Speakers

Paul J. Grime is dean of the Chapel and professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at CTSFW. He served as executive director for the LCMS Commission on Worship from 1996 to 2007. During that time, he was project director for Hymnal Supplement 98 and Lutheran Service Book. Prior to his service on the Commission, he served eight years as senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Allis, Wisconsin.

Grime has music degrees from Valparaiso University (B.Mus.) and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (M.Mus.). His theology degrees are from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (M.Div., S.T.M.), and Marquette University (Ph.D.).

Kevin J. Hildebrand serves as kantor at CTSFW and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. A graduate of Concordia University Chicago, he also has Master’s degrees in Music and Theology from the University of Michigan and Concordia Theological Seminary, respectively.

Hildebrand is a frequent recitalist and hymn festival presenter, as well as an active composer whose works are published by Concordia Publishing House and MorningStar Music Publishers. He is currently editing Concordia Publishing House’s 12-volume Hymn Prelude Library.

John Hrehov is the chair and professor of the Department of Fine Arts at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). He holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Hrehov has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. His awards include the Gladys Emerson Cook Prize in the Area of Prints, Drawings and Pastel (167th Annual Exhibition National Academy of Design, NYC) and Eastman-Bolton Memorial Award (Cleveland Institute of Art). His work has been featured and reviewed in various publications including Art in America, American Artist Magazine, Louisville Courier-Journal and The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Matthew A. Machemer is associate kantor at CTSFW. He has served parishes in Illinois and Michigan, most recently as kantor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Hartland, Michigan. He is a 2007 graduate of Concordia University Chicago and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in theology through CTSFW.

Machemer is active as a composer, with music available through Concordia Publishing House and Liturgy Solutions.

Jonathan D. Rudy most recently won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, the Guild’s premiere organ competition. He was also a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne.

Rudy is a graduate of Valparaiso University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University. There he studies organ with Janette Fishell, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, and is pursuing minors in Music Theory and Choral Conducting.

Kelly Schumacher is a 2013 Master of Fine Arts graduate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Schumacher founded Agnus Dei Liturgical Arts in Saint Louis, with the intent of bringing traditional oil painting and other art work that illustrate the Gospel back into the Church. Her artwork was featured on Christmas cards from the LCMS International Center and radio station KFUO. She is currently illustrating a religious children's book to be published in 2016.

Stephen P. Starke is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church Amelith in Bay City, Michigan. He is a graduate of Concordia University Ann Arbor, Concordia University Chicago and CTSFW. He has also served as pastor in Chicago and Connecticut.

One of the Church’s foremost hymnwriters, Starke served as the chairman of the Hymnody Committee for Lutheran Service Book. He has received honorary degrees from Concordia University Irvine and Concordia Seminary St. Louis in recognition of his work in the Church’s hymnody. A collection of 122 of his hymn texts, O Sing of Christ, is published by Concordia Publishing House.

Gene Edward Veith is the author or editor of 24 books on topics involving Christianity and culture, classical education, literature and the arts, including Postmodern Times, The State of the Arts and The Spirituality of the Cross.

In 2015, Dr. Veith retired after serving as provost, interim president and professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College. He served previously as the culture editor of World Magazine. He was on the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin for 19 years. In addition, he also serves as the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.