New Pastor Takes The Helm At Faith Lutheran

Pastor Carl Wendorff was ordained and installed as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 14, 2019. He accepted the call to serve at Faith Lutheran on April 30, 2019, and completed his ministry studies with a Master of Divinity degree on May 17, 2019, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He replaces Rev. Morris Meseke who is retiring this summer.
“Our congregation sought a young pastor, just out of seminary, because our church population is aging and we hope that he can encourage more young families to attend church,” said a member of the church.
Pastor Wendorff was born on a dairy farm in Hutchinson, Minnesota, the eldest of five children. He attended Lutheran grade school and high school before graduating from Concordia University of St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Outreach. He served as a youth worker in Montana after college, and as a general laborer in the Bakken oilfields. He began studies at Condordia Theological Seminary in 2015 where, in 2016, he met Theresa, his wife-to-be. The two married on August 5, 2017 and moved to Kansas City for Carl’s vicarage at risen Savior in Basehor, Kansas. (Vicarage was part of seminary training, under a pastor, where he served as vicar.) Then, they moved back to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to complete his studies.
Pastor Wendorff and his wife recently purchased a home in Warsaw where they live with their son, August Paul, born May 28, 2018. They look forward to starting their lives here, spending free time outdoors taking walks, going fishing, and gardening.
“My family and I are enjoying living in Warsaw and also look forward to knowing people in church and the community,” said Pastor Wendorff. “I have been called here to serve people of all ages. The best way to serve is to faithfully preach and tell the truth of God’s word. The Lord will provide the growth according to His time and good will. I seek to be his instrument at Faith Lutheran. People are welcoming and we enjoy the scenery in the area.”