WELS in the News

May 3, 2022

On April 24, The Verona Press included an article about Rev. Nathan Strutz. He has served at Resurrection, Verona, Wis., since 2010 and recently took a call to Tree of Life, Cary, N.C.

The Third Infantry Division made a video highlighting a chaplaincy symposium held at Fort Stewart Hunter Army Airbase. WELS military contact pastors were able to attend as part of their yearly workshop.

April 5, 2022

The March 29 edition of the Washington County Daily News reported that Morning Star, Jackson, Wis., began construction on an early childhood center as well as an addition to its elementary school.

On March 21, a Green Bay TV station featured a story on how St. Mark Lutheran School, De Pere, Wis., is teaching its students about what is happening in Ukraine and adopting the country as one its mission projects for the year.

March 8, 2022

On March 2, FOX19 Now from Cincinnati, Ohio, featured a story on Ukrainian Lutheran Church (ULC) Bishop V’yacheslav Horpynchuk and his two sons who are defending their home country. His one son, Vlad, previously served as a vicar at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Cincinnati. The ULC is WELS’ sister church in Ukraine.

February 15, 2022

On Feb. 11, The Monroe News featured a story on Rev. Gregory Sitzman, the new pastor at Zion, Monroe, Mich.

The Feb. 8 edition of WISCNEWS included an article about the 14 musicians from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis., who will be attending the West Regional Band Festival in March.

February 1, 2022

The Jan. 31 edition of the Seehafer News announced plans from Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis., to start a building expansion in June.

News 8000 included an article about how the community is supporting a freshman at Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., who is battling a brain tumor.

January 18, 2022

CBS 58 in Milwaukee, Wis., featured a story on filmmaker Mr. Steve Boettcher, WELS member and producer of WELS Connection, who spent 10 years creating a film about Betty White, which was released Jan. 17 on what would have been White’s 100th birthday.

December 21, 2021

On Nov. 27, Southwest Regional Publishing included an article about how two teens from Illinois Lutheran High School, Crete, Ill., coordinated a toy drive to benefit a local children’s hospital.

December 7, 2021

The Milwaukee BizTimes reported Nov. 19 on the progress of St. Marcus School’s expansion and renovations at its third location in Milwaukee.

Rev. Jason Hacker, Grace, Waukesha, Wis., was interviewed by NewsNation on Nov. 22 following the Christmas parade tragedy in Waukesha.

On Nov. 23, Fox 11 highlighted students at St. Mark’s, Green Bay, Wis., who assembled 600 meal kits to distribute to those in need in their community.

The New Ulm Journal featured the four recipients of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School’s “Spirit of MVL” award on Nov. 24.

On Nov. 25, NBC 15 featured the story of Jonah Heyerholm’s recovery after a boating accident. Jonah is a student at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis.

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.


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