By Vicar David L. Wenndt
Vicar David Wenndt and Hannah Wenndt began a year of service at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Chapel in Hazlewood in early July. Photo by Rev. Douglas Spittel
Greetings in the name of Christ! The writer to the Hebrews states: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Chapel in Hazelwood lives out this confession as I was recently installed as their new vicar. While change is never easy, we pray that God may continue the wonderful work that has been done here throughout my vicarage as well.
My name is David Wenndt, and I’m most recently from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was born in central Iowa and moved to Independence, Kansas, when I was six. From there my family moved to Lancaster, Wisconsin, when I was thirteen years old. I graduated from Lancaster High School, and then attended Concordia University-Wisconsin.
I started seminary immediately after college, but the Lord had other plans and I spent the next thirteen years working. In 2011 I moved to Fort Wayne with the intention of resuming seminary, and I met my wonderful wife, Hannah. We were married on Black Friday in 2014 in Fort Wayne. Hannah is a professional photographer and artist and has been incredibly supportive of my pursuit of the ministry. I’m excited that my seminary journey has brought me here to beautiful Hazelwood.
We’re so excited to spend this year with all the wonderful people in Hazelwood. It will be an exciting year as we learn about ourselves, about God’s Church, and about all the wonders of Hazelwood during my vicarage year. I’m reminded of the words of St. Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:3-6) This was true when St. Paul first wrote these words, and it’s true for you in 2022. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who became human and died for your sins so that you might have eternal life through faith. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Chapel is your congregation here in Hazelwood. We are here for you, and all the people of the neighborhood, and can’t wait to meet you!
So please come by and see us! We’re here Sunday mornings at 9:30 for the Divine Service. Devotionals are on Fridays at noon and bible study takes place on Wednesdays at noon. We also still have our every-other-Sunday afternoon community dinners. I’m excited to be here, and I look forward to meeting all of you. Thank you for welcoming me and Hannah into this wonderful city.
God bless each and every one of you!