The service will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s, located at 1545 E. FM 1961 in Ander.
The Rev. Barbara Beale, pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Schroeder and Zion Lutheran Church of Arneckeville, will be the presiding minister at the service, with the Rev. Karl Biermann, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero, preaching. The Rev. Ray Tiemann, bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will bring greetings on behalf of the synod. The offering received at the service, unless otherwise directed, will benefit the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Ander Mission Endowment Fund.
Established in 2008, annual proceeds from the endowment will benefit a variety of ministries, including ELCA mission support; St. Peter’s youth group fund; Lutheran Camp Chrysalis, Ebert Ranch Camp, and Camp Lutherhill; ELCA World Hunger; Lutheran Campus Ministry in the Southwestern Texas Synod; ELCA missionary sponsorship; St. Peter’s local benevolence fund (which assists persons in need in the community); Lutheran Social Services; Lutheran World Relief; and Texas Lutheran University. Dellis was commissioned as an associate in ministry on May 3, 1987 at Christ Lutheran Church in San Antonio while he was serving at St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital in the South Texas Medical Center. He served on the staff of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin from 1988 through 2001, serving as director of public information and later as assistant to the president. He also held faculty status as an instructor of theology in the department of theology and philosophy. He was the interim pastoral assistant at MacArthur Park Lutheran Church in San Antonio in the fall of 2001 and came to St. Peter’s in January 2002.
Since 1989, he has served as editor of The Vista for the Southwestern Texas Synod, now available in two platforms: an online version at www.TheVistaOnline.org and a quarterly print publication. He serves as a trustee of Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest and a foundation trustee for Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He received a bachelor of business administration degree in business journalism from Baylor University in 1984 and a master of theological studies degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 1986.