Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75 | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : community : community news
November 15, 2019

HEATHER SCHAEFER/RIVER NEWS
                       
Staff minister John Kanter and Pastor Karl Schultz make up the new leadership team at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander.
HEATHER SCHAEFER/RIVER NEWS

Staff minister John Kanter and Pastor Karl Schultz make up the new leadership team at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander.
11/7/2019 7:30:00 AM
Zion welcomes new pastor

Heather Schaefer
Associate Editor


It has often been said that the Lord works in mysterious ways. For Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander, a challenging season of calling pastors to fill a vacancy has ended with the installation of a new leadership team and a new beginning for the congregation.

Karl Schultz was installed Oct. 20 as the church's newest pastor. He succeeded Pastor Rik Krahn who left the congregation in August to take a call in Manitowoc. Krahn's departure left the congregation, which is part of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), without a pastor, as the church council has been searching for a second pastor for approximately three years without success.

Pastor Mark Gass of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tomahawk stepped in to act as a vacancy pastor for the congregation following Krahn's departure.

Also helping to fill the void is staff minister John Kanter, who moved to Rhinelander in July with his wife, Nancy, who took a position teaching third and fourth grade at Zion's day school.

"We came (to Rhinelander) because she wanted to teach here and God has found another place for me," Kanter said.

As staff minister, Kanter will act as an assistant to the pastor and the school principal, he explained. He is also involved with various ministries within the congregation.

The Kanters were previously based in Fort Atkinson for over 20 years.

Schultz also came to Rhinelander from the southern part of the state. Most recently, he led a congregation in Lake Geneva but has also served as a pastor in Kaukauna as well as Nebraska and Minnesota.

Schultz said his top priority as he settles into his new job is getting to know people, both in the congregation and in the community at large "in order to help them in their walk with Jesus."

"Our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus to teach those who already know him so they can grow in their faith and also reach out to those who don't know him as their savior," he said. "We have a good message, an exciting message to share with people."

Both men said they've been impressed by how the Zion congregation has sustained itself during a challenging time.

"It's neat to see God's hand in it all," Schultz said. "When a congregation does have long vacancy, sometimes in a good way, it forces congregation members to step up in different ways. It's evident to me that has happened."

Both men said they've been welcomed with open arms.

"There are a lot of people here who are excited to serve Jesus," Schultz said. "It's a neat thing to step into something like that."



Heather Schaefer may be reached at heather@ rivernewsonline.com.







Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search
search sponsored by



Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE


Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Classifieds
Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'

Twitter
Relay for Life









Life
Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions


The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2019 1up!

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved