Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Pastor, teacher, and staff minister call report
8/30/2022 – 9/5/2022

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


NO DECISION REPORTED

Pastors Current call New call Date issued
Rev Timothy Denney Shepherd of the Hills LC
Duluth MN
Immanuel LC
Neenah WI
Pastor
7/26/2022
Rev Frederic Berger St Paul’s LC
Plymouth NE
Immanuel LC
Greenville WI
Associate Pastor
8/7/2022
Rev John Ehlers Cross of Glory LC
Peoria AZ
Trinity LC
Saline MI
Associate Pastor
8/7/2022
Rev Joel Hoff Trinity LC
Neenah WI
Multi-Language Productions
TELL Missionary
8/9/2022
Rev Paul Micheel St Paul LC
Grant Park IL
St Paul’s LC
Fort Atkinson WI
Associate Pastor
8/11/2022
Rev Mark Westra Prince of Peace LC
Fairport NY
Bethlehem LC
Menomonee Falls WI
Associate Pastor
8/14/2022
Rev Paul Hirsch St Paul’s LC
Norfolk NE
Faith LC
River Falls WI
Pastor
8/14/2022
Rev Benjamin Golisch St Paul LC
Slinger WI
Salem LC
Loretto MN
Associate Pastor
8/14/2022
Rev N. Mielke III Ascension LC
Sarasota FL
Grace LC
Eau Claire MI
Pastor
8/14/2022
Rev Stephen Luchterhand Trinity LC
Minocqua WI
Redeemer LC
Tucson AZ
Associate Pastor
8/14/2022
Rev David Birsching St Paul LC
Tacoma WA
Faith LC
Harrison MI
St John LC
Clare MI
Pastor
8/15/2022
Rev Benjamin Phelps Grace LC
Kenai AK
Hope LC
Chino Valley AZ &
Prescott AZ
Pastor
8/15/2022
Rev Jason Liebenow St Paul LC
Tipler WI
St Mark’s LC
Iron River MI
St John’s LC
Florence WI
Peace LC
Hartford WI
Associate Pastor
8/16/2022
Rev Matthew Kiecker St John LC
Lomira WI
Faith LC
Elizabeth IL
Our Savior LC
Freeport IL
Pastor
8/16/2022
Rev Dale Reckzin St John LC
Oak Creek WI
Our Savior’s LC
Wausau WI
Pastor
8/16/2022
Rev Paul Cerny Immanuel LC
Campbellsport WI
St Matthew LC
Danube MN &
Renville MN (Flora) &
St John LC
Renville MN
Pastor
8/17/2022
Rev Gregory Lyon Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee WI
St John St James LC
Reedsville WI
Associate Pastor
8/18/2022
Rev Jonathan Scharf Abiding Grace LC
Covington GA
Our Savior LC
Perry MI
Pastor
8/18/2022
Rev Steven Saatkamp Emmanuel LC
Hudson WI
Green Valley LC
Henderson NV
Pastor
8/18/2022
Rev James Grabitske Trinity LC
Buffalo MN
St Paul LC
Montrose MN
Emanuel Redeemer LC
Yale MI
Pastor
8/20/2022
Rev David Wietzke Crown of Life LC
Pueblo West CO
Good Shepherd LC
Pipestone MN
St John LC
Lake Benton MN
Pastor
8/21/2022
Rev Thadeus Flitter Zion LC
Valentine NE
Ascension LC
Antigo WI
Pastor
8/21/2022
Rev Robert Weiss St Peter LC
Chilton WI
Pilgrim LC
Minneapolis MN
Pastor
8/21/2022
Rev Matthew Hennig Christ LC
North St Paul MN &
Hugo MN
Living Word LC
Montrose CO
Pastor
8/21/2022
Rev Matthew Krenke St John’s LC
Jefferson WI
Mt Olive LC
Las Vegas NV
Pastor
8/21/2022
Rev Nathan Cordes St John LC
Lake City MN
Our Shepherd LC
Lancaster CA
Pastor
8/22/2022
Rev David Barkow Christ the Lord LC
Cottage Grove MN
Pilgrim LC
Menomonee Falls WI
Associate Pastor
8/22/2022
Rev Christian Marquardt St James LC
Milwaukee WI
Grace LC
Neenah WI
Pastor
8/23/2022
Rev Benjamin Blumer NorthCross LC
Lakeville MN
New Mission Start
Windsor CO
Pastor
8/23/2022
Rev Walter Gawel IV Victory LC
Lexington KY
Mount Olive LC
Appleton WI
Associate Pastor
8/23/2022
Rev Paul Schaewe St John LC
Bay City MI
St Paul’s LC
North Mankato MN
Associate Pastor
8/23/2022
Rev Matthew Natsis Good Shepherd LC
Livermore CA
St Paul’s LC
Broken Bow NE
Pastor
8/24/2022
Rev Jared Oldenburg Eternal Rock LC
Castle Rock CO
Board for Home Missions
Administrator
8/25/2022
Rev Jonathan Zimpelmann St John LC
Hastings MN
Our Savior LC
Grafton WI
Pastor
8/25/2022
Rev Stephen Melso Bethany LC
Manitowoc WI
Peace LC
Livonia MI
Pastor
8/25/2022
Rev Stephen Kuehl Shepherd of Peace LC
Powell OH
Riverview LC
Appleton WI
Associate Pastor
8/25/2022
Rev Steven Saatkamp Emmanuel LC
Hudson WI
Ascension LC
Jacksonville NC
Pastor
8/25/2022
Rev Dr Timothy Bourman Sure Foundation LC
Queens NY
Truth In Love Ministry
Nampa ID
Pastor
8/26/2022
Rev Emile Burgess Crown of Life LC
West Saint Paul MN
Trinity LC
Marinette WI
Pastor
8/27/2022
Rev Peter Korthals St Paul LC
Amherst NH
Beautiful Savior LC
South Portland ME
St Peter LC
Saint Peter MN
Associate Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Jeremiah Gumm King of Kings LC
Maitland FL
Trinity LC
Neenah WI
Associate Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Jason Free Christ the Lord LC
Brookfield WI
Peace LC
King of Prussia PA
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Michael Zarling Water of Life LC – Racine Campus
Racine WI
St John’s LC
Juneau WI
Associate Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Brett Brauer Trinity LC
Watertown WI
Faith LC
Antioch IL
Associate Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Steven Saatkamp Emmanuel LC
Hudson WI
Abiding Love LC
Cape Coral FL
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Andrew Ewings Resurrection LC
Verona WI
Grace LC
Spring Hill FL
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Jeremiah Gumm King of Kings LC
Maitland FL
Timothy LC
Saint Louis Park MN
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Joshua Schultz Mountain View LC
Great Falls MT
Immanuel LC
Salem OR
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Paul Schulz Risen Savior LC
Chula Vista CA
Redeemer LC
Mandan ND
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev John Berg Divinity LC
Saint Paul MN
St John LC
Riga MI
Pastor
8/28/2022
Rev Thomas Jeske Living Hope LC
Omaha NE
St Peter LC
Juneau WI
Pastor; Part-Time Call
8/29/2022
Rev Joel McKenney St Paul LC
Algoma WI
St John LC
Fox Lake WI
Pastor
8/30/2022
Rev Joel Stuebs St Peter LC
Mishicot WI
New Life LC
Rockford IL
Pastor
8/30/2022
Rev James Turriff Gloria Dei LC
Memphis TN
Gethsemane LC
Oklahoma City OK
Pastor
8/30/2022
Rev Lucas Bitter Intown LC
Atlanta GA
Asia One Team
Missionary
9/1/2022
Rev Frank Italiano Jr Trinity LC
Crete IL
Good Shepherd LC
West Bend WI
Associate Pastor
9/1/2022
Rev John Schwartz Redeemer LC
Pierre SD
St Peter LC
Modesto CA
Pastor
9/1/2022
Rev Samuel Biebert Christ LC
Cambridge MN
Our Savior’s LC
East Brunswick NJ
Pastor
9/1/2022
Teachers Current call New call Date issued
Miss Jamie Buss St John LS
Wrightstown WI
St John LS
Wrightstown WI
ECM Director
7/18/2022
Staff Ministers Current call New call Date issued
Mr Randel Fink St Paul LC
Muskego WI
Michigan Lutheran High School
Saint Joseph MI
President
8/17/2022
Mr Stephen Pankow Good Shepherd LC
Sioux Falls SD
Principal
8/21/2022


