Welcome to the CLCC


Thanks for your interest in Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission. We are a recognized service organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, chartered as a resource for Lutheran congregations to build a more knowledgeable laity.

We believe that a knowledgeable laity is important

  • to better understand what we profess.
  • to confidently witness to others.
  • to actively grow as a congregation.
  • to prayerfully preserve our confessional heritage.


in our name reflects our dependence on the statements of the Lutheran reformers setting forth our understanding of Scriptures that define and shape the teachings of the Lutheran Church. It also reflects our desire to see more people in our congregations using the confessions as a resource for their daily and congregational lives.


in our name reflects our mission to share this message of salvation with others through education.

In this context, our confessions and our mission should not be viewed as in conflict with each other, but rather as interdependent foundations to guide our walk through life.

We invite you to support our efforts by becoming a member or by using us as a resource in the educational efforts of your congregation.

Lord, help us ever to retain
The Catechism’s doctrine plain
As Luther taught the Word of truth
In simple style to tender youth

Lutheran Service Book #865, © CPH 2006

Our Board of Directors

  • Pastor Mark B. Stirdivant (Chairman)
    • Pastor Mark B. Stirdivant (Chairman) is Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Yucaipa, (Southern) California. He has been with CLCC since 2014. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Concordia University/ Christ College Irvine and Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He formerly served as pastor for 15 years in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • A.C. Schwark (also Director of Education)
    • A.C. Schwark (also Director of Education) is a retired financial manager having served as Senior Vice President and CFO at Bank One, Cincinnati; Director of Business Planning and Analysis at AT&T Wireless; and CFO of a privately held import company. In addition, he has taught finance and economics on an adjunct basis for the past 20 years. He received a BA in mathematics and economics at Valparaiso University, his MBA in finance at Washington University in St. Louis, and is a graduate of Rutgers’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He currently is a Regent at Concordia University, Portland, and serves on the Board of Education at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Snohomish, WA. He previously served on the Board of Elders, taught the Young Adults Bible class, and was a lay delegate at the 2013 LCMS convention in St. Louis.
  • Rev. Rob Jarvis
    • Rev. Rob Jarvis is the pastor of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Seward, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. In his 20+ years of pastoral ministry, Rev. Jarvis has served congregations in Moorhead, MN; Menomonie, WI; and Morris, MN along with the students of the University of Minnesota, Morris. Rev. Jarvis served on the working group that formed CLCC and is also a survivor of lymphoma.
  • Mark Wanamaker
    • Mark Wanamaker is computer-programmer and an artist, who believes his work should glorify God and encourage people to look to His Word. He shares art via his website, thefingerworks.com. His doctrinal stance is very straightforward: The more we know the Small Catechism, the better; the more we know the Book of Concord, the better; the Church has gathered a vast library of knowledge, and we should use it; the forms of worship—the liturgy and hymns—are excellent and we should notice that excellence and use them. Mark is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Yucaipa, CA and serves his congregation in the Evangelism position on the Board of Directors. He has served as delegate to District and Synod Conventions, and as a Synod as Floor Committee Member.