As authorized by the WELS Constitution and Bylaws, all WELS pastors, male professors and teachers, and voting members of WELS congregations can submit comments.

According to the WELS Constitution and Bylaws, ministerial education schools, boards and committees, and subsidiaries may ask WELS pastors, male professors and teachers, and voting members of WELS congregations to nominate qualified individuals for called positions and/or board positions. Current nomination alerts are listed below.


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2021 Synod Convention 

All male called workers, congregations, and their male voting members through their congregations are authorized by the constitution to submit names and comments.


The following candidates have been chosen by the synod Nominating Committee to be presented to the delegates at the 66th biennial convention. The delegates will elect one man for each position, unless otherwise noted. Incumbents are noted by an asterisk (*).

Jonathan Bauer, Mount Horeb, Wis.

Matthew Brown, Houston, Texas

Joel Heckendorf , Reno, Nev.

Joel Jenswold*, Deforest, Wis.

Shane Krause, Onalaska, Wis.

Adam Mueller, Tucson, Ariz.

James Henrickson, Dallas, Texas

Nathan Kieselhorst, Watertown, Wis.

Thomas Plitzuweit*, Oconomowoc, Wis.

David Bivens, Mequon, Wis.

Paul Janke*, Watertown, S.D.

Timothy Westendorf, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Mark Gabb*, Hernando, Fla.

Timothy Gauger, Rockford, Mich.

Kevin Wattles, Falls Church, Va.

John Bortulin*, Mukwonago, Wis.

Nathan Buege, Katy, Texas

Nathanael Scharf, New Ulm, Minn.

James Henrickson, Dallas, Texas

Ryan Loberger, Doral, Fla.

Jacob Unke, Missouri City, Texas

Peter Martens, Lubbock, Texas

Joel Scott, Beaver Dam, Wis.

Adam Zastrow, Mayville, Wis.

Joel Petermann, Harbor City, Calif.

Michael Seifert, Midlothian, Va.

Eric Steinbrenner, Livonia, Mich.

Joseph Fricke, Johnson Creek, Wis.

Timothy Spiegelberg, Firestone, Colo.

Douglas Tomhave*, Lake Mills, Wis.

Rendell Koeppel, San Jose, Calif.

Paul Leifer, Northville, Mich.

Ryan Wiechmann*, Rothschild, Wis.

Timothy Ehlers, Vernon, Conn.

David Rosenau, Yalaha, Fla.

Paul Zell, Hendersonville, N.C.

David Kasischke, San Antonio, Texas

Erik Landwehr, Miami Springs, Fla.

Steven Rosenbaum, Wildomar, Calif.

Gregory Galler*, Lake Elmo, Minn.

David Nommensen, Palmyra, Wis.

Victor Vieth, Lewiston, Minn.


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