Thank you Glenice

Many people across Australia and New Zealand will have fond memories of hearing Glenice Hartwich share stories from LCA International Mission’s partner churches and will have captured her joy and love for Jesus.

Glenice has been Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission since 2016, having served as LCA Program Officer in international mission from 2006 and as Acting Mission Director in 2015. Her church service began in 1973, when she went to Papua New Guinea as a deaconess.

After training at the then Lutheran Teachers College in North Adelaide, and spending three years in PNG (as Glenice Heinrich before her marriage), Glenice worked at former LCA printer, publisher and retailer Lutheran Publishing House, with the Lutheran Tract Mission and, concurrently, the LLL.

She also worked in youth and family ministry at St John’s Lutheran Church, Unley, in South Australia.

An accredited lay worker, she has also served in many voluntary roles on committees, councils, teams and taskforces, at congregational, district and churchwide levels over many years.

Pastor Neville Otto formerly worked with Glenice when he held the concurrent roles of LCA Secretary of the Church and LCA Mission Director for five years from 2009. ‘Glenice is a joy to walk alongside in serving in God’s harvest field’, Pastor Neville said.

‘She has represented the LCA with distinction and is regarded by our partner churches in PNG, South-East Asia, North America, and Europe as a true partner in the gospel. I feel privileged to have been taught by her and walked with her in service.’

Glenice retired this month as Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission and was succeeded by Pastor Matt Anker.

Reprinted with kind permission of The Lutheran. Visit the website to find out more about The Lutheran or to subscribe.

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