Meet our Board of Directors & Advisors
Rev. Dr. Richard Paul
Dr. Richard Paul has been a pastor in the LCMS for over fifty years. He has served parishes in Michigan, Washington, and California. For 15 years he served actively as an Intentional Interim Pastor for 6 different congregations. He was among the early leaders in Interim Ministry for the LCMS serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the LCMS Interim Ministry Conference. He is currently the Senior Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, serving since 2008.
Pastor Paul was a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Child counseling. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew Theological Seminary in 1980.
Pastor Paul first became acquainted with Salem Ministry and Rev. Hanna in 2015 serving as his supervisor and mentor for his colloquy program leading him in his program to join the LCMS. Over the course of his studies Pastor Paul became a close friend and supporter of Pastor Hanna and Salem Ministries.
In addition to his parish work Pastor Paul assists the church as the Director of Interim Ministry for the Pacific Southwest District of the LCMS.
Pastor Paul is widowed, and has two wonderful children and four lovely grandchildren. He currently resides in Orange, California.
Rev. Dr. John L Meeh
John served eight years in a rural Kansas parish before being called by LCMS in 1993 to serve as a church planter and theological education coordinator in Moscow, Russia. In 2004 he and his family moved to Germany, where he served as the Regional Director for Eurasia. In 2006, the family moved to Hong Kong, where John served as the Regional Director for Asia until 2013.
From 2014 to 2016 he served as the Director of Mission Partnerships and Church Relations at Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE). From 2014 to the present, he has taught mission classes at CUNE.
Beginning January 1, 2017, John began serving as the executive director of Mission of Christ Network (MCN).
John has an MDiv and a DMin from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
John and his wife, Susan, have three children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Norbert C Oesch. - Chairman of the Board of Directors for Salam Ministries
Married to Jackie for 55 years.
Blessed with four children and 14 grandchildren.
Pastor at a mission congregation, Immanuel Lutheran, San Antonio, Texas
Pastor at a mid-size congregation St. John’s Lutheran, Bakersfield, California
Senior Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange CA for 13 years
Greater Area Service
First Vice President of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
On the Board for Parish Services of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for six years, serving as Chairman for three.
Founding Chairman of the Lutheran Family Association.
Founding Executive Leader for the Pastoral Leadership Institute
Secretary of FullValue Ministries.
Executive Leader of Pastoral Leadership Institute—International,
Founder and Chairman of Compassion Vietnam Association
Dr. Rev. Chad Lakies
Rev. Dr. Chad Lakies is the regional director for North America at Lutheran Hour Ministries and provides leadership and operational management for the North America region. His work with LHM is centered around proclaiming the Gospel to significant numbers of non-churched people, effectively using mass media to spread the Gospel, and helping the church become more outreach focused by empowering it to share the Gospel at more personal levels. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences for pastors and church professionals and has published in several journals on the topic of faith and culture. His former life as a non-believer provides exceedingly relevant experience for thinking about how to engage with our friends and neighbors outside the Kingdom of God.
Lakies most recently served as department chair and associate professor of religion at Concordia University, Portland (one of the most secular cities in North America). Before joining the Concordia University staff in 2012, he was involved in church planting in St. Louis (Christ in the City/CRAVE Coffeehouse), and subsequently served as a worship director there until 2010. Later, he founded a collective for young adults (theOpen) at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.Div. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
He and his wife Bethany have two daughters, Anabel and Daphne.
Rev. Hesham Shehab
Hesham Shehab grew up in Beirut, a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack when 7 years old. By age 13 he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood (Lebanese Chapter) and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon.
In 1980, while Hesham was going to an American college in Beirut, Lebanon, his brother was killed by a Christian militia. Missionary Hesham’s response was to study by day, and by night seek to take revenge in attacks on Christian members if the militia that killed his brother.
