01/18/10 - WISCONSIN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SYNOD - 8:43 am
P A S T O R - C A L L - R E P O R T
01/12/2010 - through - 01/18/2010
Kelm - Paul Calvin, age 65 (DMin, Church Growth, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) - WLC - Milwaukee WI - 01/12/2010 - Campus Pastor. Resume: recently canned as Perish Services expert, The Love Shack.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (WELS when the mood strikes it) stacked its board of directors with CrossWalk, Phoenix people.
CrossWalk is not even a member of WELS and will not ever be a member of WELS, from what I hear from Phoenix. But CrossWalk is the poster-child for Church and Change: hiding its identity, refusing to have Holy Communion services, relying on entertainment and other gimmicks.
The board put Pastor Jeff Gunn, Church and Change hero, on the board. They hired one of his members to be the new president of the college. They also asked an additional member from CrossWalk to be on the board. Normally a board would not have two members from the same church serving at once, but CrossWalk--lovechild of Willow Creek and Fuller--has three. When I posted this information from the WLC website, they changed the list to hide membership information. Ichabod effect.
Let's face it - Paul Calvin Kelm at age 65 is a geezer. I can say that because I am a geezer at 61. I would never put myself forward as a college campus chaplain at my age. But there is a reason WLC did this - to spite the elected leadership of the Wisconsin Synod.
At first they had only one person on the list for a second pastor - Jeff Gunn, because Gunn was facing unemployment with his funding drying up. Gunn did not get the call, but Ski's pal Buske (Gospel Lighthouse, Drive 09 and who knows what else) did.
The whole idea behind a second pastor is to turn the college into a church, even though the students already have their own WELS memberships. The college said it was specifically to set up more Pietistic cell groups, something Kelm has used to drive his synod into the sub-basement.
The students appreciate their Lutheran heritage, even if Kelm does not. There is little interest in aping the Deformed, which has been the substance of Kelm's entire miserable career.
Some achievements of Paul Calvin Kelm:
- His son left WELS for Missouri.
- His divorced brother had a Shrinker church in Indianapolis and left WELS for Missouri, with a sweetheart deal where he barely had to show up for classes at St. Louis to pass colloquy.
- He earned a drive-by DMin in Church Growth at St. Louis, and fashions himself a "Dr" - even though a DMin is the equivalent of an STM degree, if that. His bud Larry Olson took four courses at Fuller and wrote a paper to get the degree.
- He served exactly one parish on his own, a hundred years ago.
- His other parish experience was at St. Mark, Depere, where he was also a member of the Willow Creek Ministerium by virtue of the congregation's membership in the Willow Creek Association (broke off - Ichabod effect).
- He promoted Deformed theology as editor of TELL, leveraging his influence in false doctrine as head of Evangelism for WELS.
- He had previous posts at WLC. Why did he not stay?
- He has been a leader of Church and Change, fighting hard for the Leonard Sweet conference and refusing to answer anyone who objected. For Kelm, Matthew 18 is for suckers. Sweet, a notorious New Ager Methodist, was in fact the lead speaker for WELS Church and Change. Do not complain, WELSians - you funded C and C with your offering money.
If people want their Lutheran children influenced by a man who mocks Lutheran doctrine, they should do nothing. They having been doing nothing for 30 years, so they are good at that.
If they want something different, they should write to the WLC board and Synod President Schroeder.
Mr. Gary Drska* Muskego, Wis. [needs to buy a vowel]
Mr. Ryan Barbieri Sussex, Wis.
Dr. Gerald Fischer Bethesda, Md.
Mr. James Fischer Waukesha, Wis.
Rev. Kenneth Fisher Milwaukee, Wis.
Mr. Ned Goede Milwaukee, Wis.
Rev. Jeff Gunn Phoenix, Ariz. CrossWalk gets subsidized quarters at Arizona Lutheran Academy.Rev. Mark Henrich Milwaukee, Wis.
Rev. Dennis Himm Grand Blanc, Mich.
Mr. Charles Kluenker Roseville, Calif.
Mr. Philip Leyrer New Ulm, Minn.
Mr. Scott Mayer Franklin, Wis.
Mr. David McCulloch Suttons Bay, Mich.
Mr. Kent Raabe Brookfield, Wis.
Dr. William Raasch Wauwatosa, Wis.
Mr. Paul Rosenow Temecula, Calif.
Mr. C. Daniel Stefferud Los Angeles, Calif.
Rev. Paul Steinberg Milwaukee, Wis. [Mark and Avoid Jeske plant]Mr. Gary Stimac The Woodlands, Texas
Mr. William Treffert Pewaukee, Wis.
Mr. W. Andrew Unkefer Phoenix, Ariz.
Mr. Daryl Weber Germantown, Wis.
Dr. Ronald White Fort Myers, Fla.
Mr. Mark Wrightsman Stillwater, Minn.
Mr. George Zaferos Watertown, Wis.
