The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Childless parents with children

Though Katarina and Jan Valent have no children, they feel far from childless. Jan Valent explains: "The children in our congregation call us 'Mom' and 'Dad.' We see these young people as our very own children." This cordial, stocky 55-year-old pastor has established himself as a minor Christian author. His latest book of poetry features portraits of these "children."

But the couple's tranquil life in the village of Kysac has ended abruptly. On June 28 the national synod elected Valent bishop of the Slovak Evangelical Church in Yugoslavia. He succeeds Andrej Beredi, who died of cancer May 22. Valent was officially inaugurated as bishop July 21 and moved to the nearby bishop's seat in Novi Sad.

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