Office of Chaplaincy Services
Bishop Eliott Cruz, Director
This office was established for the training and credentialing of Hospital Chaplains affiliated with The Lutheran Orthodox Church as well as those seeking other institutional chaplaincy positions endorsed by The LOC.
A hospital chaplain is a highly specialized minister and must be well trained and proficient in more than just pastoral ministry. This department not only verifies the accredited educational background of the candidate, it also implements the ongoing training and continuing educational requirements of chaplains so that wherever an LOC chaplain is commissioned, the hiring organization as well as the public can be assured of the finest, most well qualified personnel available.
This department has the responsibility to ensure that each registered chaplain meets all CPE educational requirements as required not only by this denomination but also by outside accrediting agencies.
Inquiries can be made by email here
Office of Educational Standards and Services
Bishop Michael Layne, Director
This office was developed to ensure a consistant educational level is provided for all ministers of The LOC and for the continuing educational needs of today's clergy. This office will assist those who seek credentials of ministry but do not currently meet the educational requirements of this denomination in attaining the acceptable level of college and post graduate studies. This program is specifically for those who have or seek credentials with the Lutheran Orthodox Church.
The Randy G Wagoner Memorial Chair
Dr Michael Layne
What is The Randy G Wagoner Memorial Chair?
Randy G. Wagoner was one of the Founders of The Lutheran Orthodox Church. He served admirably until his untimely and unexpected passing in April of 2014. During his time as Executive Vice President he humbly and quietly went about the business of serving The Lord, caring for his family, and acting as Chief Spiritual Counselor to the Bishops of The Lutheran Orthodox Church. His Biblical counsel, his wit, humor and wisdom were most welcome and at times most definitely needed. He is a man of God who will truly be missed and whose influence on the Lutheran Orthodox Church will be felt for all time.
We felt it fitting and appropriate to remember this wonderful, humble man of God by keeping his contributions to the LOC alive in memory by creating The Randy G Wagoner Memorial Chair. The person who holds this seat is a person who best exemplifies the Christian attributes of our friend Randy and who can continue his legacy of offering sound and Scriptural counsel to the Bishops and members of the LOC when they need guidance in matters of faith, and encouragement. It is our honor to seat The Reverend Mike Layne as first holder of The Randy G Wagoner memorial Chair, to serve as Chief Spiritual Counselor to the Bishops of The LOC.