Plenary Teachers


Rev. William Cwirla

cwirla-headshotRev. William M. Cwirla is the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, CA where he was ordained to the Holy Ministry in 1992. His wife’s name is Karen, and they live coram Deo with their three cats in Hacienda Heights. He is also the President of Higher Things, a regular speaker at Higher Things conferences, and the author of numerous articles on a variety of topics ranging from the atheism to Zwinglianism.

Pr. Cwirla is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California-Berkeley, where he studied chemistry. He worked in research and development prior to going to Concordia Seminary - St. Louis.

Pr. Cwirla grew up in the city of Chicago, making him an avid, if not entirely rational, fan of Da Bears, Da Bulls, deep dish pizza, and Chicago-style hot dogs. He and Karen are avid foodies and known for their love of ёne cooking and dining. Pr. Cwirla is a devoted dabbler whose favorite activities include woodworking, scuba divine, photography, guitar, singing, bicycling, hiking, freshwater planted aquaria, and endless home improvement projects.

Rev. Brent Kuhlman

kuhlman-photoPastor Brent W. Kuhlman serves Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE. He’s a “Seinfeld” junky. Swings the golf club every chance he gets. Drives school bus. Substitute teaches. Even roofs houses when it isn’t raining. Likes to cause high anxiety as he occasionally hides other people’s laptops (like Pastor Cwirla’s or Pastor Borghardt’s) when they’re not paying attention.

 Keeps house with his wife Robin and together they are the parental units to Allison, Jake, and Carlie. Pastor Kuhlman is the co-host of the radio program “Table Talk” via KNGN 1360 AM McCook, NE, co-editor of LOGIA Forum, and vice president of Higher Things.

He has also been a guest teacher at Concordia University, Seward, NE, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Lutheran Theological Seminary, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Don’t panic if he randomly shouts: “Serenity now!” It’s just one of those classic phrases from “Seinfeld,” that slips out every once in while. Have a happy Coram Deo!