Messiah Lutheran Church 6201 W Patterson Av
Chicago IL 60634

Messiah's Pastor

Pastor Wendt     

Rev. Dr. Vernon Earl Wendt Jr. is a native of Michigan. He received his B.A. from Concordia College-Ann Arbor in 1986. He has a Master of Divinity (1990), as well as a PhD in Missiology (2000) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Wendt has served as sole pastor of St. Paul and St. Philip Lutheran Churches in Jackson, Mississippi, Christ English Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, and Grace Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. He also served as the English-speaking pastor and mission developer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Wendt's dissertation, "The Application of the Christian Faith by Small College Christian American Athletes within the Sport of Basketball" was published by the University of Oregon Microform Publications in Sport and Human Performance. Dr. Wendt has a deep passion for sharing the love of Jesus with others that they "may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18). The greatest evidence of that love is in His sending His only begotten Son to suffer and die on the cross, that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)! Dr. Wendt was installed as Messiah's pastor on July 1, 2012.

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