Military Connections

The WELS Military Services Committee provides spiritual services to WELS members and others who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

The committee carries out its mission through a ministry-by-mail program, a full-time civilian chaplain in Europe, and a national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military. Chaplain Joshua Martin serves hundreds of military personnel and civilians in Europe. He and his family live in Spiesheim, Germany (near Mainz and Frankfurt) and minister to military personnel and civilians scattered throughout Europe.

As WELS' national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military, Pastor Paul Ziemer maintains regular contact with many WELS troops and their families. He coordinates training conferences for WELS military contact pastors and orients and mentors new military contact pastors. When military clearance and funding permit, he supervises periodic chaplain trips to the Middle East or other areas of hostility.

One hundred twenty-two WELS pastors who live near military installations in the continental U.S. and select nations overseas stand ready to serve our military personnel and their families as part-time WELS civilian chaplains.

Please feel free to contact us at 850-936-1005 or

WELS Military Support Services
provides spiritual support and
resources to individuals and families.

Military Devotions



"Abiding love surrounds those who trust in the Lord." ~ Psalm 32:10