Clergy Call and Status

Clergy Calls


(current as of September 19, 2023)

  Current Congregation  Calling Congregation
 Brett Cornelius, May 2023  Gethsemane, Marion OH  Holy Cross, Vandalia IL
 Matthew Bergstresser, July 2023  St. Luke's, Wisconsin Rapids WI  Good Shepherd of the Deaf & Immanuel, Toledo OH
 Craig Donofrio, Aug 2023  St. James, Cleveland OH  Redeemer, Willmar MN
 Philip McClelland, Aug 2023  candidate, Ohio District  FaithWalk, Brunswick OH
 James Jordan, Aug 2023  Vine and Branches, Aldie VA  St. James, Columbus OH
 Garrett Buvinghausen, Sept 2023  Resurrection, Fredricksburg TX  Bethany, Wellington OH
 David Schultz, May 2023  St. Paul, Wood River IL  St. Thomas, Rocky River OH
 Richard Schneider, May 2023  Atonement, Columbus OH St. Michael's, Richville MI
 Andrew Wilson, May 2023  Trinity, Zanesville OH  St. Matthew, Worthington MN
 Paul Sundbom, May 2023

 St. Paul's, Painesville OH

 St. Paul's, Tunkhannock PA
 Richard Schneider, June 2023  Atonement, Columbus OH  Immanuel, Brandon FL
 David Woolsey, July 2023  Faith, Avon OH  Lord of Glory, Elk River MN
 Derrick Hurst, July 2023  Living Word, Galena OH  Cross of Christ, Bloomfield Hills MI
 Jim Murr Jr., July 2023  Bethlehem, West Dundee IL  Bethany, Erlanger KY
 Jim Haugen, Aug 2023  St. John, Strongsville OH  Zion, Clark NJ
 Paul J. Pfotenhauer, Aug 2023  Bethel, Westmont IL  Beautiful Savior, Powell OH
 Bryan D. Schindel, Aug 2023  Cross & Resurrection Chapel and St. Mark's (MI)  Redeemer, Convoy OH
 Michael Hughes, Aug 2023  Perrysburg OH  St. Thomas, Rocky River OH
 Kurt Klingbeil, Sept 2023  St. Johns, Wapakoneta & Emmanuel, Van Wert OH  Trinity, Gaylord & Mt. Hope, Graling MI
 Jim Haugen, Jr, Sept 2023  St. John, Strongsville OH  St. John, White Creek IN
 Paul Schlueter, Sept 2023  St. Paul, Milford Center OH  Trinity, Evansville IN
 Ryan Kleimola, Sept 2023  Trinity, Toledo OH  Holy Trinity, Bowling Green KY






 Installation*  Date and Congregation
 James Jordan  October 1, 2023
     St. James Lutheran Church, Columbus OH
 Philip McClelland  October 15, 2023
     Faithwalk Lutheran Church, Brunswick OH
 Zachary H. Roll

 Ordination  June 4, 2023
   Zion Lutheran Church, Holyoke CO
 Installation  July 16, 2023
   Gethsemane Lutheran Church, North Jackson OH

 Brandon M. Bettcher

 Ordination  June 11, 2023
   St. Peter Lutheran Church, Macomb MI
 Installation  July 16, 2023
   St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon OH

 James A. Haugen III

 Ordination & Installation  June 25, 2023
   St. John Lutheran Church, Holgate OH

 Dale R. Krienke

 Ordination & Installation  July 2, 2023
   Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austintown OH

 Anthony M. Keilani  Ordination & Installation  July 16, 2023
   Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sidney OH




*Please check with each congregation that information on installations/ordinations has not changed since our office received the information. Thank you.

Clergy Status


Status Change 


 David Schinbeckler    Emeritus status    July 1, 2023
 Danny Koch    Emeritus status    August 13, 2023
 Raymond Holman    Candidate status    August 26, 2023
 Keith Herzing    Emeritus status    September 1, 2023


 Bruce Breudigam    Jerome Mitchell    
 Raymond Holman    Paul Nus    
 Jeremy Kleino    Karl Rein    
 Kevin Leidich    Daniel Ruff    
 Philip McClelland        


 Carl E. Zahrte    Emeritus, Ohio District     November 6, 2022
 Roger N. Vernick    Emeritus, Ohio District    December 11, 2022
 Mark E. Heuser    Emeritus, Ohio District    December 16, 2022
 Norman J. Rehmer    Emeritus, Ohio District    July 1, 2023
 Gerald P. Heimlich    Emeritus, Ohio District    August 29, 2023



Vicars & Interns



Interns (2023-2024)

Elizabeth Dobbelaire, Zion Lutheran Church, Painesville OH, Deaconess
Dalton Rau, Living Word Ev. Lutheran Church, Galena OH. DCE


Vicars (2023-2024)

Timothy Contreras, St. John Lutheran Church, Dublin OH
Alexander Hinojosa, Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Columbus OH
Ethan Luft, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, North Canton OH
Matthew Kinne, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hamilton OH


Placement Reports


Spring 2023 Placement Report

Spring graduates placed in Ohio District congregations

  • Christ, Mantua OH; Blake J. Martzowka - CTSFW
  • Gethsemane, North Jackson OH; Zachary Roll - CSL
  • Redeemer, Austintown OH; Dale R. Krienke - CTSFW
  • Redeemer, Sidney OH; Anthony M. Keilani - CTSFW
  • St. John, Holgate OH; James A. Haugen III - CTSFW
  • St. Paul, Napoleon OH; Brandon Bettcher - CSL


 Fall 2022 Placement Report
    (through TAALC)

  •  Chris Caughey (TAALC) serving Trinity, Maysville, KY (LCMS) and St. Paul, Augusta, KY (TAALC)