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Emeriti Pastors Conference 2023

September 5, 2023 - September 6, 2023
Frankenmuth, MI

The theme of the 2023 Emeriti Conference is Biblical Perspective on People, Places, and Practices. We will focus on two fronts: biblical culture and our waning and waxing years.

“Culture” encompasses values, beliefs, symbols, norms, and patterns of behavior that are under constant change, just as they were in biblical times. Biblical cultural changes give us insight into what we are enduring presently.

We will also peer into grieving as we age and how our culture is changing significantly. As we age, we wane and lose much, but we also gain much in the untapped waxing devotion to God’s holy and precious Word and the insights, comfort, and strength with which He gifts us.

Join us on September 5–6 in Frankenmuth to enjoy fellowship and learn from our speakers, Rev. Dr. Chad Foster and Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer.

When & Where


September 5, 2023 - September 6, 2023

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734
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Rev. Dr. Chad Foster

The Rev. Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster is a Jewish pastor in the Lutheran Church, as well as an ordained rabbi. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Immanuel, Macomb. Dr. Foster has studied at the Azamra Institute in Jerusalem and the Israel Bible Center in Ramat Gan. In addition, he has an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., a D.Min. from Trinity Theological Seminary in partnership with the University of Liverpool, and Post-Doctorate studies in Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Some of his areas of specialty include first-century discipleship in the Galilee; connecting the Torah to the Messiah; Jewish mysticism and Rabbinical thought; and the Festivals/Feasts of the Bible. Current classes and online archives of courses and teachings are available at www.immlutheran.org/teaching


Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer

Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer is president emeritus and professor emeritus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He earned his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary (1973), followed by M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis (1974, 1986). He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1993). Meyer served congregations in Illinois, taught as a guest instructor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. (CSL) at various times, was third vice-president of the LCMS (1995–1998), and served as a speaker on The Lutheran Hour (1989–2001), as well as host of the television show On Main Street. He rejoined the CSL faculty in 2001 and became president in 2005, from where he retired in 2020. Meyer has been speaking, writing, and preaching for more than 40 years. His areas of interest and study include 1 Peter, the church in a changing culture, and the Sabbath applied to life today.


Mrs. Brooke Orozco

Brooke graduated from Concordia University Ann Arbor with a major in Music Performance and a minor in German. She has served the Lutheran Church for 25 years in the areas of Worship and Music and as a speaker and/or music contributor to various events such as the LWML convention last summer, Camp Arcadia Women’s Retreats, Next Step Press Workshops, and The Katie (Pastors’ Wives Conference). From 2012–2014, Brooke and her family served as missionaries in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Upon their return to the United States, they began a mission site near St. Johns, Mich. to reach underserved Hispanics working on dairy farms and/or migrating with crops. In 2019, the family moved to Flint, where Brooke currently serves full-time at New Life Community Lutheran Church in the areas of music/worship and children/youth.


Registration is now closed.

Deadline to register is August 8, 2023.

Registration Costs:
Emeriti Pastors: $50/person
Wives & Widows of pastors: $0

Additional costs: Hotel room: $50

Compassion Ministry

In support of the Michigan District Critical Targets, specifically Great Compassion Ministry, The Emeriti Conference has partnered with The Luke Clinic.

General Wish List Items that will be collected at the conference in-gathering:

Towels and Wash Cloth Sets  |  Receiving Blankets  |  Baby Wipes  |  Pajamas (Newborn – 6 months)

Sleep Sacks  |  Pacifiers  |  Socks (Newborn – 6 months)  |  Bibs  |  Diapers (Newborn – 6 months)

Amazon Wish Lists: The Luke Clinic

There will be a donation box available at registration to place items or you can ship items directly to them via their Amazon Wish Lists.

Additional Information






Immanuel, Macomb


  • Provide a 2-day conference for retired pastors, wives, and widows to be informed on various subjects to help them to grow spiritually, socially, and emotionally.
  • Help retired pastors, wives, and widows to gather and to enjoy much needed fellowship and to spiritually and emotionally up-build and renew one another in Christ.
  • Provide a setting for retired pastors, wives, and widows to gather to share life experiences and support one another in Christ.