Former U.S. ambassador to speak in Clintonville

Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard will return to his hometown of Clintonville on Sunday to speak at St. Martin Lutheran Church’s commemoration of Mission Sunday.

Speckhard, former ambassador to Greece and Belarus, will talk about the work of the Lutheran World Relief. He is the humanitarian organization’s president and CEO.

The event will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, 100 S. Clinton Ave.

Speckhard was born in Clintonville and baptized at St. Martin. His career as a diplomat included serving as deputy assistant secretary general at NATO and deputy chief of mission in post-war Iraq.

His grandfather. W.O. Speckhard, served as pastor of St. Martin Lutheran Church from 1929 to 1962.

LWR, which is supported by both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, has worked for nearly 75 years to foster long-term solutions to people living in extreme poverty around the world. It also responds to natural disasters and emergencies, including the current hunger crisis in Africa, the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, massive flooding in India and Nepal, and conflict in Iraq and Syria.

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