Pastor Michael Giese began his ministry at New Life Lutheran Church, Gallipolis on June 3, after being called by the congregation in April. Pr. Giese is a Minnesota native and Army veteran who received his MDiv from the Institute of Lutheran Theology. He is married to Misty and has two adult children, Amber in college, and Justin serving in the Air Force. The Giese’s come to our mission district from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (NALC) in Rosenburg, Texas. A service of installation is tentatively planned for the morning of Sunday, July 8 at New Life with a fellowship meal to follow

Pastor Steve Turnbull was called as Senior Pastor of UALC (Upper Arlington Lutheran Church) at a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 3. Steve comes to our mission district from Community of Grace Lutheran Church, a dually affiliated congregation in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Steve’s wife, Amy is a musician and songwriter who previously served as worship leader at Community of Grace. The Turnbull’s and children, Evangeline and William will move to Columbus next month, and Steve will begin his ministry during the week of July 16. Installation Services will be Sunday, August 26, 9:00 am at the Lytham Road campus and 10:30 am at Mill Run.

Pastor Don Allman retired on June 10 from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City. A capacity crowd attended the joint celebration worship service and a lunch following. Pr. Allman served St. John’s for 33 years as both Associate and Senior Pastor. He also served as the first  Dean of the Southeast Ohio Mission District from May, 2015 to May, 2017.

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    Pr. Michael Giese       Pr. Steve Turnbull           Pr. Don Allman           Pr. Will Hartfelder         Pr. Jay Jackson


Pastor Will Hartfelder will retire on June 24 from Grace Lutheran Church in Westerville, where he has served as Senior Pastor since 2003. Pr. Hartfelder led a successful building expansion during his tenure at Grace, with a Phase 2 family life center yet to come. Congratulations!

Congratulations to
Pastor Jay Jackson, who recently accepted a call as Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Joppa, Maryland. Trinity is a large congregation with numerous staff as well as a school. Jay previously served as Interim Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church (Broad Street) in Columbus, and as a trained resource person for Congregational Renewal within our mission district. Please keep the Jackson’s in prayer as they seek housing and begin their ministry in Joppa.

Karen Bentley of St. John’s Lutheran in Grove City, was appointed on June 1 to represent Southeast Ohio as Lay Representative to the Mission Region Council. The council meets

every other month to connect the 5 Ohio Mission Districts and to initiate joint mission and

ministry efforts across the state.

Thank you for communicating the work of the NALC in Ohio in your newsletters or bulletins by using the inserts that were sent to your church in May. Knowing our partners and what God is doing in and through our congregations is a great first step in closer partnership and in joining God where He is already at work among us. Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we discern how best to further God’s mission together in SE Ohio.

The SE Ohio Mission District Council will meet on Thursday, June 21, 6:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. in Grove City. We welcome to the council David Seamon of New Life, Gallipolis and Pastor David Hill of St. John, Columbus, who were elected at the Mission District convocation in May.

Next Pastors/Lay Leaders’ gathering will be on Friday, June June 29, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church,
65 E. Columbus St., Thornville, OH 43076 with lunch at the church. We will be discussing the first chapter of Bill Mowry’s book,
The Ways of the Alongsider.