The Church of the Brethren’s Illinois and Wisconsin District has called Walt Wiltschek to serve as district executive minister. He will begin in this half-time position on Sept. 1, planning to relocate to the district in November.
An ordained minister, Wiltschek currently is pastor of Easton (Md.) Church of the Brethren as well as an academic advisor at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., and is a member of the district ministry interviewing task team. He also chairs the Camp Mardela board of directors. Over the years, he has given much volunteer time to youth ministry and camping, having participated in the ministries of many of the Church of the Brethren camps.
He currently serves the denomination as at-large editor for the Church of the Brethren’s Messenger magazine, in a part-time contract position. He was editor of the magazine from January 2004 to Feb. 1, 2010, after having been director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren. He worked on the denomination’s communications staff for more than 10 years, beginning in August 1999. During his tenure on the denominational staff, he was seconded several times to assist with communications at large events of the World Council of Churches. More recently, he also briefly worked in communications for the Mennonite Church USA.
From 2010-2016 he held the position of university chaplain and director of Church Relations for Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind.
In previous work, he was associate pastor of Westminster (Md.) Church of the Brethren, program director for Camp Eder in Fairfield, Pa., and a sports copy editor and staff writer for the York (Pa.) Daily Record.
Wiltschek holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education/mathematics from York College of Pennsylvania; a master of arts in communications and journalism/media from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.; a certificate of biblical studies from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va.; and a master of arts in religion with a concentration in education and youth ministry from Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary.
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