|Pastor Ron Friedrich
Rev. Friedrich has been Pastor of Christ
Lutheran Church of the Deaf and a chaplain at Gallaudet University
Ron previously served in Deaf ministry in
Illinois and Texas. He also was an instructor in
the the Dallas Community College interpreter training program, was
president of the North Central Texas Registry of Interpreters for the
Deaf, served as pastoral advisor to the International Lutheran Deaf
Association, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Lutheran
Deaf Mission Society.
trained for Deaf ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis,
Missouri. Part of his early preparation brought him to the
Gallaudet graduate school. Little did he expect
that he would return one day to fill the shoes of his mentors.
Pastor Ron and his wife Georganne have three married daughters, several grandchildren, and a son, Mark, who has special needs.
Pastor's greatest joy is helping others discover lasting
answers to life's difficulties in what God has revealed in the
Bible. He especially wants the world to know God's forgiveness and
peace in Jesus Christ.
Friedrich Family page
|Vicar Andrew Petajan
"Vicar" is the title that the Lutheran
Church - Missouri Synod gives our student pastors. Vicar Petajan
is currently enrolled in the Concordia Seminary Ethnic Immigrant
Institute of Theology. His service for Christ Lutheran Church of
the Deaf gives him important practical experience in his training for
Vicar Petajan graduated from Gallaudet University in 1998 and then he
earned his Masters Degree in economics from the University of
Wisconsin. Since then he has worked as an economist or the
Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the US Department of Labor in
Besides his work for the United States Government and his work for the
church, Vicar Petajan is an avid sailor during the summer, and during
the winter he loves to ski.
|Pastor-Emeritus Dennis Konkel
In 1997 Dennis Konkel resigned his
government job in biomedical research in Washington DC to attend
Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon graduation in
2001, he was called to serve as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church for
the Deaf in Des Moines, Iowa. For fourteen years Pastor Konkel
serve Deaf ministries throughout western Iowa. During that time
he also served as the Executive Director of the Lutheran Deaf Mission
Society and he was a member the Mill Neck School for the Deaf Board of
Trustees. In 2013 Mill Neck Foundation recognized Pastor Konkel's
service to the Deaf community by awarding him the John of Beverley
After his retirement, Pastor and Susan Konkel returned to Maryland and
Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf where they are again active in the
fellowship and ministry of their home congregation. Pastor Konkel
continues to volunteer his time to bring God’s Word to Deaf prisoners
incarcerated in the Maryland Depart of Corrections.