William Tabor was the pastor who suddenly decided to join WELS with a group of his members from Scriptural Lutheran (then LCR, now ELS). Tabor joined the WELS ministerium even though circuit pastor Roger Zehms and various WELS leaders knew Tabor was a philanderer. Tabor received a call to Salem Milwaukee, where his mistress was jailed for killing Tabor's wife.
Tabor had a call to Escanaba at the time, they tell me, and off he went to serve his new call. WELS pastors - that is how to get a better call. The WELS leaders did everything possible to keep Tabor out of the hoosegow, and they succeeded. They followed the same pattern with Al Just, who got a short sentence for knifing his wife to death in their bed. Al Just claimed she rolled over the steak knife in bed, and WELS clergy to this day believe his story. A busload of deceived WELS Lutherans came to his trial to support poor ol' Al. I have been told never to mention this again.
The father of the current First VP of WELS, the Dr. Martin Luther College president, spoke on behalf of Al Just at the murder trial.
Let's talk about forgiveness without repentance, without remorse, without truthfulness.