King of Kings has an exciting update: We have officially received “mission status” from our church body, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
This means that we will receive needed financial support to re-start our mission here in Willoughby. With those funds, we are now in the process of calling a new pastor to lead our congregation and considering other growth and expansion opportunities.
Welcome Pastor Learman!
We’ve also welcomed a new pastor to our sister congregation, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Strongsville, Ohio!
Pastor Paul Learman was installed in June as the new pastor at Our Savior. For the past 10 years he served as pastor at Divine Peace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee where he guided the congregation toward a renewed focus on reaching the unchurched in the community and growing in faith through engaging worship and discipleship.
Pastor Learman grew up as the oldest of seven kids in the Houston, Texas area where his dad served as a pastor and mom as a Lutheran school teacher. He attended Northwestern Preparatory School, Northwestern College, Martin Luther College, and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2000. He previously served at churches in Utah, Michigan, and Illinois. He holds certifications in Non-Profit Leadership and Management and in Church Revitalization and has more than a decade of experience in evangelism training, church consulting, and leadership coaching.
Pastor and his wife Rachel have four children – Cadence (13), Hudson (11), Thatcher (9), and Everett (7). Together they enjoy travel, good food, and a variety of outdoor activities.
As we continue our search for a new pastor, Pastor Learman will be one of the many leaders helping us fill the vacancy at King of Kings. Be sure to say hello and welcome him to Ohio!