Pastor Thomas Weitzel has over 30 years experience working to renew churches and ministries. Called to his first parish in a small town of 1,000 in north central Indiana in 1987 as a second career pastor, he brings to ministry an extensive background in public relations, newspaper management, and business consulting, all of which have assisted greatly in the work of redeveloping and renewing parishes. Pastor Weitzel assisted that small worshiping congregation of 35-50 in raising their giving to an average 7 percent of annual income (compared to the ELCA average of about 1 percent), build a new fellowship hall and pay off that building debt in three years, all through increased faith and sense of call.
Since 2000, Pastor Weitzel has worked as a church consultant in reorganizational efforts, situations of conflict, and assisting parishes and parish leaders in discerning God’s leading for new direction. He has consulted with parishes and synods for mission renewal in Florida, the Bahamas, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota and in churches as large as 1,300 and as small as 30.
Today, Pastor Weitzel heads up the FB Synod Transition Ministry Leadership Team, and trains and mentors pastors and helps to coordinate interim ministry throughout the synod.