CALLS ACCEPTED

Pastors Current call New call Date accepted
Prof em James Pope Retired St Mark LC
Leesburg FL
Pastor; Retirement Call, Part-Time seasonal pastor November 22 to April 2023
9/2/2022
Rev Clinton Kreuziger Crown of Life LC
Marietta OH
St Andrew LC
Middleton WI
Associate Pastor; Service & Outreach
9/4/2022
Teachers Current call New call Date accepted
Mrs Linda Ebeling St John LS
Milwaukee WI
St John LS
Milwaukee WI
Teacher; Less-Than-Half Time, Retirement Call, Upper Grades
8/10/2022
Staff Ministers Current call New call Date accepted
Mr Philip Boileau Mt Olive LC
Suamico WI
Mt Olive LC
Suamico WI
Congregation Staff Minister; Less-Than-Half Time, Retirement Call
9/1/2022


CALLS DECLINED

Pastors Current call New call Date declined
Rev Joshua Sternhagen Living Hope LC
Commerce City CO
Salem LC
Woodbury MN
Pastor
8/30/2022
Rev Jeffrey Schmidt Emanuel LC
Flint MI
Our Redeemer’s LC
Martin SD
Rock of Ages LC
Gordon NE
Pastor
9/1/2022
Rev Dennis Klatt Holy Trinity LC
New Hope MN
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Mequon WI
Professor; PSI Director
9/2/2022
Rev Eric Roecker Commission on Evangelism Resurrection LC
Aurora IL
Associate Pastor
9/2/2022
Rev Brett Krause Zion LC
Denver CO
Good Shepherd LC
Holmen WI
Pastor
9/2/2022
Rev Andrew Schroer Redeemer LC
Edna TX
New Mission Start
Collinsville IL
Pastor
9/3/2022
Rev Nathan Fager St Paul LC
Monroe MI
Grace LC
Manitowoc WI
Pastor
9/3/2022
Pastor John Raasch Sr Bethel LC
Menasha WI
Pan de Vida LC
Garden Grove CA
Pastor
9/3/2022
Rev Joshua Odell Christ LC
Eagle River WI
Christ Our Rock LC
Rochester MN
Pastor
9/3/2022
Rev Matthew Reis Trinity LC
Bangor MI
St John LC
Sturgeon Bay WI
Pastor
9/3/2022
Rev James Backus St Mark’s LC
Watertown WI
St Paul’s LC
Rapid City SD
Associate Pastor
9/4/2022
Rev Matthew Pfeifer Lincoln Heights LC
Des Moines IA
St John LC
Kendall WI
St Matthew LC
Ontario WI
Pastor
9/5/2022


CALLED TO ETERNAL GLORY

Teachers Home church Death date
Mrs Cleo Walling St John LC
Westland MI
8/30/2022


RETIREMENT

Pastors Current call Date retired
Rev Lee Kuhns Peace LC
Kissimmee FL
8/25/2022
Teachers Current call Date retired
Mrs Betty Bethke St John LS
Hemlock MI
6/30/2022
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