Military Services

The WELS Military Services Committee provides spiritual services to WELS members and others who serve in the United States Armed Forces, including those in the National Guard and the Reserves.

The committee carries out its mission through a full-time civilian chaplain in Europe, and a national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military, and a network of WELS military contact pastors across the United States.

As WELS’ national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military, Pastor Paul Ziemer maintains regular contact with many WELS troops and their families. He orients, trains, and mentors new WELS military contact pastors.  Military Services offers military contact pastors online training resources at and regularly conducts training conferences for them. When military clearance and funding permit, Pastor Ziemer supervises periodic chaplain trips to the Middle East or other areas of hostility.

One hundred twenty-two WELS pastors who live near military installations in the continental U.S. and select nations overseas stand ready to serve our military personnel and their families as part-time WELS civilian chaplains.

Send the names and addresses of those serving in the military or living in Europe via the online referral form or to the Commission on Special Ministries at N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Parents who have questions about military service and military ministry can find useful information on the Military Parents FAQ page.


To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces and with civilians who live far away from their home congregations.


When you or a loved one is stationed stateside, a nearby WELS pastor and congregation are ready to serve with Word and Sacraments. Over a hundred WELS pastors have been asked to serve area military installations as “Military Contact Pastors.”

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Do you or someone you know serve in the Armed Forces? Military personnel (including National Guard and the Reserves) can receive devotions and other spiritual help materials in the mail or by email. Please complete the online referral form.

Military Ministry Videos

Find the accompanying video guides and more resources from Military Services for new recruits, active duty military members, and the churches who serve them on the WELS Resource Center.

Military Devotions

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