The Northwestern Ohio Synod is pleased to announce Kent V. Wilson as our new Director of Leadership Development and Congregational Vitality.

Kent Wilson holds a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and taught Vocational Agriculture and FFA for two years before being called to ministry. His family is currently the sixth generation to live on his Jenera-area family farm.

As one of five Lutheran pastors in his family, Kent is very familiar with the power of God’s call. He attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and served his internship in Frankfurt, Germany with an English-Speaking congregation. During his time in Ministry, Kent has greatly enjoyed pastoring congregations in Hamler, Willard, and Lima Ohio. Throughout his service he has taken great joy in supervising nine interns.

In his ministry as a pastor, Kent has specialized in the art of using media in worship and teaching, a topic on which he has authored a book. He also is dedicated to the importance of physical fitness and is a certified personal trainer with his own fitness system. In addition to participating in a high-level pastor’s coaching network, Kent is a trained as a church consultant and has spent several years learning more about secular marketing and self-management / entrepreneurial mindsets. He also aspires to read 50 books every year.

Kent is passionate about being useful. While growing up on a farm with old machinery and few tools, he developed a knack for using whatever was on hand to accomplish what needed to be done. He hopes to transfer this skill to the synod; helping to guide people into new roles and develop leaders in a way that better accomplishes what our synod is called to do and be.

This year, Kent and his wife, Colleen, celebrated thirty years of marriage. Together, they are the parents of Chase (23), Clay (20), and Karis (17).

As the Director of Leadership Development and Congregational Vitality, Kent will:

  • Help develop a culture that encourages and assists leadership to create communities that thrive in a framework of discipleship
  • Recruit and empower leaders for new mission opportunities through interpreting the culture of local communities to ensure relevance and congregational vitality
  • Lead the cultivation of systems to insure sustainable stewardship and financial development for synodical Mission Support
  • Accompany and equip synodical leaders to engage in local contexts, analyze community assets and incorporate diverse populations by forming and bringing to life the mission and vision of the synod

Kent will begin September 18th and can be reached at kent.wilson@nwos-elca.org . He will be available (after September 18th) to congregations for leading retreats, stewardship development, assisting in vision and mission processes, and preaching and teaching.

(We will often refer to this position simply as the Director of Congregational Vitality, abbreviated as DCV.)