The Rev. John Wertz, Jr.

Rev. Wertz, M.Div. served as the pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va. from 2004 until he was recently appointed as Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop of the Virginia Synod. He now serves on the Board of Trustees as the Virginia Synod Bishop’s designee.

Rev. Wertz has a passion for putting God’s Word into action. While at Good Shepherd, he helped launch Shepherd’s Care—an Alzheimer’s Respite program—and expanded a food pantry. At St. Michael, Rev. Wertz helped create Micah’s Caring Initiative, a community partnership sponsored by St. Michael, which works with more than 200 partner organizations to provide weekend meals for hungry students, monthly meals to low income senior adults and fresh food in the summer to local food pantries.

Pastor Wertz has served on the Council of the Virginia Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), on the Synod Finance Committee and as President of the Lutheran Partners in Mission Board.

A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., Rev. Wertz was ordained by the South Carolina Synod in 1997 and served his first call at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Walterboro, S.C., from 1997 until 2004.

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