English District staff and contact information

The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy

Jamison Hardy was born on October 1, 1973, to Daniel and Cathryn (Sides) in Bay City, MI. His family moved to Flint, MI and then later to Westland, MI. He attended St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and School in Westland. It was there he met Pastor Ralph Fisher, who told the young Jamison that he would one day enter the ministry. Pastor Fisher ministered to Jamison throughout his life.

The Rev. J. Derek Mathers

Derek Mathers received his Bachelor of Arts from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, and his Masters of Divinity from Concordia in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has served the English District as Vice President Lake Erie Region, Circuit Visitor Canada West and Circuit Visitor Canada East. Rev. Mathers served the Synod as a pastoral advisor to seminary wives.

The Rev. David L. Thiele

I was born in Chicago, IL. and am the oldest of 5 siblings. My father was transferred or changed jobs during my formative years. We lived in the following states: Illinois, Michigan (the U.P.), New Jersey, Alabama and Louisiana. This prepared me to spend all my years in ministry in the non geographical English District.

I was married to Patricia in June 1977 and we were blessed with 4 children.

Gail Holzer

Gail and her husband have been blessed with three children. Her education includes a BS in Elementary Education from Clarion University; a Lutheran Teaching Certificate from Concordia University, Ann Arbor and an MA in Technology Education – which is nearly complete – from Concordia University Wisconsin.

Ron Grimm

Ron joined the LCMS Foundation as a Gift Planning Counselor in February, 2018. He works with individual Christians in discovering the plan God has placed on their hearts since baptism, faithfully transferring the blessings God has entrusted to them for the care of their families and the support of ministries throughout the Synod that are near and dear to them. Ron also works with congregations to establish and strengthen endowment funds and other long-term ministry objectives.