Clergy Call and Status

Clergy Calls


(current as of July 9, 2024)

  Current Congregation  Calling Congregation
 Adam Sorenson, Mar 2024  Trinity, Willoughby OH  Faith, Churubusco IN
 Mark Renner, May 2024  St. Mark, Janesville WI  St. James, Cleveland OH
 Gary Bender, June 2024  St. Paul, Ann Arbor MI St. John (Freedom), Napoleon OH
 Anthony Keilani, June 2024  Redeemer, Sidney  Lutheran High School Northwest, Rochester Hills MI
 Ben Meyer, Mar 2024  Hope, Sunbury OH

 Zion, New Holland IL & Christ, Mason City IL

 Jonathon Rusche, Mar 2024  Trinity, Toledo OH  First Lutheran, Birmingham AL
 Jonathan McCall, Mar 2024  Our Savior, North Royalton OH  Gethsemane, Marion OH
 Elden Kohn, June 2024  Zion, Macon MO  St. Mark, Milford OH
 Terry Yahr, June 2024  Ohio District, Emeritus  Redeemer, Menahga & Christ, Wolf Lake MN


 Installation*  Date and Congregation
 Jeffrey Steele-Steeber  April 14, 2024
   CLHSA, Lutheran West High School, Rocky River OH
 Jeremiah Jording  April 28, 2024
   St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Rocky River OH
 Mark Renner  June 16, 2024
    St. James Lutheran Church, Cleveland OH
 Richard Sovitzky  Ordination & Installation  June 23, 2024
   Trinity Lutheran Church, Sugar Grove OH
 Thomas J. Chamberlain  Ordination & Installation  June 29, 2024
   Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Van Wert OH

 Drake M. Peterson

 Ordination  June 23, 2024
   Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Pewaukee, WI
   Installation  September 8, 2024
   St. John's Lutheran Church, Marysville 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 


 Terry Yahr    Emeritus status    February 1, 2024
 Stephen Niermann    Emeritus status    June 7, 2024
 William Fenker    Emeritus status    July 1, 2024
 Mark Raddatz    Emeritus status    July 1, 2024


 Bruce Breudigam    Paul Nus    
 Jeremy Kleino    Robert Plain    
 Kevin Leidich    Karl Rein    
 Jerome Mitchell    Daniel Ruff    
     Alemu Sernessa    


 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
 John G. Eiwen    Emeritus, Ohio District    December 31, 2023



Vicars & Interns


Vicars (2024-2025)

Noah Burmester, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, North Canton OH
Derek Carey, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon OH
Noah Dunsmore, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbus OH



Placement Reports


Spring 2024 Placement Report

Spring graduates placed in Ohio District congregations

  • Emmanuel, Van Wert/St John's, Wapakoneta OH: Thomas Chamberlain - CTSFW
  • St. John's, Marysville OH: Drake Peterson - CSL
  • Trinity, Logan/Trinity, S.Grove OH: Richard Sovitzky - CTSFW