Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Pastor, teacher, and staff minister call report

5/7/2024 – 5/13/2024

The call report details when pastors, teachers, and staff ministers change positions within WELS. The Conference of Presidents oversees and coordinates the calling process.

CALLS ISSUED

Pastors Current call New call Date issued
Rev Adam Gawel St Andrew LC
Chicago IL
Apostles LC
San Jose CA
Associate Pastor
4/7/2024
Rev Matthew Westra Living Promise LC
Morristown TN
Christ LC
Pewaukee WI
Associate Pastor; Outreach
4/7/2024
Rev Hernandez Daylo Jr Michigan Lutheran High School
Saint Joseph MI
Divine Savior Academy
Doral FL
Theology
4/9/2024
Rev Jeffery Drake Trinity LC
Hartford WI
St Paul LC
Manchester WI & Marquette WI
4/10/2024
Rev John Koelpin Calvary LC
Dallas TX
Asia Lutheran Seminary Board
Professor; Asia Lutheran Seminary
4/11/2024
Rev Christopher Ewings Faith LC
Anchorage AK
Risen Savior LC
Mc Farland WI
4/14/2024
Rev William King Good Shepherd LC
Cedar Rapids IA & North Liberty IA
New Life LC
Rockford IL
4/16/2024
Rev William King Good Shepherd LC
Cedar Rapids IA & North Liberty IA
St Paul LC
Prescott WI
4/16/2024
Rev Jonathan Balge St Matthew LC
Milwaukee WI
Hope LC
Irmo SC
4/17/2024
Rev Jason Baldwin Hope LC
Saint Charles MI
St Luke LC
Winona MN
4/18/2024
Rev Paul Biedenbender Christ LC
Denver CO
Crossroads Church
Chicago IL
4/21/2024
Rev Matthew Brown Abiding Word LC
Houston TX
Faith LC
Antioch IL
Associate Pastor
4/21/2024
Rev Joel Voss Emanuel First LC
Lansing MI
Victory LC
Jacksonville FL
4/21/2024
Rev John Stelter St John LC
Princeton WI
First LC
La Crescent MN
4/23/2024
Rev Nathaniel Winkel Mountain Valley LC
Eagle CO
Peace LC
Marshfield MO
Zion LC
Springfield MO
4/24/2024
Rev Frederic Berger Christ LC
Beatrice NE
St Paul’s LC
Plymouth NE
New Mission
Kronenwetter WI
4/26/2024
Rev Matthew Kuske St Luke LC & St Paul LC
Lomira WI
St Paul LC
Hillsboro WI & Wonewoc WI
Associate Pastor
4/28/2024
Rev Albert Meier II Peace LC
Milbank SD
St John LC
Summit SD
St Paul LC
Crandon WI
Christ LC
Hiles WI
St John LC
Pelican Lake WI
4/28/2024
Rev David Salinas Christ the Lord LC
Houston TX
Risen Savior LC
Milwaukee WI
4/28/2024
Rev Tyler Shinnick Martin Luther LC
Neenah WI
St Paul LC
Friendship WI & Mauston WI
Associate Pastor
4/28/2024
Rev Mark Voss Immanuel LC
Long Valley NJ
Good Shepherd LC
Burnsville MN
Associate Pastor
4/28/2024
Rev James Werner Reformation LC
San Diego CA
Life Lutheran Campus & Resurrection LC
Rochester MN
Associate Pastor
4/28/2024
Rev Luke Werre Peace LC
Sun Prairie WI
St Paul’s LC
Stevensville MI
4/28/2024
Rev Jason Schmidt Shepherd of the Hills LC
Tucson AZ
Lord of Life LC
Thornton CO
4/29/2024
Rev Thad Bitter Grace LC
Portland OR
New Mission
Bend OR
5/5/2024
Rev Stephen Kuehl Shepherd of Peace LC
Powell OH
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School
New Ulm MN
5/5/2024
Rev Emile Burgess Crown of Life LC
Eagan MN & West Saint Paul MN
St John LC
Wauwatosa WI
Associate Pastor
5/7/2024
Rev Aaron Steinbrenner Peace LC
Hartford WI
Christ LC in North St Paul & Hugo, MN
North Saint Paul MN
Associate Pastor
5/7/2024
Teachers Current call New call Date issued
Dean Benjamin Clemons Martin Luther College
New Ulm MN
Asia One Team
Team Leader
4/11/2024
Mr Richard Cody St John LS
Juneau WI
Eastside LS
Madison WI
Principal
4/14/2024
Mr Nathan King Manitowoc Lutheran High School
Manitowoc WI
Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Milwaukee WI
Director of International Admissions
4/15/2024
Mrs Bethany Mueller Atonement LS
Milwaukee WI
Director of Special Education
4/21/2024
Mr Stephen Biebert Trinity LS
Aberdeen SD
Trinity LS
Aberdeen SD
Principal; Grades 4-5
4/28/2024
Mrs Edith Menges Divine Savior Academy – Sienna
Missouri City TX
Middle School Math
4/28/2024
Ms Allison Stevens Mt Olive LS
Delano MN
ECM Teacher
4/28/2024
Mrs Cassandra Reinhard Life LS
Friendswood TX
CrossLife Christian Academy
Pflugerville TX
Kindergarten
5/3/2024
Mrs Michaela Levich Our Savior LS
Wausau WI
Grades 5-8
5/5/2024
Mrs Kelly Loberger First German LS
Manitowoc WI
St John-St James LS
Reedsville WI
Grades 4-5
5/5/2024
Ms Evodia Noel Grace LS
Grand Anse Saint George Grenada
St John LS
St John’s Saint John Antigua and Barbuda
ECM Director
5/5/2024
Mrs Molly Taylor Christ the Lord LS
Brookfield WI
St Jacobi LS
Greenfield WI
Grade 2
5/5/2024
Ms Tara Widholm Faith Lutheran Preschool
Sussex WI
ECM Director & Teacher
5/5/2024
Mrs Natezia Fredrick St Mark’s LS
Watertown WI
Grade 1
5/6/2024
Mrs Kirsten Larkin Bloomington LS
Bloomington MN
ECM Teacher
5/6/2024
Mrs Kelly Loberger First German LS
Manitowoc WI
Trinity LS
Brillion WI
Grades 3-4
5/6/2024
Ms Candace Greupink Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Milwaukee WI
Digital Art & Videography
5/8/2024
Mrs Lisa Gerhardt St Paul LS
Lake Mills WI
St Paul LS
Algoma WI
Lower Grades
5/12/2024
Mr Mark Zoellner Bloomington LS
Bloomington MN
Living Hope LS
Shakopee MN
Bloomington LS
Bloomington MN
Principal; Interim
5/12/2024

