2023 St. Mark’s Conference

The Praying Church
April 24-25, 2022


The Saint Mark’s Conference concerns the confessional, sacramental, and liturgical life of the Church of the Augsburg Confession.

“What could the church do? What could it do in those last years of Jerusalem to solve the problem of Palestine, which the world’s political leaders have been trying in vain for centuries to do? What could the church do to stop the ruin of the Roman Empire and of the inestimable treasures of ancient culture? Instead of holding world conferences and having endless debates about the boundaries between church and culture, it went on praying without ceasing and sang the Te Deum on the debris of a world that was coming to an end. None of its prayers were in vain.” – Hermann Sasse, Sanctorum Communio (1974)

The Rev. Kurt Reinhardt will address the topic: Is Christian prayer ever private? It’s always personal but we never pray alone. A native of Ottawa and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catherines, Pastor Reinhardt has served since 1999 as Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church in Kurtzville, near Listowel, Ontario. He is the author of My Light and My Salvation, a collection of poetry that aims to be both ecumenical and evangelistic in its scope.

The Rev. Stefan Gramenz and the Rev. Evan Scamman will report on The Lutheran Missal Project. This project has involved extensive research of both Latin missals and 16th Lutheran Church Orders. Pastor Gramenz graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Concordia University, Mequon, and from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Since 2018 he has been Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Pawling, New York. Pastor Scamman  Pastor Scamman graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, and from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Since 2018 he has been Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Rev. Roy Axel Coats will speak on Providence and Prayer in Martin Chemnitz. Pastor Coats has served at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore since 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He then attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, completing his studies before being called to serve Redeemer Church. Pastor Coats is on the board of the Wyneken Project and is active in the Maryland Chapter of Lutherans for Life.

Additionally, we will have:

The Rev. Eric Bednash
Pastor of Saint James Lutheran Church
Baltimore, Maryland
Preacher at Divine Service

Rev. Kevin Barron
Pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church
Baltimore, Maryland
Preacher at Divine Service

Rev. J. Thomas Foelber
Visitor of Circuit 3
Baltimore, Maryland
Preacher at Vespers

The Rev. Brian Westgate
Pastor of Saint Paul’s Church, Kouts, Indiana
Conference Organist

The conference will begin with Divine Service at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 24 and end with Prayer for Travelers the afternoon of Tuesday, April 25.

The Saint Mark’s Conference concerns the confessional, sacramental, and liturgical life of the Church of the Augsburg Confession. It is hosted by Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland and is open to interested clergy and laity.

Registration information and detailed conference schedule coming soon.