Rev. Dr. Douglas Schoelles
Lead Pastor & Eternal Futures Investor
October 25, 2020
To My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
As of today, I am resigning my call as pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kingsburg, CA. My last day will be November 14, 2020. In the course of this year I perceived I am being called to a new adventure in serving Christ. Thus, I have accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
During the past five years we have done much together to increase our redemptive potential as a missional congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have studied the weekly scriptures together, studied the book of Revelation, and studied scripture to learn how to grow as disciples. We have invested ourselves in prayer through the weekly prayer group, the prayer vigils and expanding the prayer chain. We have restructured our ministry to be more streamlined into ministry teams in order to carry out the church’s function of worship, discipleship, evangelism, servant outreach and fellowship. We have recast Concordia as congregation that is “Of One Heart and Mind in Christ” and a place where Neighbors Can Become Friends And Friends Can Become Family. We have found various ways to reach out to our community and to welcome into our gathering.
As I am called by the LORD to serve His Church elsewhere, I believe the time has come for a new pastor to bring new energy and new perspectives. The congregation would do well to explicitly seek an orthodox pastor who is diligent in prayer, vigilant in the Word, and zealous for reaching people far from God. This congregation can make this interim time before a new pastor arrives a rallying time where they come together to focus on Christ and His mission.
I am grateful for the ministry we shared together. The time I have been with you has been an immense blessing in my life.
“I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”(Eph 3:18-19)
May the LORD bless you this day,
Rev. Dr. Douglas Schoelles
Douglas was raised outside Detroit, Michigan. As early as the 2nd grade, Douglas began to hear the call of the Holy Spirit to serve the LORD as a pastor. There has never been a time in his life when he has not known the LORD, although there have been times when he didn’t act like it.
Seminary & Pastoring
Sight unseen he moved to Austin and graduated from the University of Texas. He worked a couple of years for a Fortune 500 insurance company before going to seminary. After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with his Masters in Divinity, he pastored a church in rural West Texas. From 1995 to 2002, he transitioned a traditional church outside San Antonio into a thriving, disciple making congregation with culturally relevant worship that more than doubled in worship, lowered the average age of participants to reflect the age of the community, and expanded its missional outreach. In 2002, Douglas left to participate in a doctoral scholarship at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Out of his desire to lead a church that impacts people lives, Douglas moved north to Tarrant County in 2003 to plant Church of the Resurrection. On July 11, 2004, Douglas was nearly killed when an unlicensed driver ran a stop sign and then fled the scene.
Call to Concordia
In November of 2015 Douglas accepted the call to be Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kingsburg, CA. Douglas is known for vibrant preaching, his passion for service to the community, investing in building-up disciples and his commitment to foster a relational ministry.