Dr. Daniel W. Johnson accepted the call to become the president of Wisconsin Lutheran College in June 2008, and arrived on campus this past October. He succeeds Dr. Timothy Kriewall and becomes the third president of Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Dr. Johnson, an educator, spent the past nine years as principal and head administrator at Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. He served as a guidance counselor and teacher at Shoreland Lutheran High School in Somers, Wisconsin, before his call to Arizona. He served as a principal at Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Clearwater, Florida, and in his first called position, he served as a teacher at Nebraska Lutheran High School, Waco, Nebraska.
WELS Headquarters -
414-256-3888 or sending mail to:
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 2929 N Mayfair Road Milwaukee, WI 53222.
mjleyrer has left a new comment on your post "Willow Creek Wisconsin Lutheran College Hires Geez...":
"His divorced brother had a Shrinker church in Indianapolis and left WELS for Missouri, with a sweetheart deal where he barely had to show up for classes at St. Louis to pass colloquy."
And this has what to do with Paul? Oh, absolutely nothing? That's what I thought. Holding Paul accountable for what his brother does is just asinine.
GJ - Is that your dad on the WLC board? I think you should talk to him about doctrinal problems there. WLC seems to like every denomination except WELS. They had Martin Marty (ELCA) lecture there. They hosted the homosexual, corrupt Archbishop Weakland and his priests for a series of public lectures (and lied about it).
Blood is thicker than doctrine in WELS. That is why I mentioned Dan Kelm. The ELS hissed and mewed about Dan but did nothing. I posted the gushing story about his church in Christian News.
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Willow Creek Wisconsin Lutheran College Hires Geez...":
Sorry to see you have to use word verification now. Why the change?
Did some Church shrinkers nail you with a spambot?
I've always thought the current WLC Campus Pastor was a naive but conservative guy. I'm sad to see this evidence of the opposite.
What's your opinion? Do you think (as I do) that he had to have been involved in the decision to call Kelm?
GJ - Spam comments have increased, so I put in word identification. I do not blame the Schtinkers for that. They are too dumb to lock down security on Facebook, so I doubt whether they are running spambots. They have trouble with English, so I think code is beyond them. Besides, they want to destroy churches and souls, not computers.
I do not know too much about WLC. There are genuine Lutheran students and faculty there, but the board is pure Schwaermer. They have been behaving like ELCA wannabees for some time. ELCA has a lot of colleges already. They do not need another.
mjleyrer has left a new comment on your post "Willow Creek Wisconsin Lutheran College Hires Geez...":
Okay... but the point still stands that you listed what Dan did in Paul's "accomplishments." Which just seems kind of petty.
GJ - Is your father on the WLC Board of Schwaermerei? That would explain your prolific, if misguided, campaign.
Rich Gurgle's son was posting in a similar vain.
Professor Leyrer's press agent, mjleyrer, has left a new comment on your post "Willow Creek Wisconsin Lutheran College Hires Geez...":
Maybe it could be [GJ - redundant] that WLC added a second campus pastor because they [GJ - plural pronoun for singular subject] wanted to increase chapel attendance and increase a Christian atmosphere on the campus [GJ - Everyone is a WELS member. OK, maybe you have a point there]. I know a lot of people that go there and I know that chapel is poorly attended [GJ - needs rewording, awkward and verbose]. I think it was a good idea to add a second chaplain. [GJ - That settles the question.]
I don't get why you complain about EVERYTHING Jacko. You don't change anything, your words fall on def ears and it's not like you would ever set foot on the campus anyway. [GJ - Run-on sentence] You're like the kid who colors on the wall to get attention. [GJ - What do you call a semi-educated youngster who posts comments almost daily?]
Believe it or not, the people that you disagree with are still saved, they are still going to heaven and they still have faith in Christ. [GJ - Run-on sentence. Everyone is forgiven - except me.] They have the one thing needful. You're not doing anything for anyone. [GJ - I have provided a platform for bloggers who cannot get an audience, so they try to hijack this one.]
GJ - That was amusing. I did not find a direct response to my question - "Isn't your father on the board at WLC?"
Evasion is a common tactic among the Shrinkers in WELS. Ask a direct question and they will launch their feeble personal attacks.
If I were his father and serving on the board of WLC, I would quote Nathan Lane in The Producers - "Don't help me."
I am glad someone is willing to draw attention to this latest travesty. I see a replay of the last drama, where SP Schroeder advised Perish Services not to call someone. When they insisted, he advised them not to call a polarizing figure. Bruce Becker, who soon took off for Jeske-land, had Paul Calvin Kelm hired. The call was kept a secret, even though the Love Shack is not a big building. The insubordinate Becker let the Synod President read the news when everyone else did - in the Monday Call Report. I told a friend that WELS was the only synod where the call report was dramatic.
The Chicaneries began lying about their deceit - a double-whammy from the Schtinkers. They claimed Schroeder knew, calling their own elected leader a liar. I love it when cowards do something like that. I double-checked with several sources and found (no surprise) that Becker did keep it a secret.
I wonder if Professor Leyrer's press agent could answer this question - "Did the WLC board hear similar advice - not to call a second pastor? And did they keep this call a secret from the Synod President?"