Who we are

The Society is a ministerium (order) of pastors who have been ordained in Lutheran churches throughout North America. Click below for a brief history and founding statement of the society.


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The rule

Each member of the society signs The Rule. The Rule are guidelines for helping members of the society be faithful to the vows they made when they were ordained.


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The society is broken into regional chapters. These 23 chapters hold annual retreats for worship, study, and mutual conversation. To find a chapter near you, please click below.


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Endowment Fund

The society is grateful to have an endowment fund to ensure our future needs are met. Click below to learn more about the the current campaign and other funds news.


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Chapters and Retreats

  • Chapter (and contact details) Retreats and Events (All interested in the Society or its work are welcome!)

  • California Chapter The Rev. Dr. Richard O. Johnson, STS, Dean (530) 273-9600 roj@nccn.net Retreats:

  • Carolinas Chapter www.stscarolinas.org The Rev. Steven Saxe, STS, Dean (864) 268-8335 lcgs1601@aol.com Retreats:

  • Chesapeake-Potomac Chapter The Rev. Andrew W. Jagow, STS, Dean (703) 765-8255 pastor@bethany-lcms.org Retreats:

  • Columbia River Chapter Washington, Oregon The Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, STS, Dean (217) 898-9063 j_w_hughes@hotmail.com Retreats: Fall Retreat of the Columbia River Chapter will be Wednesday and Thursday, November 2-3 at Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon

  • Delaware River Chapter The Rev. Jeremiah Sassaman STS, Dean (610) 657-0269 revsassaman@ptd.net Retreats:

  • Florida Chapter stsflorida.blogspot.com The Rev. Lawrence (Larry) R. Recla, STS, Dean (352) 430-1114 florida@societyholytrinity.org Retreats: Nov. 14-15, 2016: San Pedro Center, Winter Park, Fla. Mar. 13-14, 2017: San Pedro Center, Winter Park, Fla. Jun. 12-13, 2017: San Pedro Center, Winter Park, Fla. Nov. 13-14, 2017: San Pedro Center, Winter Park, Fla.

  • Great Rivers Chapter central and southern Illinois, south-western Indiana, eastern Missouri, and vicinity The Rev. James T. Lehmann, STS, Dean (217) 417-4156 jtl611@hotmail.com Retreats:

  • Guadalupe River Chapter Texas The Rev. Ralph W. Reitmeyer, STS, Dean (325) 247-4906 rwreit@aol.com Retreats:

  • Indiana Chapter The Rev. Norman E. Dew, STS, Dean (330) 209-7612 normandmari@sbcglobal.net Retreats:

  • Metro New York Chapter The Rev. Terrence L. Weber, STS, Dean (718) 821-6662 Weber1978@aol.com Retreats:

  • Minnesota Chapter The Rev. Trevor Bailey, STS, Dean (507) 430-4754 minnesota@societyholytrinity.org Retreats:December 5-6, 2016 @ Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN.

  • Central Plains (formerly Nebraska Region) Chapter The Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch, STS, Dean (308) 991-8613 prcihb@gmail.com Retreats: Pre-Advent Retreat – 1:30 pm Monday Nov. 14 – 12 N Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016 St. Benedict Retreat Center, Schuyler NE.Mid-Winter Pre-Lenten Virtual Retreat and Peer Visitation  – date in January-February 2017 TBA. Easter Season Retreat—7 PM Sunday, May 7 to 12 N Tuesday May 9, 2017.  St. Benedict Retreat Center, Schuyler NE.

  • New England Chapter The Rev. Robert P. McGurn, STS, Dean (860) 830-4871 rlmcgurn@gmail.com Retreats:

  • Northern Illinois Chapter The Rev. Keith Forni, STS, Dean (815) 600-3030 keithlforni@gmail.com Retreats:

  • Iowa-Nebraska Chapter The Rev. Gary Hatcher, STS, Dean 563-964-2764 ggh5297@icloud.com Retreats:November 14-15, 2016 February 13-14, 2017 May 8-9, 2017 November 13-14, 2017 :: All Chapter retreats are at American Martyrs Retreat House - Cedar Falls, IA

  • Northern Ohio Chapter The Rev. D. Gary Schreckengost, STS, Dean (330) 792-7462 pastorschreckengost@juno.com Retreats:

  • Passavant Chapter Western Pennsylvania The Rev. Brian Evans, STS, Dean (412) 471-8125 bae@flcpittsburgh.org Retreats:

  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Western Canada The Rev. Bradley Everett, STS, Dean (403) 276-2955 everettsts@gmail.com Retreats:

  • Sangre de Cristo Chapter Kansas, Oklahoma The Rev. Peter C. Jacobson, STS, Dean ((316) 847-1045 pjacobson@cox.net Retreats: Nov. 28-30, 2016: 36-hr retreat

  • Southern Ohio Chapter The Rev. Peter J. O. Kruse, STS, Dean (937) 882-6916 pastorkruse@mac.com Retreats:

  • Susquehanna Chapter central Pennsylvania The Rev. Kenneth Elkin, STS, Dean (570) 323-4619 pastor@stmarkswilliamsport.org Retreats:

  • Upstate New York Chapter The Rev. John E. Priest, STS, Dean (607) 746-2098 priest2@stny.rr.com Retreats:

  • Wisconsin Chapter The Rev. Timothy Duesenberg, STS, Dean (608) 386-7021 stmaximos@aol.com Retreats: Oct. 31–Nov. 1, 2016: St Norbert's Abbey, DePere, Wisc.

  • No STS Chapter near you? For more about the Society and how you may participate, please contact the Society's Senior: The Rev. Patrick J. Rooney, STS (717) 870-1154 pastorrooney@gmail.com