Monthly Archives: August 2018

Melinda Heine








Melinda Heine
2018-Present, Current Term Expires in 2021

Residence: Decatur, Alabama

B.S. Ed and Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia, Seward, NE
B.A. in History, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois

Vocational brief:
First and foremost, my vocation has been that of a pastor’s wife and mother, with all subsequent educational work motivated by those noble callings. In that educational arena, I have been a “homeschool mom,” and taught in Lutheran schools (IL, MO, CO), most notably of CCLE interest as the founding teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School/Pagosa Spgs, CO, a nascent effort in the revival of Lutheran classical education. (Certainly my interest in classical Lutheran education was first informed and inspired by the Lutheran historical sources I was immersed in while employed at Concordia Historical Institute, St. Louis, as Coordinator of Reference Services prior to that.)

Other items of note.:
1992-93 Lutheran Teacher of the Year, Rocky Mountain District LCMS
School Board, St Matthew Lutheran School, Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
CCLE (conference presenter; School Accreditation Site Visitor, co-editor with Cheryl Swope of the CCLE Resource Guide)
2017 Magistra Magna Award
Other historical interests- volunteer archives work, St. Paul Lutheran Historical Society/Concordia, MO; NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)

How did you become involved with CCLE?

I became “involved” with CCLE when it was still an idea- before its actual conception, and the example of the ACCS (The Association of Christian and Classical Schools) was a big part of that. During the early years of CCLE my participation was primarily “behind the scenes,” but expanded as our children left the nest.

A little history: Our isolated fledgling classical school in Pagosa had one semester under its belt when we heard of a conference on Christian classical education to be held in Moscow, Idaho. Two Lutheran schools sent representatives to that original conference and I was one. This conference culminated in the formation of the ACCS and for a few short years our school held membership in this new classical school association. We had little affinity for the progressive educational programs pervasive at that time and there was no such Lutheran entity as CCLE. I will always be grateful for the contagious enthusiasm and encouragement we received from ACCS people to restore classical education within our own theological and historical context. This encouragement helped me keep at it through those early years of isolation. Later on, we encountered like-minded Lutherans (Dr. Veith, Dr. Hein, et. al.) and in 1999, through joint efforts, the first CCLE conference came to fruition.

What do you think makes classical education a unique and special experience….?

I strongly believe that classical Lutheran education is more than just special or unique. Properly understood and effectively taught, it is absolutely crucial for the times we live in: crucial for the development and faith of the individual, crucial for the theological health of the church, and crucial for the freedom of our nation. Its benefits are true selling points. For example, classical Lutheran education’s focus on retention over exposure makes it the best mode for transmitting the faith to the young. Through studies of the 7 Liberal Arts informed by sound theology, classical Lutheran education delivers a rigorous yet rewarding curriculum- sorely lacking in most schools today- which equips students to be leaders-not followers, and, by the way, it provides an absolutely superb background for men aspiring to the Holy Ministry. Finally, a thorough-going classical Lutheran education is a strong antidote to the entertainment-driven and self-absorbed culture in which we live.

Pastors, please realize that you, especially, are key to the success of the classical Lutheran education movement. The congregation-run school model requires it. Partner with CCLE, join us in expanding our understanding of classical Lutheran education, and consider starting a classical Lutheran school for the sake of your people and the church at large!