CALLS ACCEPTED

Pastors Current call New call Date accepted
Rev Norval Kock St Paul LS
Howards Grove WI
Manitowoc Lutheran High School
Manitowoc WI
St Paul LS
Howards Grove WI
Principal
5/5/2024
Rev Mark Voss Retired Resurrection LC
Chesapeake VA
5/5/2024
Rev Thomas Mielke Ministry of Christian Giving Fox Valley Lutheran High School
Appleton WI
Mission Advancement Director
5/9/2024
Rev Julius Buelow St Paul LC
Saginaw MI
Mt Olive LC
Lincoln NE
5/10/2024
Rev Darin Warnecke St John LC
Sturgis MI
St Paul LC
Winneconne WI
Associate Pastor
5/10/2024
Rev Nathan Cordes St John LC
Lake City MN
Ministry of Christian Giving
Christian Giving Counselor, Dakota-Montana, Nebraska, and Minnesota (south) Districts
5/12/2024
Teachers Current call New call Date accepted
Mrs Shanna Kurbis Living Hope LS
Shakopee MN
ECM Teacher
5/7/2024
Miss Elizabeth Schwartz Christ-St Peter LS-West Campus
Milwaukee WI
Grade 5
5/7/2024
Mrs MacCartney Durkee First German LS
Manitowoc WI
Grade 2
5/8/2024
Mrs Michelle Free Christ the Lord LS
Brookfield WI
ECM Teacher
5/8/2024
Mr Jeffrey Powers Good Shepherd LS
Sioux Falls SD
Grades 7-8
5/8/2024
Mrs Sarah Horn St Matthew LS
Iron Ridge WI
Mt Calvary LS
Waukesha WI
Grade 4
5/9/2024
Ms Melissa Kuehn St John LS
Redwood Falls MN
Grade 1
5/9/2024
Mr Christopher Luebke Emanuel LS
New London WI
Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School
Wauwatosa WI
Math
5/9/2024
Mrs Kathryn Luebke Fox Valley Lutheran High School
Appleton WI
Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School
Wauwatosa WI
Math
5/9/2024
Dr Jeff Potratz Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee WI
Professor of Biochemistry
5/9/2024
Mrs Andrea Cherney Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Yakima WA
Ascension Lutheran Preschool
Plymouth MN
ECM Teacher
5/11/2024
Mrs Deborah Sonntag Trinity LS
Caledonia WI
Extended Learning
5/11/2024
Mrs Emily Brusenbach Trinity-St Luke Western Ave Campus
Watertown WI
ECM Teacher
5/12/2024
Mr Sherman Carstensen Peace LS
Hartford WI
Peace LS
Hartford WI
Principal; Interim
5/12/2024
Prof Grace Hennig Martin Luther College
New Ulm MN
Peace LS
Hartford WI
Grade 8
5/12/2024
Mr John LeBlanc Faith LS
Fond du Lac WI
Faith LS
Fond du Lac WI
Director of Student Services
5/13/2024

