A Brief Note on our Organization
Corpus Christi is an organization that has bylaws, which stipulate how the board is to operate. The board is comprised of a chairman, treasurer, secretary, and various individuals from countries across Europe. Corpus Christi was first established as an organization in Sweden, but since then has grown and changed to include members form all over Europe. We are now looking to establish our organization in a way that reflects our international nature. Any pressing questions or needs can be addressed to the chairman of the board, Samuli Siikavirta. His contact information is listed below.
Samuli Siikavirta, Chairman
Samuli Siikavirta hails from the region of Savo, Eastern Finland. Apart from one year at the University of Helsinki, he was trained at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he lived and studied for eight years leading up to a PhD in New Testament Exegetics (in 2014). Samuli first attended the Corpus Christi Conference in 2011, greatly enjoying the combination of liturgical worship, solid confessional Lutheran teaching and free time. He joined the Board in 2015 and became the Chairman of the organisation in 2016. He currently serves as Head Pastor of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Helsinki, a congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland. He can be reached at [email protected] Mail can be sent to Kalevankatu 53, 00180 Helsinki, Finland.
Michael Wenz, Treasurer
Michael Wenz is from Germany and he studies theology at the Lutheran Seminary in Oberursel, Germany (LThH) and has also studied in Tübingen, Germany and St. Louis, USA. He is member of the Board of Corpus Christi since 2015. In his free time he likes to play the organ, to play soccer and to cycle through Europe. Since he first attended Corpus Christi in Kristinestad 2009, he is enthusiastic about the gatherings as they root young adults from across Europe more deeply in faith in Jesus Christ and show how we are connected as the one body of Christ in a visible and audible way.
Silje Kiil, Secretary
Silje Kiil is a member of the board of Corpus Christi. She comes from Lyngen in the north of Norway and lives in the capital, Oslo. Silje serves industrial customers at Siemens for a living. She is a member of the Messiaskirken congregation in the Lutheran church in Norway. Spare time activities include traveling, knitting, and cooking. Silje has found much joy in the international network of confessional Lutherans as well as learning to love to sing the liturgy of the hours. She finds Corpus Christi to be a blessing and encouragement for many of us who normally attend quite small churches.
Jakob Appell is a member of the board of Corpus Christi. He is 36 years old and comes from Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church of the Mission Province of Sweden. He is also the dean of chapel at Lutheran School of Theology, Gothenburg. He is married to Ingrid and they have four children. Jakob has been involved with Corpus Christi since the beginning in 2008 and loves to see how confessional Lutheran teaching, worship and life together come about at the conferences and how people from different countries, of different languages and with different churchly backgrounds are formed together in an International Lutheran community.
Johanna Sandberg, a member of the board of Corpus Christi, comes from Jeppo in Finland. For the moment she lives and studies in Vaasa. She aims to finish her studies as a midwife in December 2018. She is still a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Finland and if she spends her Sunday at home together with her family she goes to the Lutheran service in Jeppo. If she is in Vasa, she participates in the Mission Diocese service. During her spare time, she loves to sing in the local chamber choir. Johanna attended her first Corpus Chrisi conference when she was 13 years old and has attended each year ever since. Corpus Christi has been important for her, helping her to form a Lutheran identity.
Jordan Tomesch, Webmaster
Jordan was born in Canada, grew up in the USA, and lived for a period of time in Germany. He has family scattered across Europe, which is his home away from home. Jordan first went to Corpus Christi in 2014 and loved the ability to connect with people of the same faith, but who had completely different backgrounds. He is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, a small city in the USA near St. Louis. Jordan currently works for Delta Airlines and is working on some cool projects like wood furniture and electric powered speed skates.