Rev. Paul J Cain
(2010-Present, Secretary, Webmaster)
Rev. Paul J Cain is Senior Pastor of Immanuel, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School and Immanuel Academy, a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Education Chairman/NLSA Commissioner, and Editor of Lutheran Book Review. He has served as an LCMS Circuit Visitor, District Worship Chairman and District Evangelism Chairman. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rev. Cain is a contributor to Lutheran Service Book, Lutheranism 101, the forthcoming LSB Hymnal Companion volumes, and is the author of 5 Things You Can Do to Make Our Congregation a Caring Church. He is an occasional guest on KFUO radio. He has previously served Emmanuel, Green River, WY and Trinity, Morrill, NE. Rev. Cain is married to Ann and loves reading and listening to, composing, and making music.
How did you become involved with CCLE?
I attended by first conference in 2003. I was serving a vacancy congregation in addition to my own. The congregation in vacancy had a preschool and wanted to continue to improve, so they sent me to an Education Conference in Laramie. There, I learned about grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The simple and fun task of learning how to draw a bear alerted me to these building blocks of all education. Education finally made sense! I put together a reading list and years later was called to be Pastor and Headmaster of a congregation with a classical Lutheran school.
In just 1-3 sentences, how would you describe Classical education to someone who is unfamiliar with it? I describe our kindergarten as Jesus, letters, and numbers. That shows the priorities of faith and the language arts and mathematical arts. Classical education uses direct instruction by subject matter experts to teach children the treasures of Scripture and Western Civilization.
What would you say to encourage others to become involved with CCLE? Classical Lutheran education makes a real difference in the lives of confessional Lutherans. This is our education heritage. We don’t have to be caught up in educational fads or be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrinal fads. It is an education that prepares children and adults for life in this world as well as the world to come.
What else would you like to share? Start a dialogue with your Board members. Ask us questions. Invite us to speak. Help us help you to make your classical Lutheran school even better or to lead you through the transition to classical content and pedagogy. We’re here to serve you.