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Got a Need? I am Available to You
I am available to you for your event or need! As:
Consultant for Worship
Consultant for Church Conflict
Consultant for Mission Renewal
Consultant for Communications/Web Development
Lecturer/Guest Speaker on Discernment & Church Leadership
Synod Assembly Bible Study Leader ● Workshop Leader ● Teacher ● Preacher ● Writer ● Composer, Organist
Samples of my lectures and workshops can be found under the "Lectures" button at the left. My background and "What people are saying about me" are below. Contact me by clicking the email link on the front page of this website for information regarding calendar availability and fees. References are available upon request.
Background: Prior to becoming a pastor in 1987, I had a 15-year career in publications, serving as an editor and publisher of suburban weekly newspapers, general manager of a daily newspaper and publishing company, and later a consultant in publications and print media management.
All these skills combined to serve me well as a parish pastor and redeveloper, serving parishes in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. As a pastor-redeveloper, I have a keen understanding of the central role of God's call in the life of a church and have worked with numerous pastors and parishes to assist them discerning God's call and developing strategic plans for mission. My current call to the Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA is serving as an intentional interim pastor specializing in turnaround work for troubled parishes seeking renewal and new direction. In addition, from 2002 to 2007, I served the Bishop's staff of the Florida-Bahamas Synod as Director of Communications. From 2008-2011, I served on the Bishop's staff of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA to plan, develop and initiate a $1 million fund and capital campaign to assist with the support and training of pastors.
My worship and music interest span over 45 years of study, writing, lecturing, teaching, leading workshops, and assisting committees, pastors, parishes, and synods throughout the ELCA. I am a professional musician and a published composer (Augsburg Fortress and GIA) and have served as Worship Consultant to the Florida-Bahamas Synod and the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA.
This website receives more than 6,000 visits per month and is presently a linked resource for numerous synods and denominations, as well as other liturgy and sermon preparation websites.
What people are saying about me:
"Liturgist, musician, poet, vagabond, priest--Pastor Thomas Weitzel combines his many gifts to nurture God's people in the art of worship. He is thorough, prompt, perceptive, and engaging, whether creating liturgies or working with groups. Tom's high energy and deep spirituality made him a valuable colleague with the Office of the Bishop." --William B. Trexler, former bishop, Florida-Bahamas Synod
"When you put together a depth of feeling, a love of the cross, musical talent, and a way with words, what you come up with is liturgy, teaching, and preaching by Thomas Weitzel. I am happy to have benefited from his talents, and recommend him highly." --Robert Smith, former Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, IN, now retired
"Thomas Weitzel was retained by St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater, FL during my assignment as interim Sr. Pastor. We were up to our shoulders in a worship war between contemporary and traditional devotees. Not only did I discover that Tom is a creative musician, but I came to treasure him for his keen insights into people, corporate controversy and mission. I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to work together with him. I highly recommend him to you." --Pastor Chris Hellevik, Bloomington, MN
"As a teacher, Pastor Thomas Weitzel has a knowledge of the Bible and biblical history that bring his classes alive and make them relevant. He brings humor and fun into his presentation style." --LaDelle Daly, former Council President at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater, FL
Will Console Us?
An article from the St. Petersburg Times about the work I do in creating worship responses to various situations, here focusing on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. .