CALLS RETURNED

Pastors Current call New call Date returned
Rev Seth Bode Bethlehem LC
Carmel IN
St Paul LC
Beverly Hills FL
5/7/2024
Rev Brian Roloff Ascension LC
Plymouth MN
Bethany LC
Manitowoc WI
Associate Pastor
5/7/2024
Rev Jonathan Bauer Good News LC
Mount Horeb WI
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee WI
Assistant Professor of Theology
5/8/2024
Rev Matthew Vogt Western Regional Mission Counselor
Las Vegas NV
Hope LC
Chino Valley AZ
Hope LC-Prescott
Prescott AZ
Associate Pastor
5/8/2024
Rev Shaun Arndt Peace LC
Sun Prairie WI
Grace LC
Waukesha WI
5/9/2024
Rev Michael Johnson Good Shepherd LC
Sioux Falls SD
St John’s LC
Jefferson WI
Associate Pastor
5/9/2024
Rev Steven Hillmer St Matthew’s LC
Oconomowoc WI
St John LC
Wrightstown WI
5/10/2024
Pastor Nathan Loersch Illumine LC
Rock Hill SC
Mt Olive LC
Suamico WI
5/11/2024
Pastor Keith Schleis Abiding Faith LC
Smyrna TN
St Paul LC
Muskego WI
Associate Pastor
5/11/2024
Rev Caleb Schultz Cross of Life LC
Mississauga ON Canada
Lamb of God LC
West Lafayette IN
5/11/2024
Rev Matthew Vik St Paul’s LC
Fort Atkinson WI
Beautiful Saviour LC
Carlsbad CA
5/11/2024
Rev Jason Strong Light of the World LC
Fairbanks AK
Redeemer LC
Yakima WA
5/12/2024
Teachers Current call New call Date returned
Mr Joshua Arndt Martin Luther LS
Oshkosh WI
Morrison Zion LS
Greenleaf WI
Grades 7-8
4/23/2024
Mr Timothy Fischer Fox Valley Lutheran High School
Appleton WI
Northland Lutheran High School
Kronenwetter WI
Science
5/1/2024
Mr Mark Kruse Our Savior LS
Grafton WI
Grades 5-6, Departmentalized
5/1/2024
Dr Mark Murphy Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee WI
FVL Schools Inc
Appleton WI
Administrator; Executive Director & Director of Instruction
5/6/2024
Ms Alexandria Rivera Good Shepherd Lutheran Academy
Deltona FL
St Matthew LS
Iron Ridge WI
ECM Teacher; 4K, 5K
5/6/2024
Mr Joshua Severeid Arizona Lutheran Academy
Phoenix AZ
Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Milwaukee WI
Grade School Band
5/7/2024
Mrs Erin Laabs Lakeside Lutheran High School
Lake Mills WI
English
5/10/2024
Mr Nathan Reich Redeemer LS
Tucson AZ
Trinity LS
Waukesha WI
Principal
5/11/2024
Staff Ministers Current call New call Date returned
Mr Ryan Busman Ministry of Christian Giving
Christian Giving Counselor, Western Wisconsin District
5/6/2024

RESIGNED

Teachers Current call Date resigned
Mrs Sheryl Birsching Trinity LS
Bay City MI
5/25/2024
Mrs Tamara Leyrer Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Milwaukee WI
6/30/2024

RETIRED

Pastors Current call Date retired
Rev Rodney Pudell Bloomington LC
Bloomington MN
Living Hope LC
Shakopee MN
6/30/2024
Teachers Current call Date retired
Mr Jeffrey Koepsell Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School
New Ulm MN
6/30/2024
Dr John Kolander Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee WI
6/30/2025

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