This post is taken from the newsletter of Rev. Dr. des Jonathan Mumme and his wife, Deaconess Rachel Mumme, serving the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Cambridge, England at Westfield House. Rev. Mumme is a tutor at Westfield House and is working to strengthen the cooperation between Westfield House and the Concordia System in the United States. Westfield House is a Theological House of Studies for our partner church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE).
On Saturday, August 31st, Dr. Cyndy Lumley was installed as the first ever principal at Westfield House. Presiding over the service of Vespers was Dr. Joel Humann, interim Preceptor of Westfield House, and Rev. Jon Ehlers was the preacher.
Dr. Lumley comes to Cambridge as one returning — she began her course of deaconess studies at Westfield House in 2007, and before that volunteered within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE) on many fronts. Dr. Lumley was instrumental in developing a plan and securing funds for the building of the new residential facility at Westfield House, Luther Hall, in 2009.
After a year of diaconal studies, Dr. Lumley moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in order to complete a number of diaconal courses at the seminary not offered at Westfield House. So respected was she by the seminary faculty that she was asked to remain there to complete her internship. That, then, turned into a call as the Associate Director of Deaconess Studies, and Dr. Lumley spent the next three years developing a curriculum and program of study for deaconess students, delivered through a combination of online courses and on campus intensives.
Now she returns to Cambridge as principal, and her main duties will include student recruitment, diaconal training, financial management, communications, and oversight. Dr. Lumley has this to say about her homecoming:
“It is with joy and thanksgiving to God that I take up my position as Principal of Westfield House. Having been associated with Westfield for many years, and a former student myself, I have a deep appreciation for the special community that it is and for its unique status in worldwide Lutheranism. This is an important time for Westfield as we develop and expand our facilities, course offerings, faculty and staff in order to better fulfil our mission of equipping students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for the ministry of the global Evangelical Lutheran Church. I give thanks to God for the Friends of Westfield House and for all who partner with us in this effort, and look forward to continuing, fruitful relationships.”
- Pray for Dr. Lumley to have wisdom and guidance as she continues in her first year as Principal of Westfield House.
- Pray for the Mumme family as they continue in service at Westfield House.
- Give thanks for the many new developments and progress being made at Westfield House.
- Pray that the students would be strengthened in their faith for lives of service.
- If you would like to learn more about or support the work at Westfield House, visit the website of the charitable organization which supports it, The Friends of Westfield House.
- Learn more about Westfield House from these previous blog posts.