Pastoral Calls

About the process of calling a pastor

Please note that the District needs to be notified:

  • every time a call is issued by a congregation, school, RSO, etc.
  • when a rostered worker receives a call
  • and when a worker accepts or declines a call

Learn more about calling a pastor; compensation and benefits for pastors; and requesting and compensating supply (guest), intentional interim, and vacancy pastors at this link.

Call activity updated 3/21/23


Calls Accepted

Michael Giddings, Crosspointe, Fargo, ND, to UNL Chapel (campus pastor), Lincoln

Justin Hildebrand, St. John, McCook, to Christ/Bethlehem, Creighton/Verdigre

Jerome Leckband, Trinity/Golgatha, Foster/Wausa, to All Saints (associate/teacher) Jonesboro, AR

Darren Olson, candidate, South Dakota District, to Christ, Juniata



Michael Giddings, University Lutheran Chapel (Lincoln), 3/26/23, 4:00

Justin Hildebrand, Christ/Bethlehem, Creighton/Verdigre, April 16, 2023, 3 p.m. (at Christ, Creighton)


Calls Declined

Joshua Frazee, St. John (associate), Mayville, WI, to Faith/St. John/First Trinity, Stanton/Pilger/Altona

Christopher Ramstad, Immanuel (associate), Columbus, to St. Paul, Ogallala

Larry Rubeck, Prince of Peace (senior), Crystal Late, IL, to St. Paul, Minden

Tim Steckling, Our Redeemer/Trinity, Bessemer/Bergland, MI, to Christ/Bethlehem, Creighton/Verdigre


Pending Calls

Paul Flo, Hope (associate), South Sioux City, to Trinity/Immanuel/Grace (assistant), Southwest Kansas

Paul Flo, Hope (associate), South Sioux City, to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (Assistant Director, Center for Hispanic Studies)

Christopher Gerdes, candidate, Nebraska District, to Immanuel, Netawaka, KS

Michael Meyer, The Rock, Seward, to Holy Trinity, Rogers, AR

Eric Nelson, St. Paul, Lester Prairie, MN, to Christ/St. Paul’s, Falls City

Brian Tuma, St. John, Cordova, to Christ, Columbus

James Voorman, Zion, Decatur, IN, to St. Paul, Utica


Status Changes

Stuart Burt, candidate, Nebraska District, to emeritus, Nebraska District

Robert Deardoff, Beautiful Savior, North Platte, to emeritus, Nebraska District

Peter Gatkuoth, candidate, Nebraska District, removed from the roster

David Helmer, emeritus, Oklahoma District, to emeritus, Nebraska District

Jeff Kuddes, Trinity/Zion, Blue Hill/Red Cloud, to emeritus, Nebraska District

Adam Onken, candidate, Nebraska District, removed from the roster

Ryan Seymour, candidate, Nebraska District, removed from the roster

Mark Zehnder, King of Kings (senior), Omaha, to emeritus, Nebraska District