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.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

As authorized by the WELS Constitution and Bylaws, the Governing Board of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., in conjunction with the WELS Joint Mission Council, invites WELS pastors, male professors and teachers, and voting members of WELS congregations to nominate a qualified . . .

  • active pastor to serve as the director of the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) Team and as a member of the seminary faculty. He will teach in the PSI degree programs, with no on-campus MDiv teaching responsibilities at present. A nominee for this position should be known for his evangelical approach to ministry, his interest in sharing the gospel across cultures, and the administrative and communicative skills necessary to oversee the work of the PSI Team. He would need to be willing and able to travel, both domestically and internationally, 60–75 days a year. Ideally, the candidate would have international or cross-cultural ministry experience. Since he will be asked to serve both on the PSI Team and as part of the seminary faculty, it is imperative that he be able to work collaboratively with colleagues and students with varied backgrounds and talents. The ability to communicate clearly truths gained from an in-depth study of Scripture is essential for a man who will be asked to assist in preparing men for service as pastors in various cultural contexts. The nominee should have both the willingness to consider pursuing an advanced degree to support his work and the academic aptitude to complete it. This is to fill a vacancy created by Prof. Jonathan Bare’s acceptance of a call to serve as president of Asia Lutheran Seminary.

All nominations must be received by May 30, 2022.


Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

The following people have been nominated for the position of professor of homiletics and New Testament.

Rev. David Barkow, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Rev. Thomas Barthel, Payson, Ariz.

Rev. Caleb Bassett, Fallbrook, Calif.

Rev. Noah Bater, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Rev. Jonathan Bauer, Mount Horeb, Wis.

Rev. Jonathan Bilitz, Cottage Grove, Wis.

Rev. Daniel Bondow, Littleton, Colo.

Rev. Timothy Bourman, Middle Village, N.Y.

Rev. Bart Brauer, Des Moines, Wash.

Rev. Philip Casmer, Waukesha, Wis.

Rev. Justin Cloute, Watertown, Wis.

Rev. Aaron Dolan, Appleton, Wis.

Rev. David Frey, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Rev. Alexander Groth, Cincinnati, Ohio

Rev. Joel Heckendorf, Reno, Nev.

Rev. Jonathan Hein, Waukesha, Wis.

Rev. Philip Huebner, Milwaukee, Wis.

Rev. Michael Koepke, Chandler, Ariz.

Rev. Brian Kom, Rochester, Minn.

Rev. Brett Krause, Lakewood, Colo.

Rev. Caleb Kurbis, Fletcher, N.C.

Rev. Steven Lange, Louisville, Ky.

Rev. Timothy Nass, Lake Mills, Wis.

Rev. Donald Patterson, Georgetown, Texas

Rev. Souksamay Phetsanghane, Watertown, Wis.

Rev. Greg Pufahl , Fond du Lac, Wis.

Rev. David Scharf, New Ulm, Minn.

Rev. Joel Seifert, Kennesaw, Ga.

Rev. Jasper Sellnow, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Rev. John Stelter, Princeton, Wis.

Rev. Nathan Sutton, San Antonio, Texas

Rev. Peter Unnasch, Milwaukee, Wis.

Rev. Timothy Westendorf, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Comments in regard to any nominees must be submitted by May 27, 2022.


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