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The WELS Military Services Committee provides spiritual services to WELS members and others who serve in the United States Armed Forces.
The committee carries out its mission through a ministry-by-mail program, a full-time civilian chaplain in Europe, and a national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military. Chaplain Joshua Martin serves hundreds of military personnel and civilians in Europe. He and his family live in Spiesheim, Germany (near Mainz and Frankfurt) and minister to military personnel and civilians scattered throughout Europe.
As WELS' national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military, Pastor Paul Ziemer maintains regular contact with many WELS troops and their families. He coordinates training conferences for WELS military contact pastors and orients and mentors new military contact pastors. When military clearance and funding permit, he supervises periodic chaplain trips to the Middle East or other areas of hostility.
One hundred twenty-two WELS pastors who live near military installations in the continental U.S. and select nations overseas stand ready to serve our military personnel and their families as part-time WELS civilian chaplains.
We continue to send free copies of Meditations, a printed monthly worship service, and taped audio and/or video worship services to military personnel and civilians on our mailing list.
Send the names and addresses of those serving in the military or living in Europe to the Commission on Special Ministries at N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Do you or someone you know serve in the Armed Forces? Family members can receive devotions and other spiritual help materials in the mail or by email. Please complete the online referral form.
Looking for a gift for your loved one serving in the military? Get them a spiritual deployment kit, which contains a pocket-size New Testament Bible and two devotional books. Kits are available for purchase at Northwestern Publishing House.
Military Services resources for called workers and congregational leaders are available on Connect, WELS' Intranet.