Dear LVC Community,
Together we mourn the passing of Rev. John Steinbruck, who was the pastor of Luther Place Memorial Church, in Washington DC, at the time that Lutheran Volunteer Corps was founded in 1979. We are forever grateful for his persistence to serve and his dedication to community, for without it LVC would not be here.
In 1976, inspired to create a voluntary service program within the Lutheran community that was centered around principles of social justice and simplified lifestyles, John exclaimed, “Why not a Lutheran Volunteer Corps?” Many of you were were Volunteers during the 1980's and 1990's may have your own personal stories of Rev. Steinbruck. For current LVC Volunteers, Rev. Steinbruck was the person who started this journey that you now continue.
He was a tireless advocate for justice, using the church as a platform to create important service programs, like LVC and N Street Village. John wouldn’t want to be credited as starting LVC, but gives credit to collaboration of Luther Place leaders. His work with the interfaith community also helped to expand LVC's model of programming which we continue today.
Please join us in celebrating his life and legacy. His funeral will be Monday, March 9, at 11:00 AM at Luther Place memorial Church, with a reception afterward at N Street Village. All are welcome.
President, Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
To read more about his life, read John’s Wikipedia page and obituary. We invite you to share your thoughts and stories about Rev. Steinbruck on LVC's Facebook page.