Dr. Carl Moser Obituary

Dr. Carl Moser

November 8, 1937–May 31, 2024

A Note from Missouri District Director of Schools, Josh Swartz:

Dr. Carl Moser was called to his heavenly home on May 31, 2024. His unwavering dedication and leadership have left an indelible mark on Lutheran Education. As a Christian Servant Leader, he devoted his life to the Lutheran School Ministry, leaving a legacy. Dr. Carl Moser's contributions and tireless efforts have been instrumental in shaping Lutheran Schools, ensuring they can continue to spread the life-saving message of Christ Crucified for generations to come. His leadership led to the development of numerous pivotal services and programs still utilized today, including NLSA, Lutheran Schools Week, SLED, GENESIS, LSCS (SSAC), and The Principals of Large School's Conference, among others. His dedication and influence will forever be remembered and cherished.

We praise God for Carl's ministry service and lift up his wife, Betty, and family in prayer.

Dr. Carl J. Moser, 86 of St. Charles, Missouri passed away on May 31, 2024.

Dr. Moser was born in Milwaukie, Oregon on November 8, 1937, the third son of Jacob and Bertha Moser.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon.  He attended Oak Grove public elementary school and three years of high school at Milwaukie public high school.  After his third year, he felt Called to become a Lutheran pastor.  Thus, he attended Concordia College in Portland for his senior high school year and junior college, where he served as student body president, met his wife, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He then attended Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne for one year.  The following summer, on August 10, 1958, he and Betty (Elizabeth Harrison) were married at St. John Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon.  Their marriage was blessed with three children, Stephen, Linda Becker and Cynthia Kunze, and nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

After his wedding, he felt a calling to dedicate his life to Lutheran School Ministry.  Carl began teaching grades 4-6 at Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park, Illinois, where Betty taught.  After two years at Trinity, Carl taught at Hope Lutheran School in Seattle, Zion Lutheran School in Chicago, and Trinity Lutheran School in Orlando.  In Chicago and Orlando, he also served as principal.  In 1976 Carl accepted a Call as Professor of Education at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois.  In 1983 he became the Associate Director of Schools for The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and then served as Director of Schools.  In 2000 he retired, and then served for five years as half-time National Lutheran School Accreditation Director.

He served as the President of the Council for American Private Education, a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, and as advisor to the U.S. Department of Education.  He received the Christus Magister Award from the Lutheran Education Association, the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Concordia College in Portland, and the Christus Primus Award from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In retirement, Dr. Moser was active at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri as choir member, leader of Stephen Ministry, and Bible class leader and participant.


Services Thursday, June 6
Immanuel Lutheran Church
115 South Sixth Street
St. Charles 63301

10a.m.–11a.m.  Visitation
11:30a.m.  Funeral Service

Memorials may be made in Dr. Moser’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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