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West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Interested in Serving in WV-WMD?

Are you a member of the clergy of the ELCA (or full-communion partner) interested in learning more about WV-WMD? Drop us a line. You can email the +Riegel at 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. Get to know us a little better by clicking here. Call opportunities fall into two categories: congregational calls and calls to specialized ministry.


Congregational calls are listed immediately below. Feel free to contact +Riegel to ask for information about any of these congregations.

Site Type*
Call Type*
MSP Status
Interim Pastor
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Pt. Pleasant, WV
1-point Solo Pr/PT
N/A† Bishop
Capon-North River Lutheran Parish
  • Fairview Chapel
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church
  • St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Hebron Lutheran Church
Gore, VA
Rio, WV
Wardensville, WV
Yellow Spring, WV
Solo Pr/FT
Hebron &
St. Peter's

Fairview &
Christ Lutheran Church (Mozart)
Wheeling, WV
1-point Solo Pr/PT N/A† Pr. Deb Gable
St. John's Lutheran Church (Meadow Mountain)
Swanton, MD
Solo Pr/PT N/A† Bishop
Aurora-Redhouse Parish
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
Aurora, WV
Redhouse, MD
Solo Pr/FT
Drafting Chaps. Courtney & Ben Erzkus
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Oakland, MD
Solo Pr/FT
N/A† Pr. Tom Omholt
Church of the Covenant (ELCA/PCUSA)
Grafton, WV
Solo Pr/FT
N/A† Bishop
Grace Lutheran Church
Petersburg, WV
Solo Pr/FT N/A† Pr. Patricia Pittsnogle
Zion Lutheran Church
Jennings, MD
Solo Pr/PT
N/A† Bishop
Mountain Lutheran Parish
  • Calvary Lutheran Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Mt. Hope Lutheran Church
  • New Hope Lutheran Church
Brandywine, WV
Franklin, WV
Moyer's Gap, WV
Upper Tract, WV
Minnehaha Springs, WV
2 Pr/2 FT
The Rev. Sherri Schafer

*Until an MSP is completed, site type and call type reflect the last time a pastor or deacon served under call or appointment, unless the congregation has consulted with the bishop and reclassified itself. If the MSP is not active or in drafting, take the site type and status with a grain of salt. Feel free to contact the Bishop if you might be interested in the site were the configuration different than what is here posted. PT = part-time; FT = full-time.

In some cases, the congregation has no MSP at this time. Perhaps the congregation is newly vacant and has not yet begun the MSP drafting process.  In rare cases, the congregation may feel it is not ready to draft an MSP for a variety of reasons. If you would like to explore possibilities with these congregations, contact the Bishop.; there may be room for negotiation and consideration of alternative models.

Specialized Ministry

Calls to specialized ministry many different things. When the synod is aware of such an opening on our territory, we will post it here. N.B., if you are on an ELCA roster of ministers, you must be rostered in the synod on the territory of which the specialized ministry served is geographically situated, the exception being specialized ministries with multisynodical constituencies. Please contact +Riegel should you have questions about transfer process.

Working Vacation

Maybe you are not ready to jump into a call process but would be interested in experiencing for a week (or more) ministry in our mountains. Have we got a deal for you! Check out our Working Vacation program.

Recommend Someone for a Call

If you know someone that you would recommend for a call in this synod, contact +Riegel

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West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
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Last updated: 1 July 2023