In times of pastoral vacancy or whenever regular ordained
leadership is not available, the WV-WMD Synod attempts to ensure
that congregations of the synod are provided with capable and
authorized worship leadership. To this end, the synod maintains a
lists (scroll down) of ordained clergy and lay worship leaders who
may be available to "supply." Additional sources for "supply"
worship leadership is found after the mentioned lists.
The WV-WMD Synod set a revised compensation schedule for pulpit supply at its 24 January 2015 Synod Council meeting. Since 1 March 2015, pulpit supply is to be compensated as follows.
Holy Communion may only be celebrated by an ordained person on
the roster of the ELCA or a clergyperson ordained and on the on
the roster of a full-communion partner and in good standing.
Special dispensation for lay Eucharistic presidency, under the
policies of the ELCA, can only be granted under unusual
circumstances and then for only six months at a time. At this
time, there are no active dispensations for lay Eucharistic
presidency. If your congregation has received a dispensation in
the past, please contact Bishop Riegel to discuss your situation.
Holy Baptism, when administered in an emergency, may be performed
by anyone. Prompt reporting to the local pastor is required. When
administered during the worship of the
congregation---administration at other times is at the discretion
of the pastor and should be rare---the regular presider is the
pastor of the congregation. The same rubric for Holy Communion
A funeral is neither a sacrament nor a rite reserved to the
clergy by either civil or ecclesiastical law. A Bishop's Lay
Worship Leader may be engaged for a funeral when authorized by the
pastor loci or the interim pastor loci.
A wedding is not a sacrament. Civil law, however, in both
Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia limits who may legally
conduct a wedding. Consult with your local county clerk or the
synod office before engaging a Bishop's Law Worship Leader.
Additionally, out-of-state clergy should ascertain whether bonding
or some other requirement exists (as in the case of West
|If you notice an error or omission on the
rolls below, please contact the Bishop at
Bishop@WV-WMD.org or 304-680-5388.
Bishop's Lay Worship Leaders are equipped through the synod's
training program and authorized by the Bishop for service in the
territory of synod at the invitation of the congregation's pastor
or congregational leader appointed for the task of coordinating
|Bishop's Law Worship Leader
||Base of Operations
|Melissa Bannister||Parkersburg, WV
|Lois Broyles||Barboursville, WV
|George Friedline||New Martinsville, WVfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lola Graham (temporarily unavailable)||Upper Tract, WV||304-358-7733|
|Jerry Harman (temporarily unavailable)
|William Hawk||Wheeling, WVemail@example.com|
|Henry Hodges||Wardensville, WV
|Sylvia Sue Hoffman||Benwood, WV
|Leroy Humberston||Fairmont, WV||304-366-3434|
|Patricia Keller||Keyser, WV
|George McKinney||Hurricane, WV
|James Sheatsley||Beckley, WV||304-252-5321 (O)
|Richard Wolford||Charlestown, WV
In addition to the names listed below, you may consider the
ordained professors and staff at the Lutheran Theological
Seminary, Gettysburg, or any ordained clergy on the roster of one
of our neighboring synods of the ELCA and in good standing. Please
contact our synod office or the synod office of the neighboring
synod to verify that the ordained clergy in question is available.
Contact our synod office prior to engaging ordained clergy
rostered with a full-communion partner.
||Base of Operations
|The Rev. Paul Blank
||Deep Creek Lake, MD
|The Most Rev. Dr. Ralph Dunkin
|The Rev. Douglas Knupp*
|The Rev. Dennis Propst
|The Rt. Rev. Matthew L. Riegel
|The Rev. R. Alvin Schafer
|The Rev. Tony Setley
|The Rev. Donald Thomas
|The Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig
|The Rev. James Wicker
Congregations in the Eastern Panhandle might want to consider
obtaining supply preachers from The
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. Congregations
along the Ohio River might look to Trinity Lutheran Seminary,
Columbus, OH. Seminary professors and staff may be
available. Likewise, seminarians are often authorized by the
seminaries to supply preach.
WV-WMD accepts the credentials of supply preachers authorized by
our neighboring ELCA synods. To locate contact information for
these synods, visit the
ELCA's "Synods" webpage.
The provisions of the ELCA's full-communion agreements provide
for pulpit & altar fellowship as well as the
interchangeability of clergy. The differences, however, between
our respective rosters complicate this interchangeability. Prior
to engaging a ordained or layperson for supply, contact the synod
office to verify appropriateness.
When it is impossible to secure a supply preacher from any of the
approved/recommended sources, two options remain open for