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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshalltown, Iowa
Saturday, October 14, 2017

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  • Click for a printable PDF.
  • 9:00 a.m.—Registration, Coffee, and Book Sales
  • 9:30 a.m.“Before All Others”: The Reformation’s Impact upon Marriage
    Presenter: Pastor Jonathan Conner
  • 10:45 a.m.“Priests in Their Home”: The Reformation’s Impact upon Parenthood
    Presenter: Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson [Click for PDF Handout]
  • Noon—Lunch and Book Sales
  • 1:00 p.m.“The Singing Church”: The Reformation’s Impact upon Church Music
    (This session will include congregational sing alongs.)
    Presenter and Organist: Dr. J. Gordon Christensen
    Assistant Organist: Mr. Timothy Conner
  • 2:30 p.m.—Panel Discussion

About the Presenters

Pastor Jonathan Conner, a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, also earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran in Manning, Iowa, and Vice President of the Hausvater Project. His passion is to proclaim Christ—from the pulpit, in Bible class, and through online devotional articles.

Dr. J. Gordon Christensen is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He holds three of four earned certificates in the American Guild of Organists as well as memberships in the Music Educators National Convention, the Orff Schulwerk Association, the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson chairs the History Department at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. His books include Telling the Next Generation, Studying Luther’s Large Catechism, and Rediscov­ering the American Republic. As the founding president of the Hausvater Project, he encourages fathers to lead their families in home devotions.

Mr. Timothy Conner, age 13, son of Pastor Jonathan Conner, treasures music. Beginning piano lessons in 2010, Timothy added the French horn and organ in 2015. As a student of Dr. J. Gordon Christensen, Timothy (at age 12) became the youngest individual in the American Guild of Organist’s 120 year history to be awarded the Service Playing Certificate.


This conference is offered free of charge. We welcome donations to assist us in covering the necessary costs.

(Registration is now closed.)


Redeemer Lutheran Church
1600 S. Center St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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