WELS in the News

November 16, 2021

On Nov. 12, Time magazine included an article about a novel approach to contact tracing and testing that’s being developed entirely on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Ariz. Rev. Gary Lupe, pastor at Gethsemane, Cibecue, Ariz., was interviewed for the article.

The Nov. 5 edition of the Victoria Advocate highlighted a new devotion book, 364 Days of Devotion, and featured an article on the book’s author, Rev. Andrew Schroer, pastor at Redeemer, Edna/Victoria, Texas.

October 5, 2021

On Oct. 4, the Watertown Public Opinion included a story on a bike safety rodeo called “Ridin’ with the Son in 2021,” sponsored by the tri-parish Willow Lake, Willow Lake/Bethlehem, Raymond/Peace, Clark, S.D.

The Watertown Daily Times highlighted an upcoming mission festival service at St. Mark, Watertown, Wis.

On Sept. 23, KEYC featured an article about a walkathon hosted by Risen Savior, Mankato, Minn.

September 21, 2021

On Sept. 10, WSAW TV out of Wausau, Wis., highlighted a history class at Northland Lutheran High School, Mosinee, Wis., that discussed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an event that happened before the students were born.

September 7, 2021

On Sept. 1, NBC 15 out of Madison, Wis., ran a story on Rev. Nathan Strutz, pastor at Resurrection, Verona, Wis., who just hit 50,000 lifetime miles run.

The Sept. 1 edition of the Hutchinson Leader included an article about the 125th anniversary of Zion, Hutchinson, Minn., highlighting the history of the congregation.

August 17, 2021

The Aug. 16 edition of the Daily Jefferson County Union included an article about the start of the school year for Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis.

August 3, 2021

On July 29, The Grand Island Independent in Grand Island, Neb., featured an article on the upcoming school year at Nebraska Lutheran High School, Waco, Neb.

The July 26 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted music workshops held by the Kids from Wisconsin at several of the Lighthouse Youth Center locations in Milwaukee.

On July 18, WBAY, Green Bay, Wis., featured an article about the 25th anniversary of the F5 tornado that ripped through Oakfield, Wis. Members from St. Luke, Oakfield, Wis., were interviewed about their experiences.

July 20, 2021

9News Denver included two stories on Logan Howard, a recent graduate of Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School, Commerce City, Colo.

A June 13 Prep Rally story told how Howard suffered a stroke at age 13 and worked his way back to pitch for high school baseball.

On July 12, Howard was featured again, this time about how he was honored at the 2021 MLB Draft.

On July 14, the Redwood Falls Gazette introduced Rev. Darren Green as the new inreach pastor at St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn.

The July 7 edition of the Lake Mills Leader included an article about the Lakeside Lutheran High School Warrior Band.

June 1, 2021

The Lake Mills Leader highlighted a Lakeside Lutheran High School senior who was awarded the Christianos Agape Scholarship to Martin Luther College.

May 18, 2021

The cover story of the Summer 2021 edition of Family & Friends featured the Redfield family. Rev. Tim and Megan Redfield talk about the blessings of raising their daughter, Libby, who is blind. Tim is pastor at St. Luke, Watertown, Wis.

The May 18 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., highlighted graduation at Martin Luther College.

May 4, 2021

The April 28 edition of the Watertown Daily Times included an article by Rev. Timothy Mueller from St. John, Watertown, Wis., about Confirmation Day and the importance of instruction in God’s Word.

On April 23, Fox 6 News in Milwaukee highlighted St. Paul Lutheran School, a WELS elementary school of 116 students in Franklin, Wis., that has had only one COVID-19 case since it opened in person last August.

The April 22 edition of the Beloit Daily News included an article about the groundbreaking for a new church for Amazing Grace, South Beloit, Wis.

Victor Vieth, a member at St. John, Lewiston, Minn., received the Victim Rights Legend Award at this year’s National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony. Vieth serves on the Freedom for the Captives team, a part of WELS Special Ministries that works to protect children and empower survivors of abuse.

April 20, 2021

The April 16 edition of the Lake Mills Leader included an article about the upcoming graduation at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis.

On April 9, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minn., featured an article on 113-year-old Erna Zahn as the oldest living person in Minnesota. Erna was married to Meilahn Zahn, who was a professor at Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm.

April 6, 2021

On March 30, Shoutout Atlanta included an article introducing Lucas Bitter, pastor at Intown, Atlanta, Ga. The article included photos and information about the congregation’s ministry in downtown Atlanta.

