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A new chapter for John Braun—and Forward in Christ

John Braun and Jim Pope handshake
During a chapel service at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry on Oct. 5, John Braun (left) was honored for his years of service and James Pope (right) was installed as Forward in Christ’s new executive editor.

After 16 years of service as executive editor of Forward in Christ, John Braun is retiring effective Dec. 31. This is his final issue.

“One of the things that I appreciated most about John Braun’s work as executive editor was his continuing desire to make improvements in Forward in Christ,” says Mark Schroeder, WELS president. “He worked diligently with his staff to update the look and readability of the magazine. More important was his leadership in striving to provide content that would be both informative and spiritually uplifting for the readers. We will miss him.”

Braun notes, “My goal from the beginning was to bring the message of Jesus to everyday Christians in our congregations. I wanted to make God’s truth as clear and understandable as I could and yet keep it as beautiful and important as it truly is.”

As for his future plans, Braun says, “I’m just waiting for the Lord to turn the page so I can begin another chapter serving him.”

Forward in Christ will also begin a new chapter. James Pope accepted the call to serve as the magazine’s next executive editor. He was installed on Oct. 5 and will begin his tenure with the January 2023 issue.

Featured image above: John Braun is pictured with his wife, Sandy.

Author: Forward in Christ
Volume: 109, Number 12
Issue: December 2022


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