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Peter W. Marty, 45, senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, in February will become the host of Lutheran Vespers, the radio ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lutheran Vespers airs on 186 stations and reaches an estimated 3 million to 4 million listeners a year in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Europe, Guam and Puerto Rico. Marty will succeed Walt Wangerin Jr., who announced in June that he will leave the radio ministry in January after serving more than ten years as speaker. Wangerin, an ELCA pastor, professor, author and lecturer, is a faculty member at Valparaiso University. Marty, a member of the Christian Century board of trustees, will remain pastor of the 2,900-congregation in Iowa.

 

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