Our Pastor

  Our Pastor  
Pastor James Weiland
  Bachelor of Arts Northwestern College 1981
  Master of Divinity Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary 1985
•  First Ev. Lutheran Church Racine, WI 1985-1996
  Christ Ev. Lutheran Church Merrill, WI 1996 - Present
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS

Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1959 to Don and Elaine Weiland.  Recognizing the importance of Christian education, Jim's parents sent him to St. John's Lutheran School in Lannon for his elementary education and to Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS) in Milwaukee for his secondary education. Jim graduated from WLHS in 1977.

From 1977 to 1981, Jim attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI, where he earned his B.A. degree. While attending Northwestern, Jim met his future wife, Sue, daughter of former African missionaries Pastor Richard and Irene Mueller.

From 1981 to 1985, Jim attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon, WI, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He spent his vicar* year at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor, MI. Jim and Sue married in 1982.

Upon graduation from WLS, Jim received a divine call to serve First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. He was ordained into the public ministry on July 5, 1985, and served First Lutheran for 11 years alongside the Reverend Dr. Nathan Pope.

In 1996, the Lord led Jim to accept a divine call to Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in Merrill, WI, where he continues to serve God's people today.

Jim and Sue have five children: James, Brian, Becky, Christina and Laura.

*a candidate for ordained pastoral ministry, serving in a "vicariate" or internship, usually in the third year of seminary training.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS

•  Reverend Ralph Jones   1981
•  Reverend Carl Siegler Vacancy Pastor 1982
•  Reverend Adam Horneber   1982-1989
•  Reverend Jeff Limpert Vacancy Pastor 1989
•  Reverend Joel Lillo   1989-1995
 •  Reverend Burton Stensburg Vacancy Pastor 1995
•  Reverend James Weiland   1996 - Present
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Merrill, WI - WELS