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

Martin Luther College

As authorized by the WELS Constitution and Bylaws, the Governing Board of Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., invites WELS pastors; male professors, teachers, and staff ministers; and voting members of WELS congregations to nominate a qualified . . .

  • pastor or male or female teacher, staff minister, or layperson to serve as a strength & conditioning coach and professor of physical education. MLC is seeking to change the classification of its current hired strength and conditioning coach position to a called faculty position as both strength & conditioning coach and professor of physical education. This reclassification was prompted by retirements and other changes in the Physical Education Division and Athletic Department, which has led MLC to use the current strength & conditioning coach as an adjunct physical education instructor. Currently Sam Hunter serves as the hired strength and conditioning coach position and as an adjunct instructor in physical education. He will be included in the list of nominees.

    Nominees can be either men or women who are certified ministers of the gospel in WELS or laypersons who would be willing to seek such certification. In addition, nominees should have significant training and experience in strength and conditioning as well as significant training and experience in teaching in the area of physical education. A master’s degree in one or both areas of this call’s responsibilities would be preferred.

All nominations must be received by March 30, 2023.

The list of candidates will be published below.


WELS Synod Convention

The following candidates have been chosen by the synod Nominating Committee to be presented to the delegates at the 67th biennial convention. The delegates will elect one man for each position, unless otherwise noted. Incumbents are noted by an asterisk (*).

Richard Bakken, Medford, Mass.

Arlyn Bornschlegl*, Rochester, Minn.

Mark Greiner, Columbus, Ohio

Jeff Hanel, Northglenn, Colo.

Mark Schulz*, Milton, Wis.

Kevin Traub, Middleville, Mich.

Philip Kieselhorst, Westminster, Colo.

Steven Lange, Louisville, Ky.

Duane Rodewald*, Simpsonville, S.C.

Leon Brands, Crete, Ill.

Paul Hahm*, Hilton, N.Y.

Gary Jeffers, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Benjamin Leyrer, Milwaukee, Wis.

Kenneth Prost, Watertown, Wis.

Peter Sahlstrom, Decatur, Ga.

Brian Scheele*, Plymouth, Neb.

Peter Trapp, Hartford, Wis.

Dean Waldschmidt*, Fond du Lac, Wis.

David Gartner, Maple Grove, Minn.

Mark Heckendorf, Kewaskum, Wis.

Gerald Zeamer*, Jackson, Wis.

Justin Danell, Appleton, Wis.

Nathan Kieselhorst, Watertown, Wis.

Daniel Markgraf*, Germantown, Wis.

Jonathan Scharf*, Covington, Ga.

Kenneth Brokmeier, Brookings, S.D.

Michael Quandt, St. George, Utah.

Jason Baldwin, St. Charles, Mich.

Matthew Holtz, Appleton, Wis.

Andrew Retberg, Saginaw, Mich.

Karl Schultz, Rhinelander, Wis.

Timothy Spaude*, Greenfield, Wis.

Kevin Westra, Hortonville, Wis.

Adam Mueller, Tucson, Ariz.

David Scharf*, New Ulm, Minn.

Paul Seager, Southlake, Texas

John Boggs*, Watertown, Wis.

John Koelpin, Dallas, Texas

Daniel Schroeder, Palm Coast, Fla.

Gary Juergens, Tappen, N.D.

Steven Wagenknecht, Weslaco, Texas

Timothy Wagner, Appleton, Wis.

Michael Schultz, Tallahassee, Fla.

Johnold Strey, Hubertus, Wis.

Dale Witte, Fond du Lac, Wis.

William Brassow, Osceola, Wis.

Ross Henzi, Brillion, Wis.

David Rosenau, Yalaha, Fla.

Jonathan Hood, Yakima, Wash.

William Schaefer, Lannon, Wis.

Wesley Schroeder, Pueblo, Colo.

Synodical Council-appointed position

The following laymen have been nominated to serve as a director on the board for WELS Foundation, Inc.

Mr. James Brenn, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Mr. Jon Wirkkula, Germantown, Wis.

Mr. Bret Witkowski, Saginaw, Mich.


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