The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hartke to head LIRS

Linda Hartke, the new president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, "has the demonstrated skills and experience to enable LIRS to build on its firm foundation and bring a new dimension to our efforts to 'welcome the stranger,' " said Elaine Richter Bryant, outgoing LIRS board chair.

Hartke succeeds Ralston H. Deffenbaugh Jr., who resigned Sept. 1.

Previously she served as executive director of the Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and as director of programs and operations for Church World Service.


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