Resources for Congregations

Northwestern Ohio Synod

The following resources are available on our website to assist congregations in the Northwestern Ohio Synod as they live their mission in Christ.

Supply Pastors

The recommended honorarium for one worship service is $150 plus mileage according to the latest IRS accepted rate. For additional services, scheduled within three (3) to four (4) hours of the conclusion of the initial worship service, whether at the same congregation or at another, as in two-point parishes, an additional $50 per service should be paid plus any additional mileage. If needed, expenses for lodging and meals are to be paid by the congregation at the reimbursable rate agreed upon between the pastor and the congregation.


Rev. Shari Ayers
205 Prairiecreek Way
Columbus, OH 43213-7633
614-460-0186  (available to southern part of synod)

Rev. Charles Boomhower
220 Eastview Dr.
Coldwater, OH 45828
419-763-1266 (H)
614-506-5595 (C)

Rev. Dana Bjorlin
450 Edgewood Dr
Wauseon, OH 43567
419-335-0831  (o)

Rev. Richard Buchsteiner
449 Oakwood Avenue
Bryan OH 43506-1628
419 636-2304

Rev. Jim Budke
5351 Sugar Ridge Rd
Pemberville, OH 43450

Rev. Christian Dittmar
15372 Bear Creek Ct
Findlay, OH 45840
419-425-5453 (h)
419-348-9290 (cell)

Rev. James Dumke
Lutheran Homes
2021 N. McCord Rd.
Toledo, OH 43615
419-708-4998 (cell)

Rev. Roger Giese
413 Dogwood Lane
Carey, OH 43316

Rev. John Ferne
5727 E. Mystic Bay Blvd.
Marblehead, OH 43440-9685

Rev. William Fink
7707 Shadywood Lane
Sylvania, OH 43560

Rev. William Hutflies
78 Summerfield Blvd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402-8809
419-819-4723 (h)
419-276-5330 (c)

Rev. Karl Kessler
303 E 11th St
Port Clinton, OH 43452
419-732-3774  (emergencies only)

Rev. Doris Mars
50 Chorus Lane
Toledo, OH 43615-6024
419-699-3382 (h)

Rev. Douglas Meyer
1207 Queensbury Drive
Celina, OH 45822
419-586-8892 (h)
419-953-6302 (c)

Rev. Don Pletcher
205 Beaver St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

Rev. Tim Rothfuss
12060 Eckel Junction
Perrysburg, OH 4355
1419-874-3179 (h) [preferred] 419-350-3656 (c)

Rev. Clyde Singh
131 North Wheeling Street
Toledo, OH 43605-1544
419-308-9878 (cell)

Rev. Jaci Tiell
5072 Eagles Landing Drive
Oregon, OH 43616-114

Rev. Fred Wiechers
132 Sycamore Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857-1941

Rev. Mike Wiechers
520 S. Poplar Street
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-561-1709 [dates available: May through October]

Rev. Art Wilde
128 Northcliff Drive
Findlay, OH 45840

Rev. David Wietelmann
20758 West SR 105
Woodville, OH 43469-9402
419-862-2969  [emergencies only]

Lay, Non-communion Sunday Leaders

Jeannine Grimm, SAM
17326 Reams Road
Bowling Green, OH  43402
C: 419.261.6480

Gene Luidhardt – SAM
1769 State Route 19
Bucyrus, OH 4820

Jim Martin-Lay
26359 Winchester Drive
Defiance, OH 43512
419-262-5033 (cell) 

Laura Scherer – Deacon
4913 New England Lane Apt. #102
Sylvania, OH 43560-3015
419-410-5029 (cell)

Mary Ann Siefke – Lay
20891 W. Toledo Street
Williston, Oh 43468

Updated: March, 22 2017

Congregational Constitution Resources

Every congregation should have an updated constitution in line with the ELCA Model Constitution.  Please use the resources below as a guide and call the synod office if you have questions.   The NWOS Constitutions Committee is a resource as congregations are in the process of updating their constitution, and the Synod Council must approve each congregational constitution once it is ratified at a legal congregational meeting.  Contact the Synod Office for more information and questions:  419.423.3664.

NWOS and ELCA Constitutions

NWOS Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions


ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions


Congregational Remittance Form


Just a quick reminder that when submitting a check from the congregation to the Synod Office it must be accompanied by a Congregational Remittance Form. The checks are picked up from a PO Box and the bank deposits them immediately. When you send in a check without the Remittance Form, the bank returns the checks to us, so it is imperative to always include the Remittance Form.

Checks and forms should be sent to NWOS-ELCA, PO Box 981, Findlay, OH 45839. Please do NOT send checks to the office at 621 Bright Road.


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Sexual Misconduct Policy


The Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is committed to preventing sexual misconduct within its member congregations and all other ministry settings. Such settings need to be safe places for all.

The intent of this document is to establish guidelines for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct by rostered leaders on the ELCA roster of the Northwestern Ohio Synod. If allegations of sexual misconduct are reported  to the Northwestern Ohio Synod Office of the Bishop, this document outlines the process that is used to review such complaints. Because each case of sexual misconduct brings with it individual circumstances, the Bishop re­serves the right to modify this process as necessary for the resolution of each case, The process begins with a report of the alleged sexual misconduct to the Bishop or a representative of the Bishop, as well as the subsequent steps involved in the investigation of the alleged misconduct, including dealing with the aftermath of such allega­tions and the ensuing results of the allegations with the applicable ministry setting.


Compensation Guidelines


A calling implies mutuality between those rostered people being called and the agency or congregation issuing the call. This mutuality means that congregations and other ministry sites are to live for the wellbeing of the rostered leaders that they call, and rostered leaders are to live for the wellbeing of the communities into which they are called, so that together we might live in Christ as mission-centers, with mission-centered congregations. We in turn get to participate in making Christ known in our lives together, making Christ known in our communities, and making Christ known in the world.

Covenant of Conduct


An agreement between members and council members on processing opinions, facts, and complaints.



Covenant of Conduct

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Congregational Call Process


The Northwestern Ohio Synod walks hand in hand with a congregation during the call process from the time of a pastor’s announcement of resignation or retirement to the extension of a call to a new pastor. We conduct exit interviews with the pastor and council; we meet with the council to explain the call process and manual, and we meet with call committees to explain their role and offer help with interviewing. We search for pastors who have gifts that match the gifts sought and needed by the congregations. We’re available to answer questions at all times.

The synod not only guides the congregation through the process in the above ways, but seeks to provide appropriate care in the absence of a pastor through interims and vacancy, supply, and vice pastors.

You may see a list of congregations currently in transition on the Resources for Leaders page.

If you are a congregation in the Call Process, please download the call process packet below.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Jenn Prueter at Jennifer.Prueter@nwos-elca.og or call at 419-423-3664.



Call Process Packet

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Office of the Secretary

The Office of the Secretary resources page on contains copies of the model constitution for congregations, information on records preservation and management, governance and policy, insurance information and forms, some synod forms, and more.



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