March 2, 2021

On Feb. 27, the Washington County Insider reported on the upcoming retirement of David Bartelt, the superintendent at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis., for the past 20 years, and highlighted the past ministry and future plans for the school.

KEYC News out of Mankato, Minn., reported on Bethany Lutheran College’s new graduate program on clinical mental health counseling. Bethany Lutheran College is connected to WELS’ sister synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

The Oregon Observer featured an article on the late Rev. John Moldstad, who had served as pastor at Faith, Oregon, Wis., in the early 1990s. Moldstad was serving as president of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, WELS’ sister synod, when he died in January.

On Feb. 3, the Watertown Daily Times highlighted the upcoming Mission Festival service at St. John, Watertown, Wis., which featured guest speaker Dr. Jon Bare, international recruitment director for the Pastoral Studies Institute.

On Feb. 2, the Watertown Daily Times included an article about Rev. John Braun preaching at St. Mark, Watertown, Wis., for its Mission Festival service.

In January, WTOC named Liz Henke, a teacher at Risen Savior Academy, Pooler, Ga., as a WTOC Top Teacher.

February 16, 2021

The Lake Mills Leader reported that the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team won its 11th consecutive conference title.

February 2, 2021

News Talk KFIZ reported how local WELS churches and schools in the Fond du Lac area worked together to raise more than $12,000 to purchase gift cards for 600 local medical professionals at Christmastime.

January 19, 2021

The Jan. 14 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., announced the full funding of the Betty Kohn Fieldhouse, the new athletic center at Martin Luther College.

In January, local Milwaukee media covered a story on a basketball player from Wisconsin Lutheran High School who collapsed during a game. He is okay, due to quick thinking from watching fans.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On Christmas Day 2020, WMTV in Madison, Wis., included an article about Christmas worship during the pandemic. Resurrection, Verona, Wis., was featured in that article.

December 1, 2020

The Nov. 14 edition of the Independent in Marshall, Minn., included an article about Rev. Keith Schreiner, who took a call to St. Paul’s, Cannon Falls, Minn., after serving more than two decades at Christ, Marshall.

Two schools were highlighted for receiving accreditation from WELS School Accreditation (WELSSA).

Wisconsin Lutheran School, Racine, Wis.

Faith Lutheran School, Antioch, Ill.

November 17, 2020

On Nov. 13, the Washington County Insider featured an article on Madison Depies, a junior at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis., who created and sold yard signs that support the local police department.

On Oct. 28, the Marshfield Hub City Times included an article about Ashlyn Solinsky, a member at Grace, Mosinee, Wis., and a high school freshman who wrote and published her first children’s book.

November 3, 2020

On Oct. 31, the Brainerd Dispatch featured Clifford and Margaret Rabe, members of Trinity, Lake City, Minn., who were honored as the longest current wedded couple—79 years—in Minnesota.

The Mobridge Tribune included a photo of a historic home that burned to the ground in late October. The “White Building” was used as a dormitory among other things by Northwestern Lutheran Academy, Mobridge, S.D., a WELS preparatory high school open from 1928 to 1979.

The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., reported that Martin Luther College is switching to distance learning for the rest of the semester due to increased COVID-19 cases on campus.

Three different newspapers highlighted WELS schools that received exemplary accreditation by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA).

Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis.
Faith Lutheran School, Antioch, Ill.
Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, S.D.

October 20, 2020

The Oct. 1 edition of the Capital Journal included an article on the 50th anniversary of Redeemer, Pierre, S.D.

The Sept. 22 edition of the Kenosha News included an article on the naming of Anna Becker, a senior at Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., as the vice president of service projects for the Wisconsin HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

October 6, 2020

The Herald Times Reporter introduced Rev. Matt Zimpelmann as the new pastor at Immanuel, Manitowoc, Wis.

The Waushara Argus shared that Peace, Wautoma, Wis., is inviting the community’s youth to join its Lutheran Boy and Girl Pioneers program.

The Fond du Lac Reporter reported that Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis., purchased land to build a new school.

The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch featured Rev. Jonathan Kruschel, who announced his retirement after serving at St. John, Redwood Falls, Minn., for more than 30 years.

September 15, 2020

On Sept. 4, We Are Green Bay highlighted St. Paul Lutheran School, Green Bay, Wis., and its safety measures as it offers in-person instruction when many other area schools are using distance learning.


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