For times of pastoral vacancy or whenever regular called pastoral
leadership is not available, the WV-WMD maintains and provides
lists (scroll down) of ordained clergy, seminarians, and lay
worship leaders who may be available to "supply." Additional
sources for "supply" worship leadership are found after the
mentioned lists. Please read through the entire page (and the
special COVID-19 information at right) to familiarize yourself
with protocols and guidelines. To make sure that you have the most
up-to-date version of this page, hit your brower's refresh/reload
The WV-WMD Synod set a revised compensation schedule for pulpit supply at its 24 January 2015 Synod Council meeting. Since 1 March 2015, pulpit supply is to be compensated as follows.
When the Bishop of this Synod or the Director of Evangelical Mission is the worship leader/preacher, whether the person is to be compensated depends upon the circumstances. If the pastor of the congregation is present for worship, your gifts to mission support cover all of the costs associated with this visit---though a congregation may, at its option, remit a gift to the synod. When the pastor is not present, the supply preacher is to be compensated at the normal supply rate. Both the Bishop and the D.E.M. have the right to waive some or all the compensation associated with supply preaching costs. The bishop and D.E.M. may ask you, under some circumstances, to separate the mileage and the supply honorarium, making the check for honorarium out to the preacher and the check for the mileage out to the synod.
Many church agencies and church related agencies have similar policies. Please be sure to inquire what the policy is with respect to the person being engaged.
Holy Communion may only be celebrated by an ordained person on
the roster of the ELCA or a clergyperson ordained and on the on
the roster of a full-communion partner and in good standing.
Special dispensation for lay Eucharistic presidency, under the
policies of the ELCA, can only be granted under unusual
circumstances and then for only six months at a time. At this
time, there are no active dispensations for lay Eucharistic
presidency. If your congregation has received a dispensation in
the past, please contact Bishop Riegel to discuss your situation.
Holy Baptism, when administered in an emergency, may be performed
by anyone. Prompt reporting to the local pastor is required. When
administered during the worship of the
congregation---administration at other times is at the discretion
of the pastor and should be rare---the regular presider is the
pastor of the congregation. The same rubric for Holy Communion
A funeral is neither a sacrament nor a rite reserved to the
clergy by either civil or ecclesiastical law. A Bishop's Lay
Worship Leader may be engaged for a funeral when authorized by the
pastor loci or the interim pastor loci.
A wedding is not a sacrament. Civil law, however, in both
Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia limits who may legally
conduct a wedding. Consult with your local county clerk or the
synod office before engaging a Bishop's Law Worship Leader.
Additionally, out-of-state clergy should ascertain whether bonding
or some other requirement exists (as in the case of West
|If you notice an error or omission on the
rolls below, please contact the Bishop at
Bishop@WV-WMD.org or 304-680-5388.
Bishop's Lay Worship Leaders are equipped through the synod's training program and authorized by the synod for service under the Bishop's Lay Worship Leaders Program adopted by Synod Assembly 1989 (SA89.6.37) and most recently amended by Synod Assembly 2000. This service in the territory of synod is at the invitation of the congregation's pastor or, if delegated, the congregational leader appointed for the task of coordinating supply preachers. When considering someone other than one listed, contact the bishop.The WV-WMD Synod Council, at its January 2020 meeting, authorized and appointed the Commission for Synodical Lay Worship Leadership (The Rev. Sean Smith (chair), The Rev. Sally Bartling, and Stephanie Setley) to review the draft for Synodical Lay Worship Leadership prepared by the bishop with report to the Synod Council with recommendations. Until further action, applications to enter the roll of Bishop's Lay Worship Leaders are not being accepted.
