Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes Dean Manfred Brockman of Russia Tuesday, June 9 and the public is invited to hear about his ministry of reviving the church in post-Soviet Russia.
A meet and greet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the basement Fellowship Hall at 24th & Adams, followed by a fried chicken dinner. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Brockmann is from the Hamburg area of Germany. In 1992, he attended a Synod meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East (ELCUSFE) in Omsk, Russia. He believed that God had called him to serve the Lutheran Russians and Germans living in Russia who were beginning to resume worship and rebuild therir churches because of the increased religious freedoms that came about as a result of Glasnost and Perestroika in the late ’80s.
That year, Brockmann began the work of resurrecting St. Paul Lutheran Church in Vladivostok, Russia, as well as a nine other congregations throughout eastern Russia.
Brockman has served as Dean of the Far Eastern region of the ELCUSFE for 23 years. In recognition of his decades of labor aimed at furthering German-Russian relations, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2014 by the Federal Republic of Germany.
Brockman is married to Tatyana, and has two adult daughters. He is fluent in Russian, English, French and German. A skilled player of the violin, he has made St. Paul’s Lutheran Church a center of fine arts in Vladivostok by hosting organ recitals and both instrumental and choir concerts.