West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Erzkus (Ben) Joins Cont. Ed Committee
The Rev. Ben Erzkus has joined the Synod Clergy Cont. Ed
Committee, replacing The Rev. Ruth Bullwinkle, as the MVMC
The clergy compensation guideline for 2022 has been approved by Synod Council. The final document is still in drafting. We have posted the actions of Synod Council on the on the Clergy Compensation page. For details on the 2021 compensation guideline, including family leave, sabbatical, and Rostered Leader Debt Reduction visit the Clergy Compensation page.
Looking for a supply preacher?
If you need coverage, you will find a list supply
preachers (and ordained presbyters for Eucharistic
services) on our Supply
Preaching & Presiding page.
Are you listed as a supply preacher?
If you are clergy available for supply
preaching/presiding does +Riegel know? With the pandemic
and pandemical conditions changing from week to week,
preachers identifying themselves as available (or not) for
supply work has been a moving target. If your availability
changes, let +Riegel
know. To check and see how you are listed, visit the Supply page.
The Rev. Michael Wright resigned his call as pastor of
the Aurora-Redhouse Parish on 12 November 2021.
A new Pastoral Transition
& Vacancy page has been uploaded. You will find
there guidance related to transition (coming and going) as
well as multiple forms that should be completed as part of
a transition process. The "going" (i.e., the pastor is
leaving the call) has been completed in the upload. The
"coming" (i.e., a pastor is moving into a new call) is
still being formatted; the old information is here until
formatting on the new page is complete.
Pastors looking to enter mobility (whether intrasynodical
or extrasynodical) should contact the bishop.
The Rostered Ministers Profile (quondam "Roster Leader
Profile" and "mobility form"), other forms, and supporting
instructions are available at ELCA.org's
Rostered Ministers page. Click on the link you will
find there, and it will take you to your login screen. If
for any reason, you need your Rostered Leader Number, contact the Bishop.
Are you a member of the clergy of the ELCA (or
full-communion partner) interested in learning more about
WV-WMD (or do you know someone who might be? Drop us a
line. You can email the +Riegel at
Bishop@WV-WMD.org or call the office (304-363-4030). There
is plenty to commend service and life in our mountains and
in our valleys. Like Nebraska, it's not for everyone, but,
for those who aren't afraid of an adventure, we have a
great mix of challenge and gift. A list of openings
reviewed by visiting our Pulpit Vacancies
page (or click on the table at right). You will find there
opportunities for congregational ministry and also any
specialized ministries that might be open at the moment.
The WV-WMD Synod has conducted a rostered leader debt reduction program since 2002. Through this program, pastors and deacons with educational debt can be assisted with payment on the principal. The Rostered Leader Debt Reduction Fund is supported by voluntary contributions from individuals, congregations, church-related auxiliaries, and a line item in the synod budget. The amount in the fund is expended each fiscal year as direct payments to lending agencies. Guidelines for the Rostered Leader Debt Reduction Program can be downloaded here.
Apply for RLDR Grant
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org