Spirtitual Leadership

Everyone's a Spiritual Leader. All those within of our community of faith are encouraged to participate in the spiritual leadership of the community...the Spirit moves through children of all ages, assisting ministers, communion assistants, more.

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Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Acts 20:28

Rev. Richard Yost

Rev. Richard "Dick" Yost retired in 2021 after sixteen years of pastoral service at neighboring Immanuel Lutheran. After a year of retirement, Bishop Lee Miller II recognized the potential for his continued service in Christ and suggested he consider the transitional pastoral position at Luther Memorial. He was familiar with several of our members, and he was very much aware of the steadfast dedication of our congregation to each other, and their faithful commitment to service in the community-at-large. A mutually rewarding relationship soon was sealed when "Let's rock this place!" boomed out at the first service, announcing his welcoming expectation for the first hymn of the day. In August 2023, Rev. Yost made a permanent move to Luther Memorial with his wife Mary Dee, in a contracted position and, yes, he has continued to rock the place ever since.

Rev. Diane Wheatley

Rev. Diane Wheatley has been an integral part of the Luther Memorial community leading our mid-week Wednesday night services for a number of years. She was ordained in 1984 and has served the Upstate New York synod at St. Luke's, Ithaca; St. Paul's, Liverpool; and Prince of Peace, Fulton. Rev. Wheatley has written the "Grace Notes" weekly column for the Fulton and Oswego newspapers since 2017. The Luther Memorial 'Wednesday Nighters' cherish their half-hour services together, pondering lessons and scriptures through her unique storytelling and theme-oriented messages. Services are every 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm.