WELS in the News

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.

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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.

September 1, 2020

In August, Fox 11 shared two stories about how St. Mark’s Ministries, De Pere, Wis., held a Fill the Bus School Supply Drive to collect school supplies for families in need at another local grade school.

Aug. 20 story (collecting the supplies)

Aug. 24 story (delivering the supplies)

On Aug. 20, KNUJ Radio highlighted the back-to-school plan of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Arlington, Minn.

August 18, 2020

On Aug. 10, the Citrus County Chronicle reported that St. Paul, Beverly Hills, Fla., recently welcomed a new vicar, Joel Prange.

The Aug. 6 edition of the Watertown Daily Times included an article on Marilin Bock, who retired this June from teaching at St. Mark’s Lutheran School, Watertown, Wis.

August 4, 2020

The July 31 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel included an article about the plan of Zion, South Milwaukee, Wis., to build a new sanctuary and daycare center on the same property as its grade school. Its goal is to hold a groundbreaking Aug. 30.

The July 29 edition of the Milwaukee Business Journal highlighted the plan of St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis., to add a third campus that eventually can accommodate more than 600 students. The school’s current enrollment is 950 students.

On July 28, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on MLC’s new president, Rev. Richard Gurgel.

On July 28, Prairie Publishing in Minnesota ran an article about Rev. Paul Meitner, who is the new pastor at Zion, Winthrop, Minn.

On July 24, mykxlg.com included a story about the $5 million expansion for Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, S.D. The high school had a groundbreaking ceremony coupled with a graduation ceremony on July 25.

The July 22 edition of the Bluffton Icon reported on the retirement of Rev. Alois Schmitzer III, pastor at Trinity, Jenera, Ohio, since 1988.

July 21, 2020

The July 17 edition of The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., announced that Martin Luther College received a $64,400 check from New Ulm businesses and retired business owners for its Equipping Christian Witnesses campaign.

On July 1, The Free Press in Mankato, Minn., included an article about Jenny Haugen and her music. Haugen serves as an adjunct music professor and voice instructor at Martin Luther College.

July 7, 2020

Keith Wordell was featured in the June 21 edition of the Kenosha News. Wordell serves as a teacher and band instructor at Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis.

The June 26 edition of St. James Plaindealer announced the retirement of Rev. Martin Lopahs, who served his last 28 years in the ministry at St. Paul, St. James, Minn.

June 16, 2020

The June 10 edition of mLive reported that high wind gusts damaged Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s softball dugout in Saginaw.

The Milwaukee Courier Online shared how Christian Family Solutions partners with schools to provide students mental health services.

June 2, 2020

The Detroit Free Press published a story about how the flooding in Midland, Mich., affected Holy Scripture Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Synod).

The New Ulm Journal, New Ulm, Minn., published a story about MLC President Mark Zarling’s retirement.

CBS 58 out of Milwaukee, Wis., ran a story about a preschool teacher and a teacher’s aide at Peace Lutheran School, Hartford, Wis., who are retiring after ending their careers during a pandemic.

Karen Wilsmann, a teacher from Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wis., was featured in the Herald Times Report. She is retiring after 41 years of teaching.

The Lake Mills Leader reported that Lakeside Lutheran senior Madelyn Plitzuweit received the annual Ryan J. Zweifel Memorial Scholarship for those entering the WELS teaching ministry.

May 19, 2020

On May 17, WISN Channel 12 in Milwaukee, Wis., featured two WELS churches and the precautions they took as they began in-person worship services and in-person communion again.

The May 14 edition of the Fond du Lac Reporter included photos of teachers and staff members from Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, Wis., celebrating seniors as families drove by the school.

The May 11 edition of the Kenosha News reported that Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., was recognized as a “distinguished school” for providing broad student access to STEM programs.

On May 6, the Belle Plaine Herald reported on the retirement of Mr. Dan Whitney from Trinity Lutheran School, Belle Plaine, Minn. Whitney served as principal for the school for the past 15 years.

May 5, 2020

On May 5, the Daily Herald, Arlington, Ill., included an article about St. John’s Lutheran School in Libertyville, Ill., and how it continued teaching its students through distance learning after closing in March due to COVID-19. It included a photo of St. John’s children honoring first responders as part of its weekly “Spirit days.”

