The following is a listing of persons available to serve as supply clergy. Each name is provided with a contact number or email; some names also include areas in which they are able to serve.
The Rev. Sarah (Sally) Boelter
The Rev. Gene Curry
The Rev. George Davinich
The Rev. George “Chip” Dischinger
The Rev. Cynthia Garman
The Rev. Daniel Grossoehme
The Rev. Margaret Haas
The Rev. Richard Hamlin
The Rev. Shirley McWhorter
The Rev. Amy Maffeo
The Rev. Sharon Voelker
NOTE: All clergy must be compensated at no less than the current Diocesan minimum plus mileage at the current IRS rate of $0.585/mile for 2022.
Diocesan Council establishes a minimum compensation rate for supply clergy as follows:
For a single service, $150 plus travel at the current IRS rate.
For two services or a service and a Christian formation class, $200 plus travel at the current IRS rate.
For additional services, you may negotiate. Per the Internal Revenue Service, the mileage rates as of January 1, 2020 are 57.5 cents per mile.
In addition to our supply list, congregations may also call priests from Eastern Michigan’s supply list and priests from Western Michigan’s supply list. The supply rates in Eastern and Western Michigan are higher than ours.
The following ELCA pastors may also be called:
Pr. Pamela Gabel (Ann Arbor 610-428-1154; email@example.com)
Pr. Gerald Elsholz (St. Clair Shores 586-777-4167; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pr. Phil Hemke (Rochester Hills 248-219-9707; email@example.com)
Pr. Regina Johnson (Redford, 313-717-5681, Revreginajohnson102@gmail.com)
Pr. Michelle Werner (Farmington Hills, 734-646-4064, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ELCA pastors charge $200/Sunday plus mileage, rather than our usual supply rates.
There is a shortage of available supply priests, so it’s best to try to schedule priests 60 to 90 days ahead – especially in summer. When that’s not possible, such as in illness or emergency, we try to help congregations find priests for Sundays (e.g., university chaplains or associates) or special services. If that’s not possible, congregations do call their Deans.