The teachers, staff, parents, students and St. John, Kendallville, congregation members give thanks to God for our fifth-grade teacher and fellow servant at St. John Lutheran School, Vernie
Scheiber. On Oct. 26, Vernie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. This award is given annually to outstanding educators in the greater Fort Wayne area. It would be difficult to find a more worthy recipient
of this award.
Vernie started his teaching ministry at Zion Lutheran School in St. Charles, Missouri. After 12 years at Zion, he accepted a Divine Call to St. John as teacher and principal and has served faithfully for 30 years. In addition to his ministry in the classroom and school, Vernie has provided valuable leadership to St. John Lutheran Church. He has also served the church at-large in leadership positions with the Indiana District, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Indiana Non-Public Education Association, National Lutheran School Accreditation and more. And he continues to be a witness to our community through his involvement in various groups, including his current position as president of our local Lion’s Club. His knowledge and wisdom are invaluable to those he serves.
Those who know Vernie know that his faithful service has never been motivated by any desire to become “great among you.” This humble servant would be the last one to seek any kind of recognition for his service. Instead, he is motivated by his love for God and his overwhelming desire for his students to know Jesus as their Savior. In addition, he wants all of his students to succeed. He even takes time to teach kids the game of kickball at recess, seizing the moment to teach many other valuable lessons through that favorite recess game.
Vernie would also be the first to tell you that he is only one of many outstanding servant leaders within our Lutheran
schools. Our teachers and administrators see their work as a calling and not just a job. Vernie is a fine example of many Lutheran educators who share the love of Christ, the precious Gospel message, forgiveness and service to the students and families in our schools. In doing so, Vernie and his fellow teachers have the privilege to become messengers of Christ for these families.
We give thanks to God for who Vernie is and all he does for St. John and the community. We also give thanks to God
for all those who serve in Lutheran schools throughout our district and Synod. Vernie’s would say that he isn’t deserving of such an honor, but we rejoice with this good and faithful servant God has placed in our midst. Congratulations Mr. Scheiber!
By Timothy Walz, St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville
First published in the January 2017 edition of the Lutheran Witness