Christmas Advent HERO

James Wetzstein


James Wetzstein University Pastor 219.464.6794

Get an appointment with him here.

His office is Room 117 of the Helge Center, the addition to the Chapel.

Pastor James Wetzstein is the mentor for the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) and works with the students who plan and implement Celebrate! every Wednesday night as well as the Sunday morning sacristy team. He meets regularly with Valpo’s LCMS-U chapter to discuss current issues in theology and culture. Lessons learned through independent international travel and 12 years of experience in a small, multicultural congregation in Gary, Indiana, are at the root of his commitment to a global vision coupled with gospel-driven, grassroots local action. Pr. Jim and his wife, Tracey, an attorney, live in Gary with their 15-year-old son, Gabriel, and two dogs and two cats. He draws a weekly, three-panel comic strip for churches called “Agnus Day.”

He is currently in the Liturgical Studies PhD program at Notre Dame where he hopes to do research on the life and work of the 20th century Lutheran liturgical sculptor, the late Ernst Schwidder

Pastor Jim takes turn writing a weekly devotional piece. Find an archive of those writings here.


M.Div. Concordia Seminary
B.A. Concordia University Ann Arbor