However, hearing the Sermon on the Mount, in a course of cultural studies (at that college), brought him to faith. He heard the words “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” These words stunned and surprised him. In order to know more about Jesus, Hesham checked out a copy of the Bible from the college library and began reading it on his own. The more he read the Bible, the more he felt peace and forgiveness. Missionary Hesham found a way of forgiveness and reconciliation instead of hatred and revenge.
Later, Hesham did graduate studies on Islamic History and religion, and taught and lectured on Middle Eastern studies and human rights in Lebanon, Europe, and the United States
In 2001, while he was working as a journalist and adjunct professor at the American University of Beirut, he met a retired Lutheran pastor, Rev. Dr. Bernie Lutz. Pastor Lutz was working with the Lutheran Hour Ministry in Beirut. Dr. Lutz introduced Missionary Hesham into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Divine intervention through a series of events brought him to the United States in 2004. He established a Chicagoland ministry in 2007. He has finished his pastoral education at Concordia, Fort Wayne, IN, was ordained in 2010 and called to serve as a Missionary to Salam Christian Fellowship.
Missionary Hesham assists people with social service issues, helping them with translation, paper work and transition in the American culture, all the while sharing Jesus. In 2008, with the support of local LCMS churches, Missionary Hesham planted Salam Christian Fellowship, a mission to Muslims in the western suburbs of Chicago, and has so far baptized more than 40 people from the Middle East.
Salam Christian Fellowship is a faith ministry that depends on the donations of God’s people and their zeal to fulfill the Great Commission. Salam reaches out to refugees and new immigrants from eight Middle Eastern countries, and shares the Gospel with Muslims in three languages. Salam converts and seekers meet for worship and Bible Study through the western suburbs of Chicago. Missionary Hesham speaks nationwide on Islam and evangelism. His goal is to ignite the love of Christ towards Muslims by Christians.
Missionary Hesham was an adjunct professor at Concordia, Ann Arbor, MI, where he taught Islam. Recently, he was an adjunct faculty teaching Islamic culture at College of DuPage.
Also, Missionary Hesham founded Messiah for Muslims (MFM), Recognized Service Organization (RSO) in order to help other missions to Muslims nation-wide.
He is married to Mona and has four children and two grand children.
Dr. Kenneth Ebel
Concordia University, Irvine 1980-2015 (Christ College – Irvine). Biology Professor, Dean Sch. of Arts & Science (6 yrs)
DA – Univ. North Dakota
Milwaukee Lutheran High School 1968-1980, Biology Teacher. Football and Basketball coach
MST – Univ. Wis. Eau Claire
Attended: Concordia University, Nebraska. 1964-1968
College trips: Greece & Italy (2), Honduras (2), Kenya, Israel, Multiple weekend biology excursions, numerous school wide trips to Half Dome, Zion NP and Mt. Whitney
High School backpacking trips to Yellowstone (4)
Pastor Nadar Hanna has introduced me to God’s movement within the Muslim community. Recommend reading: Dreams and Visions: Is God Awakening the Muslim World? Tom Doyle. A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is srawing Muslims around the world to faith in Jesus Christ, David Garrison. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslin Encounters Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi.
2009 CCI student group who climbed Half Dome.
1992 Honduras Mission (medical & science) Trip and water study for Jicaque (Tolan) Indian people of northern Honduras. We are in the ‘home’ of a Wycliffe Bible Translator family. James Schroeder and myself.
Dr. Mary Scott
Dr. Mary Scott currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. Previously she served as the Head of School at Concordia International School Shanghai, China. She held that position from July, 2016 – June, 2020. Prior to serving at Concordia Shanghai, Mary served in numerous roles at Concordia University Irvine. She completed her years of service there as the Executive Vice President of the University and Provost.
Dr. Scott has spoken at numerous events through-out her career in educational ministry. Her topics have included leadership, women’s leadership, life balance, personal growth and crisis management. She has a heart and a passion for various cultures. Mary has an earned doctorate from Pepperdine University. She has received a number of awards for her service, including the prestigious Spiritus Christi award from Concordia University, Chicago.
Mary is married to Dan. They have three daughters. Their youngest daughter is a student at Orange Lutheran High School.