiletics department, helping to teach classes on using media and technology in worship and preaching.  Pastor Ede has served at Bethany Lutheran Churches in the Danish Village of Kimballton, Iowa; as the teaching pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Webster City, Iowa; and currently serves as the senior pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran in Manchester, Iowa. As part of his commitment to lifelong learning, Tony earned an MBA in 2017 from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, with a concentration in organizational development. Following a long family tradition, Tony is a nationally certified firefighter and EMT and has used these skills to serve in the community, as well as in disaster response statewide. Tony was married to LeAnn at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton, Iowa, on August 17th, 2002. They have three sons that keep them busy: Carver, Liam, and Burke.

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