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Rev. David Maier, Pat Maier & Joel Maier

Featured on Woman to Woman on January 01, 2011.

Rev. David Maier is the president of the Michigan District for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Maier completed his bachelor's degree from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a double major in Biblical languages and Christian doctrine; he completed his master's degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. Following his ordination in 1982, he served as mission pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Marlette, Mich., and later as youth pastor and interim head pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Arlington Heights, Ill. In 1989, he was called to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Lansing, Mich. as administrative/senior pastor. In that position, he transitioned the congregation and school to a brand-new facility on a 30-acre campus in 2008. The following year in June he was elected president of the Michigan District, LCMS. Previously, he served the Michigan District as a circuit counselor and vice-president.
Maier has been a frequent speaker at youth retreats and men's gatherings and has served numerous times as dean at Camp Arcadia, Mich. In May 2010 he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his undergraduate alma mater.
Maier married his wife, Patricia, on July 19, 1980, after which he served his vicarage year at West Portal Lutheran Church and School in San Francisco, Calif. He is the son of Dr. Walter A. Maier, Jr. and Leah Maier of Fort Wayne; he is the grandson of Walter A. Maier, the first Speaker of The Lutheran Hour.

Patricia Maier has served the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in many professional roles. She obtained a bachelor's degree in education from Concordia College in River Forest, Ill. After her graduation she began teaching at her elementary alma mater, Trinity Lutheran School in Monroe, Mich., alongside teachers who had taught her.
Maier has taught at various Lutheran schools, worked as a vacation Bible school coordinator, Sunday school leader, music teacher and choir director at churches where her husband, David, has served as pastor. In addition to these capacities, she has worked with special needs students and in the public school system.
Creative challenges such as design and artwork (making banners, painting Christmas ornaments, designing and making Ukrainian Easter eggs, and doing illustrations per individual request) are great interests for Maier. She is also fond of writing (penning Children's Christmas programs, musicals, and words to songs for special celebrations).
Through her experiences as a support person for a father, husband, and son with cancer, Maier has learned what it means to live one day at a time and depend on the Lord for strength each day as it comes.

Despite his life-changing experience with a cancerous brain tumor at the beginning of his junior year in high school -- and the nearly two years of surgery and treatment that followed -- Joel Maier graduated with honors with his class from Holt High School in Holt, Mich. Thereafter, he attended Lansing Community College in Lansing for two years before beginning studies in the Family Life Program at Concordia University in Ann Arbor.
Maier graduated from Concordia University summa cum laude. At that school he received the Distinguished Scholar Award for the Child Life Department. Most recently, he has completed his final internship in the field of Child Life at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
As a team leader and speaker at Relay For Life, Maier has worked on staff at Camp Arcadia, Arcadia, Mich., a Lutheran teen and family camp. Additionally, he has volunteered as a counselor at Camp Make-A-Dream in Gold Creek, Mont. -- the Make-A-Wish Foundation's national camp; Camp Quality in Fenton, Mich., a camp for children with cancer; and Camp Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C., a Paul Newman Hole In the Wall Gang Camp.
As a Child Life Specialist, Maier will work to help normalize the hospital experience for seriously ill children by helping them cope with the challenges they will be facing. He will offer support to parents and siblings as well.
Maier is the second child and first-born son of David and Pat.

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