Dear friends of the Institute of Liturgical Studies:

I’m pleased to announce that Chad Fothergill has been appointed as interim co-director of the Institute of Liturgical Studies through June 2021, moving from the ILS Advisory Council into this shared leadership role with Brian T. Johnson.

As a musician, Chad has served congregations in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast in full-time, part-time, interim, and supply capacities.  He is editor of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) journal CrossAccent; is cantor to the Lutheran Summer Music community where he also teaches electives in liturgy; and has contributed-as both writer and composer-to several worship resources.

In addition, Chad has presented solo recitals, lecture recitals, hymn festivals, keynotes, workshops, and papers at gatherings of, among others, the American Guild of Organists; ALCM; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; National Worship Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran and Anglican Churches of Canada; Society for Christian Scholarship in Music; and the Vi Messerli Memorial Lectures in Church Music.  Please join me in welcoming Chad to this position and in praying for the Advisory Council and co-directors as they plan future ILS events and discern the Institute’s mission and programming for a post-pandemic era.


Susan VanZanten, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Life
Valparaiso University