The Clergy of St. Paul’s
In an effort to get the Archive more organized and during a search for Gerald Orndorff’s records I came upon a ledger with a listing of the Clergy of St. Paul’s along with some interesting facts. My parents also received an update this past Christmas from the Menters which I thought would go well with the article and would be of interest to the congregation as Rev. Ted married my parents, June and Hardy Pickett and some other long time St. Paul’s couples.
Clergy Roll (see note 1)
#1 Verhoff 1870-1870
#2 John H. Mengert 1870-Sept., 1872
#3 Ernst C. IDE Sept. 1872-1873 (Liturgist Only) 1873-1876 (First Pastorate)
#4 Martin Kraft July, 1876-Dec. 1877
#5 G. H. Brandon 1878
Ernst C. IDE Sept. 1879-1897 Second Pastorate
#6 Richard A. Salzwedal Oct. 1897-June 1901
#7 H. A. Wagner 1901-1904
#8 C.F.W. Hartlage 1905-1907
#9 H. F. Richards 1907-1911
#10 L. P. Propst called June
15, 1911, installed Sept. 1, 1911-Nov. 10, 1942
#11 Aaron A. Anderson from Bergton, West Virginia Feb. 7, 1943-Sept. 26,1948
#12 Robert F. Hein North Towanda New York Feb. 27, 1949-Oct. 1, 1953
#13 Theodore L. Menter Columbus, Ohio June 27, 1954-Dec. 31, 1960 installed by Pastors Albert Horn and V. R. Hefner
#14 Alvin F. Burns Niagara Falls, New York August 13, 1961-March 24, 1965 Installed by John Houck American Missions Director, Eastern District, NC
#15 Ronald F. Christian St. Paul, MN July 6, 1965-August 31, 1968
#16 Gerald E. Scheck Sanhorn, NY April 13, 1969-Jan 23, 1977 Installed by William Deutschmans, Regional Director IF American Missions, East District ALC
#17 Johannes M. Skarsten called July26, 1977 Philadelphia, PA Oct.1, 1977 began Oct. 9, 1977 installed Oct. 9, 1977-Jan. 31, 1989 installed by Eastern District General Region Dean, Evan Dertell
#18 Rodney L. Ronneberg called June 4, 1989 Northwest Iowa Synod, July 1, 1989 began July 1, 1989 installed September 10, 1989-July 31, 2014 Installed by Dean of Conference ELCA, Barry Laird
#19 Robert Lutz, called May 19, 1991 Delaware Synod, installed Sept. 24, 1991 Installed by Dean of Conference ELCA Barry Laird
#20 Chad Kline May 1998 Gettysburg, Seminary August 1999-June 2003 Installed by Dean of Conference ELCA Glenn Ludwig Associate
#21 Kathy Ammlung June 2003-Sep., 2012 Associate
#22 Carolyn Shank (Simonds) Jan., 2012 –Aug. 2014 Youth, Interim Aug. 2014-January 2015 began Feb., 2015 to Present Pastor
#23 Gerry Rickel June 2015-July 2018 Associate
#24 Dave Shank - July 2018 to present Associate
Link from last moth to see the plaque in progress
Jump to preliminary design
Continuing with our Lenten Journey
April 3rd-Lenten Devotion (Psalm 32:6) Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in the time of trouble; when the great waters overflow they shall not reach them.”
All this will lead us into the season of Easter in April. St. Paul’s Social Media Team will again be holding a “Count Down” to Easter journeying through Lent. We will be doing a number of posts in various media focusing on the scriptures that St. Paul’s we be looking at during Lent. Be sure and follow along on the following links:
Member Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/438901092851824/
Public Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsFulton
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stpaulsfulton (@stpaulsfulton)
Special Thanks to Carole Manges for spearheading the "Clergy Plaque" and Donna Beall for her help in researching the names.
Special note: St. Paul’s 150th Anniversary.
As was done for the 140th Anniversary I would like to interview and collect the thoughts of some of our long time members and perhaps include some thoughts from our youngest members.
If you would like to contribute to the project or have any thoughts on direction or content, please let me know and get in touch with me?
Note 1: List based on research from: photo directories, 100th Celebration, Archive ledger entries and discussions in the Worship and Music Committee Meetings.