Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry
Pastor Perry Fruhling is the Coordinator for Pastoral Ministries for LCMC. Perry administers the certification process for pastors and seminarians who desire to be rostered with LCMC. Along with developing call committee coaching, he leads workshops for call committees across the country. Perry relates to the Ministry Board which develops leadership events, relates to seminaries, and oversees our list of pastors serving in many different capacities. He hopes to use his training in conflict resolution to assist congregations and pastors in creating healthy relationships in leadership and congregational life.
Perry grew up in Champaign County, IL, the son of farmers and dedicated servants in the local church. His home church, Immanuel Lutheran of Flatville, IL, was once dubbed “the largest rural Protestant congregation in America” with a rich heritage of pastors in ministry. Perry attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, including a year as exchange student with Augustana Hochschule, in Neuendettelsau, Germany.
Perry has served congregations in Texas (Zion Lutheran in Fredericksburg) and in Iowa (Bethany Lutheran, Thompson; Immanuel Lutheran in Independence; and St. Mark’s Lutheran, Marion). Perry brings his experience with congregations of many different sizes to this position, as well as his training, background and passion for the Church of Jesus Christ.
Perry and his wife, Marlys, met in the Wartburg College Choir and have been married since June, 1985. They live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They have three children: Chantal, 26, in Cedar Rapids; Ashley, 23, in Atlanta, GA; and Caleb, 20, attending the University of Iowa. The family enjoys music (all the kids are involved in some level of worship leadership at various churches and ministries), traveling, card and board games, and the Chicago Cubs (along with other sports teams as well as playing sports recreationally).