(October 29, 1989 -September 1991) was born on January 15, 1938 in Brenham, TX, son of Texas Ranger E.T. Zwernemann
wife Alwine (nee Jatzlau) Zwernemann.
...James is a graduate of Concordia Preparatory School and Jr. College, Austin, TX (A.A. 1 958); Concordia Sr. College, Ft. Wayne, IN (B.A. 1960); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (M. Div.
1964); U. S. Army Chaplain School
, Ft. Hamilton, NY (Grad. 1964); Biblical Seminary of NY
(S.T.M.1967); and NY Theological Seminary
(D.Min. 1976).He also attended the U. of Texas, the U. of Houston, Washington U. Graduate School, General Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies.
assumed the Presidency of the Atlantic District
in 1989, he
was a doctoral candidate (Ed.D) at Columbia U.-Teachers College. Zwernemann
was ordained into the Holy Ministry on June 14, 1964, at Ascension Lutheran Church
, Houston, TX.He served his vicarage at St. Paul's Lutheran of Tremont, Bronx (1962-63) a trilingual parish(German, English, Spanish); he was the founding pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Warwick (1964-69) where holiday worship services were held in English, German, Spanish, and Norwegian; he was then called to his home state of Texas where he served as pastor of Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston (1969-1974).From 1974 until his retirement in 2003 he served as Senior Pastor of the Village Lutheran Church, Bronxville, NY.
On August 18, 1962, James Zwernemann
and Bonnie McGinnis were united in marriage at the Village Lutheran Church
Their marriage was blessed with five children: Jimmy
, Kelly, John, Lori, and Christina.
...Dr. James Zwernemann
was installed on October 29, 1989, at the Village Lutheran Church
as 10th President of the Atlantic District
.The Rev. Dr. Ralph Bohlmann, LCMS
President, delivered the sermon. Dr. Zwernemann then served as President for the two years that remained in Dr. Fink's elected term.
When acting in place of President Zwernemann
, each Pastor was compensated on an hourly basis and each respective congregation was reimbursed on an hourly basis for the time their pastor was away from his
congregation.In addition, most Presidential advice and counsel by President Zwernemann
was done at the District Office in Bronxville, rather than on site at the individual congregations.These measures resulted in Office of the Presidency (including the Praesidium) travel time being reduced to 5 hours per week (9% of the average 55 hour week).A survey in mid 1980's of the Presidential office had indicated that 35 hours per week of the President's time was spent in travel ( 53% of his
average 65 hour week).The savings in the Office of the President's salary and travel expenses those two years was substantial (50%) and the actual time spent in the Office of the President's duties (less travel time) increased from 30 to 50 hours per week (66%).Never-the-less, there was a strong feeling among most pastors of the district that they favored a "full-time" president embodied in one person.Therefore, Dr. Zwernemann
chose to forego the 1991 election of the district presidency. In 1991, Concordia University, Austin, TX, conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2003 he received the Servant of Christ Award from Concordia College, Bronxville.After 29 years at the Village Lutheran Church, Dr. Zwernemann and his wife Bonnie retired in 2003 to East Haddam, CT.