|Bishop's Lay Worship Leader
||Base of Operations
|Melissa Bannister||Parkersburg, WV
|Lois Broyles||Barboursville, WV
|George Friedline||New Martinsville, WVfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lola Graham (temporarily unavailable)||Upper Tract, WV||304-358-7733|
|Jerry Harman (temporarily unavailable)
|William Hawk (temporarily unavailable)||Wheeling, WVemail@example.com|
|Henry Hodges||Wardensville, WV
|Patricia Keller (temporarily unavailable)||Keyser, WV
|Barbara McDowell*||Parkersburg, WV
|George McKinney (temporarily unavailable)||Hurricane, WV
|James Sheatsley||Beckley, WV||304-252-5321 (O)
|Vicki Tomich (temporarily unavailable)||Moundsville, WV
|Richard Wolford||Charleston, WV
|Carl Yost (temporarily unavailable)||PC||304-897-5041|
Seminarians in good standing and authorized by their seminaries (or, absent an authorization protocol, the Bishop) and those approved by an ELCA synod for ordination (deaconal or presbyteral) may also be engaged for supply preaching. They may preach but not preside at altar. The two closest seminaries to the bulk of our territory are United Lutheran Seminary (Gettysburg Campus), Gettysburg, PA, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH. When considering someone other than one listed, contact the bishop.
|Devin Ames (available when home on breaks)
||Junior M.Div. Track / Luther Seminary
||St. Paul, MN
||Approved for Presbyteral Ordination / ULS
||Middler M.M.L. Track / ULS
WV-WMD does not, at the present time, have any deacons providing supply ministry on the territory of this synod (who have also requested to be on the public list). Deacons (on the ELCA roster of ministers of Word & service) who are in good standing in their own synod may be engaged for supply work under the same conditions as any other supply preacher. They may preach but not preside at altar. When considering someone other than one listed, refer to the guidelines posted after this list.
The names listed below are known to the synod as ordained
presbyters (pastors or ministers of Word & Sacrament) in good
standing in the ELCA or a full-communion partner. They may both
preach and preside at altar. When considering someone other than
one listed, refer to the guidelines posted
after this list.
||Base of Operations
|The Rev. Dr. Timothy Allen (UMC) (temporarily unavailable)||Fairmont, WV
|The Rev. Paul Blank
||Deep Creek Lake, MD
|The Rev. Jacqueline Campbell (temporarily unavailable)||Fairmont, WV
|The Rev. Larry Cantu (temporarily unavailable)||Winchester, VA
|The Most Rev. Dr. Ralph Dunkin||Wheeling, WVfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Rev. Ron Kreiensieck
|The Rev. David Lee (PCUSA) (temporarily unavailable)||Elkins, WV
|The Rev. Bob Lowden
||Stephens City, VA
|The Rev. Thomas Omholt||Oakland, MDemail@example.com|
|The Rt. Rev. Matthew L. Riegel, S.T.M.
|The Rev. Sherri Schafer
|The Rev. R. Alvin Schafer
|The Rev. Tony Setley
|The Rev. Donald Thomas
|The Rev. Sharon Van Dam (temporarily unavailable)||Wellsburg, WV
Congregations in the Eastern Panhandle might want to consider
obtaining supply preachers from the Gettysburg Campus of United Lutheran Seminary.
Congregations along the Ohio River might look to Trinity Lutheran
Seminary, Columbus, OH. Seminary professors and staff may be
available. Likewise, seminarians are often authorized by the
seminaries to supply preach. Verify with the seminary that this is
the case before engaging a seminarian.
WV-WMD accepts the credentials of supply preachers authorized by
our neighboring ELCA synods. To locate contact information for
these synods, visit the
ELCA's "Synods" webpage.
The provisions of the ELCA's full-communion agreements provide
for pulpit & altar fellowship as well as the
interchangeability of clergy. The differences, however, between
our respective rosters complicate this interchangeability. Prior
to engaging a ordained or layperson for supply, contact the synod
office to verify appropriateness.
Before engaging a supply pastor, especially for sacramental or
other ministerial functions, please contact bishop. Per our
polity, the following may preside at altar in our congregations:
When it is impossible to secure a supply preacher from any of the
approved/recommended sources, two options remain open for