John H. K. Schreiber, bishop of the ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod, died Aug. 16 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. He was 47.
“Bishop John Schreiber’s ministry was centered in Jesus — Jesus’ love for John that began in Baptism and John’s love for Jesus that led John into the ministry of Word and Sacrament,” said Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop . This, Hanson said, gave Schreiber “a passion to proclaim the gospel and invite all to come and follow Jesus, together working for justice, peace and reconciliation. That commitment was reflected in Bishop Schreiber’s tireless work for racial reconciliation, his advocacy for a lasting just peace in the Middle East and his deep desire that as a church we exemplify God’s gift of unity in diversity.
“Bishop Schreiber’s love for the people of the Southeast Michigan Synod was reflected in his attentive listening, his reaching out to all, and in his recognition that a community facing great economic challenges needs to hear the hope of the gospel,” Hanson said.
Ordained in 1987, Schreiber had a master of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He served as pastor of Olivet Lutheran Church, Detroit, until 1993, when he became an assistant to the bishop, Southeast Michigan Synod.
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