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.


Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

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

  • active pastor to serve as professor of pastoral theology (counseling) and systematic theology. Each nominee should be committed to the seminary’s mission of preparing men for service as pastors in the synod’s congregations and mission fields. A candidate for this faculty position should have strong listening skills, the ability to apply law and gospel on a personal level, and a patient and caring approach in helping the hurting. He needs to be known for his evangelical approach to ministry, his understanding of the doctrines of Scripture, and the demonstrated ability to teach. Since he will be asked to serve as part of a faculty in the work of preparing men for pastoral ministry, it is imperative that he be able to work collaboratively with colleagues. The nominee should have both the academic aptitude and the willingness to pursue an advanced degree to support his work in teaching courses in pastoral counseling.

All nominations must be received by July 15, 2021.

The list of candidates will be published below.


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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