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Administrators serve new role

By Abby Boell

March 16, 2020


            Since July, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has been without a pastor. They have utilized supply pastors (substitutes from other churches or retired pastors) for Sunday services, but that costs money (pastor payment and mileage).

            In order to save money, the church asked for volunteers to lead the Advent and Lenten services.

            WPBHS Superintendent Bill McAllister and Principal DJ Weddle answered the call.

            McAllister agreed to give sermons and Weddle agreed to read the scripture/lessons.

            McAllister said that he told the church right away that “I’m not a pastor, I’m a school educator.” He does not want people in his congregation confusing him with a pastor just because he is a speaker. A big difference between McAllister and the traditional pastors at the church is that he will not stand behind the pulpit. He would rather “be on their level and be closer to the congregation”.

            During the Advent season, McAllister gave three sermons each about ten to twelve minutes long. It took him just a couple hours to prepare each sermon.

             For each of these services, according to McAllister, Weddle did the harder part. McAllister said, “Mr. Weddle does a great job. He did the liturgy part, and the prayers.” With Weddle’s help, it took away a lot of stress away from McAllister.

            Weddle and the four other elders take care of everything else in the service. During Advent, it was just Weddle and McAllister for every service, but for Lent, the other elders will help.

            Currently Pastor Shilling from Pender is serving as vacancy pastor, but he has his own congregation’s services around the same time as St. Paul’s evening services. Thus, St. Paul’s would have had to hold services at a much earlier time and that would have an impact on attendance. 

            There is a shortage of LCMS pastors, and they are not easy to find. Having McAllister and Weddle lead the services saves the church money. There are obviously things elders can’t do by themselves such as offering the sacraments.

            Advent services received a positive response from those in attendance.

            McAllister and Weddle are honored to serve the congregation. 

            The Lenten theme is “2020, Eyes on Jesus.” The weekly themes are Misjudging Eyes, In the Eye of the Storm, Worldly Eyes, Wandering Eyes, and More than Meets the Eyes.

             The theme and liturgy is provided by Concordia Publishing House.  McAllister and Weddle are thankful for Pastor Heuer from Trinity Lutheran in Fremont for his guidance.

            If either administrator decides to retire from education, he may have a future in the church.




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