SMP Students Complete Courses at CTSFW

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Rev. Timothy Sallach and Mrs. Sandra Sallach

Congratulations and God’s blessings to the men who have completed their studies in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, and were recognized during the morning chapel service on November 8, 2016. The SMP Program is a distance-education program designed to meet the need to train pastors in context for ministry and mission opportunities in the church.

“We take wholesome Christian pride in these men and the ways God uses them in His kingdom,” said the
Rev. Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II, director of Pastoral Formation Programs at CTSFW. “We stress that our SMP students are an important part of the total effort of CTSFW to prepare men for the Office of the Holy Ministry. They study for four years, much of their coursework by distance, but also coming on campus each fall for an intensive, residential course as well. Now having completed the SMP Program,
these men will continue under the supervision of a general ministry pastor, serving for the most part in callings that could not otherwise be filled by an ordained man.”

Completing the SMP Program are:

  • Michael W. Dixon, SMP pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Corinth, Mississippi, Southern District
  • Nathan D. Erb, SMP assistant pastor, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Garden City, New York, Atlantic District
  • Jeffrey E. Meinz, SMP pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Rocky Mountain District
  • Roney C. Riley, SMP pastor, Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Forest Park, Illinois, Northern Illinois District
  • Timothy L. Sallach, SMP pastor, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Burnett, Wisconsin, South Wisconsin District
  • Steven F. Scharnell, SMP associate pastor, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, South Wisconsin District
  • Robert G. Scott, SMP pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Grand Blanc, Michigan, Michigan District
  • Gleason G. W. Snashall, SMP pastor, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Diego, California, Pacific Southwest District

To learn more about the SMP Program at CTSFW, go to or connect with our Admission team at or 800.481.2155.

Photo: Dr. Carl Fickenscher with Rev. Timothy Sallach and Mrs. Sandra Sallach. The other men completing their studies were unable to be on campus for the service.