Supply Pastors

Good and faithful servants,

These challenging days have called much from us. We are thankful for your selfless dedication to Christ and to your parish. Sometimes when life is overwhelming, we need to invite each other to rest. Genesis 1 reminds us that each day began with rest, “there was evening and there was morning”. On the seventh day God rested from the work of creation. God commands us to rest as well. We know Covid-19 has complicated this process, but we thrive in the rhythm our Creator established. Please collaborate with other area leaders to allow rest for yourself and for each other. Below are some suggestions to aid in facilitating this process.

Consider:

  • Utilizing Lay Leadership to safely facilitate worship.
    • During this period strong Lay Leaders may be your best resources for safe supply. Lay Leaders from your parish will be most familiar with the safety procedures your parish has developed and will often be in the best position to guide fellow congregants through worship.
  • Collaborating with fellow Rostered Leaders and Ecumenical Partners to share a virtual message.
    • Technology has allowed parishes to be guided through worship by leaders from a distance. Consider partnering with colleagues from other congregations to provide the sermon remotely.
  • Reaching out to leaders on our Supply List.
    • Parishes that are requesting in-person worship (either indoor or outdoor) must be able to provide their Parish Plan of Return to potential worship leaders. If a worship leader agrees to supply and the congregation does not follow the safeguards of its plans the worship leader has the freedom to not lead worship. Worship leaders are expected to familiarize themselves with and abide by the Parish Plan of Return.

Leaders on our Supply List have been contacted to indicate their availability for:

V = Virtual Worship
O = Outdoor In-Person Worship
I = Indoor In-Person Worship.

Compensation

The recommended compensation for one worship service is $150 plus mileage according to the latest IRS accepted rate, and $50 per additional service (see the Compensation Guidelines for Rostered Ministers for more info). 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.

If you would like to suggest additional names for the Supply List or have updates, please email: info@nwos-elca.org

“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, consistently remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Word & Sacrament

Rev. Paul Benjamin – Chaplain
Availability – V, O, I
Ohio Living Swan Creek
5916 Cresthaven Lane
Toledo, OH 43614
419.865.4445
PBenjamin@ohioliving.org

Rev. Dana Bjorlin
Availability – V, O, I
450 Edgewood Dr
Wauseon, OH 43567
419-335-0831
bjorlindoc@yahoo.com
dana_bjorlin@mercy.com
Travel Limits = 60 miles

Rev. Jim Budke
Availability – V, O, I
5351 Sugar Ridge Rd
Pemberville, OH 43450
419-341-0397
jbud49@gmail.com

Rev. Christian Dittmar
Availability – V, O, I
15372 Bear Creek Ct
Findlay, OH 45840
419-425-5453 (h)
419-348-9290 (c)
hcd9595@gmail.com
Travel Limits = 60 miles

Rev. James Dumke
Availability – V, O, I
Lutheran Homes
2021 N. McCord Rd.
Toledo, OH 43615
419-861-4961(o)
419-708-4998 (c)
jdumke@lhsoh.org
Jdumke@Genacross.org

Rev. John Ferne
Availability – V, O
5727 E. Mystic Bay Blvd.
Marblehead, OH 43440
419-734-4035
John.Ferne@hotmail.com

Rev. William Fink
Availability – V, O, I
7707 Shadywood Lane
Sylvania, OH 43560
419-351-2568
pastor@coolgod.org 

Word & Sacrament

Rev. Douglas Meyer
Availability – V, O
511 Maple Street
Celina, OH 45822
419-586-8892 (h)
419-953-6302
dougandsheilameyer@gmail.com
Travel Limits = SW Conf.

Rev. Todd Mills
Availability – V, O, I
2199 E Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209
614-965-2472
tmills@capital.edu
Travel Limits = Ohio (Negotiable)

Rev. Chris Ode
Availability – V
Living Stones Prison
206-719-5211
pastor.ode@gmail.com

Rev. Tim Rothfuss
Availability – V, O, I
12060 Eckel Junction
Perrysburg, OH 43551
419-874-3179 (h)
preferred 419-350-3656
tdrothfuss@hotmail.com

Rev. Clyde Singh
Availability – V, O, I
131 North Wheeling Street
Toledo, OH 43605-1544
419-308-9878 (c)
csingh@genacross.org

Rev. David Wietelmann
Availability – Situational
20758 West SR 105
Woodville, OH 43469-9402
419-862-2969 (emergencies only)

Rev. Tom Zulick
Availability – V, O, I
420 E. Dudley St.
Maumee, OH 43537
419-344-2629
tom.zulick@gmail.com
Travel Limits = 35 miles

Word and Service

Deacon Erin Bodenstab
Availability – V, O
Sandusky OH 44870
419-504-1685
ertaylor@gmail.com

Deacon Jennifer Heinze
Availability – O, I
P.O. Box 282
Curtice, OH 43412
djheinze@gmail.com
419.277.0814
Travel Limits = 45 miles

Lay Leaders

Carol Castello
Availability – Situational
Q317 Co. Rd. 15
Napoleon, OH 43545
419-592-0847(h)
419-930-7675(c)
cjcast@yahoo.com

Ron Clark
Availability – V, O, I
6118 Centennial Rd
Sylvania, OH  43560
419-270-7702 (c)
rkclark@mail.com

Jeannine Grimm
Availability – V, O, I
17326 Reams Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402
419.261.6480 (c)
jeanninegrimm@yahoo.com

Jim Martin
Availability – V, O, I
26359 Winchester Drive
Defiance, OH 43512
419-262-5033 (c)
jim@martindiesel.com

COVID Availability Key: V = Virtual Worship, O = Outdoor In-Person Worship, and I = Indoor In-Person Worship

Updated: September 1, 2020