On May 1, Spectrum News featured an article about how graduating seniors at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wis., prepared video messages to thank their professors who impacted them during their college years.

On April 30, Local 10 News out of Miami, Fla., reported on the “senior roll” at Divine Savior Academy, Doral, Fla., in which graduating seniors lined up in their cars and drove around campus as they were greeted and cheered on by their teachers.

On April 24, WTXL Channel 12 out of Tallahassee, Fla., interviewed Rev. Joel Russow from Faith, Tallahassee, Fla., about the clean-up process after an EF-1 tornado hit the area. Faith Lutheran Church lost some trees and its playground was crushed, but the church building wasn’t damaged.

April 21, 2020

The Minnesota media highlighted two WELS members over the age of 100. KARE 11 shared how 112-year-old Erna Zahn celebrated her birthday in New Ulm, Minn. The Star Tribune reported on 104-year-old Vera Mueller, a member at St. Matthew, Winona, Minn., and how she survived COVID-19.

The York News-Times had an article on how Nebraska Lutheran High School, Waco, Neb., is providing free weekday noon meals for those in the Waco community who need them—especially seniors or those with compromised health.

The April 10 edition of the Santa Maria Times reported on how local churches were holding Easter services online. Included in the story was an interview with Rev. Michael Foley from Star of Bethlehem, Santa Maria, Calif., on how the congregation was serving its members and community online.

On April 9, the Kenosha News shared how teachers and students from Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, Wis., adapted to distance learning after the school was physically closed due to COVID-19.

On April 8, the Watertown Public Opinion reported that a tri-parish of WELS congregations in Willow Lake, Raymond, and Clark arranged to have four WELS films produced by WELS Evangelism broadcast on its local cable station.

On April 2, The Journal in New Ulm, Minn., featured an article on “screen school,” what Hannah Scharf named the family’s at-home schooling since schools have closed due to COVID-19. The Scharfs go to school at St. Paul, New Ulm, Minn.

On March 31, Spectrum News 1 reported how Time of Grace pastor, Rev. Mike Novotny, had to hurry home from Israel before travel was banned due to COVID-19. Novotny was supposed to lead a tour in Israel and had traveled there a week ahead to explore. The tour was canceled and has been rescheduled for next January.

March 3, 2020

Voyage ATL conducted an interview with Rev. Lucas Bitter, who is pastor at Intown Lutheran Church in downtown Atlanta.

The Feb. 28 edition of the Kenosha News included a story on Rev. Dustin Bergene, the new pastor at Zion, Bristol, Wis.

On Feb. 25, Seehafernews.com reported on a coin drive held at Bethany Lutheran School, Manitowoc, Wis., in order to raise money for a gymnasium renovation.

On Feb. 23, Fox 9 highlighted a couple from St. John, Minneapolis, Minn., who has been married for 75 years.

WJFW featured a story on a team of elementary students from our Savior, Wausau, Wis., getting ready to compete in a worldwide robotics competition this spring.

On Feb. 18, News19 out of La Crosse, Wis., ran an interview with Rev. Andrew Schultz about the 150th anniversary celebration of St. John, Barre Mills, Wis.

The Palm Coast Observer announced that Caleb Rimpel, a seventh-grader at Christ the King, Palm Coast, Fla., won the 2020 Flagler County Spelling Bee.

February 18, 2020

On Feb. 14, KEYC highlighted Martin Luther College’s “Equipping Christian Witnesses” campaign, which will support student recruitment, student financial aid, and student facilities.

The Feb. 13 edition of the Watertown Daily Times reported on an open house for the 3K, 4K, 5K, first- and second-grade classrooms of Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran School, Watertown, Wis.

On Feb. 12, TMJ4 in Milwaukee, Wis., included a story on how the quick action of an off-duty firefighter paramedic saved the life of a fellow parishioner during worship at Friedens, Kenosha, Wis.

On Feb. 10, the Lake Mills Leader announced the tenth straight conference championship of the forensics team of Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wis.

The Feb. 5 edition of the Washington County Insider reported on Jacob Stoltz’s 1,000 points in his high school basketball career. Stoltz is a senior at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, Wis.

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