Board of Directors

President – Rev. Dr. Steve Turner

Rev. Turner served as senior pastor of Trinity, Algona. He previously served the dual parish at Marcus/Quimby. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in 1985 and has been in Iowa District West since 1985. He has served as second vice president since 2000 and as a member of Iowa District West Board of Directors since 1994. Other service includes chairman of Iowa District West Committee on Lay Ministry; chairman of Rural Ministry Task Force; chairman of the district Stewardship Committee; Floor Committee chairman for 1991 district convention; pastoral delegate to 1989, 1998, and 2004 Synod conventions; and past president/member of Lutheran Family Service of Iowa Board of Directors.

First Vice President – Pastor Roger Carlisle

Rev. Carlisle serves as pastor of  Peace, Wall Lake where he began his ordained ministry. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in 1983 and has been in Iowa District West since 1983. He has served as a member of Iowa District West Board of Directors from 1994-2000 as Chairman of the Board of Youth Services. Other service includes staff at District Confirmand Retreat and Junior High Retreat; District Reconciler; District Nomination Committee; chairman of District Student Recruitment Committee; Sac City Circuit Counselor; pastoral delegate to 1989 and 2007 Synod conventions, serving as a member of Synod Floor Committee on Program and Finance in 2007; and other various District ad hoc committees.

Second Vice President – Pastor Paul Egger

Secretary – Pastor John Schonkaes

Treasurer – Scott Ernst

Scott Ernst is a CPA and shareholder in Ernst Swedean & Associates, P.C., Sioux City, IA. He and his wife Brenda are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux City, IA since 1981. He has held the position of President, Treasurer, and Elder Chairman numerous times at Redeemer and sings in the adult choir. He is also treasurer of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City.

Chairman – Stan Ullerich

Dr. Ullerich was baptized into Christ at St John-Charter Oak, confirmed his faith at St Paul-Ute and currently worships at Timothy-Council Bluffs. He served as lay member-at-large on the Board from 2003-2009 and IDW Stewardship Committee 2012-2015. Stan and his wife Nadine have three adult sons and were members at Memorial- Ames while newlyweds, since at Zion- San Luis Obispo CA, Peace- Arroyo Grande CA, Redeemer-West Lafayette IN, and Grace- Storm Lake. Stan is a professor emeritus of economics, having retired from the Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University in December 2016.

Chairman, Missions Committee – Pastor Bruce Lesemann

Rev. Lesemann serves as pastor of St. John, Storm Lake. He previously served LCMS World Missions as Church Planter and Leadership Trainer, first in the Philippines, in Sarangani Province on the island of Mindanao from 1997-2001, and then in Kingston, Jamaica from 2002-2006.  He graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1997.  Before entering the pastoral ministry, he served as a Lutheran School teacher in Illinois from 1985-1991. He has served in Iowa District West since 2006, and served as the District LWML Junior and Senior Counselor from 2010-2014.

Chairman, Human Care Committee – Darlene Rueter

Darlene is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll. She is the Parish Nurse Representative for Iowa District West. She has served on the district Human Care Committee for several years. Darlene is currently serving as chairperson of the Human Care Board at her congregation. She has served as chairperson of the Stewardship and Family Life Board as well as Church Council Secretary in the past at St. Paul. Darlene is Clinical Supervisor of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. She also works in the Quality Management department. Darlene has 2 sons, one is married.

Chairman, Stewardship Committee – Pastor Jonathan Conner

Brain numbing. That’s how Pastor Jonathan Conner feels about biographic paragraphs. But he loves words – words like propitiation (see 1 John 4:10), splagchnizomai (see “compassion” in Luke 15:10), and chesed (see “abounding in steadfast love” in Exodus 34:6). Those words will put fire in your veins – and those words are found in The Word. Reading about Pastor Conner’s ministry at St. John Lutheran Church in Sanborn from 2004 – 2010 and his current service at Zion Lutheran in Manning from 2010 along with the various boards and committees on which he has served will turn your blood to sludge and your brain to mush (just like the TV you bow before every evening). So stop reading about Pastor Conner (and leave your TV off tonight) and go look up Matthew 6:19-21. Go look up Mark 4:19. Go look up 2 Corinthians 8:7 and Proverbs 30:7-9. Study those words. Chew on them in context. Crunch them in your teeth. Drink them as Castrol for your veins. Slam them as Jolt for your mind. Ingest words that matter. And then serve them in your church. Watch what happens.

Chairman, Christian Education Committee – Pastor Richard Salcido

Rev. Richard Salcido has served as Senior Pastor of St. Paul, Ida Grove since 2008. From 1976-1982 he served as a Director of Christian Education at, Blessed Savior, New Berlin, WI. And from 1982-1988 as a DCE at Trinity, Decatur, IL.

Since his completion of Colloquy at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he has served from 1991-1994 as Pastor of Our Savior, El Paso, TX.; from 1994-2008 as Associate Pastor at Salem Jacksonville, IL., (including 1998-1999 Interim Principal, Salem, Jacksonville, IL).

He has also served the church on the South Wisconsin District Youth Ministry Task Force; planner and presenter at Central Illinois District youth counselor training events, South Wisconsin District DCE Chairman; Central Illinois District DCE Chairman, Chairman for two Central Illinois District / Southern Illinois District Youth Gatherings; Rocky Mountain District Board of Evangelism; Delegate  to the 2001 LC-MS Convention;  Iowa District West LWML Zone Counselor, Delegate to the 2013 LC-MS Convention.

Beyond the church he serves as President of the Iowa Federation of Lutherans For Life; Hospice Chaplain for Ida Grove Horn Hospital; Ida County Ministerial Association representative to the Ida County Community Alliance, Ida County Medical Reserve Corps; Ida Grove Kiwanis.

Chairman, Youth Services Committee – Pastor Jonathan Riggert

Rev. Riggert has served as pastor of Trinity, Cherokee, since December of 2010.  He previously served as associate pastor at Holy Cross in Saint Cloud, MN, for over five years.  He graduated from Concordia- St. Paul in 2001 and from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis in 2005.  He has served as dean of the IDW Senior High Youth Gathering since 2012; chaplain at Camp Okoboji since 2011; pastoral delegate to the 2013 Synodical Convention; is president of the Cherokee County Ministerial Association; and also serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Iowa State Patrol.

Ordained Minister-At-Large – Pastor Dan Vogel

Daniel Vogel is the pastor of Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1982. Previously he served as a Hispanic Church Planter at Monte de Los Olivos Lutheran and Bilingual Pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran both in the Miami, Florida area. He has been the District since 1997 serving as pastor at Zion, Manning and IDW Hispanic Missionary in Denison, Storm Lake and Des Moines. He has served as Carroll Circuit Counselor. Daniel is married to Paula Schmidt. They live in rural Manning and have six children and 5 grandchildren.

Commissioned Minister-At-Large – Doug Kading

Doug Kading is a Director of Christian Education presently serving as Executive Director of Camp Okoboji. He is a native Iowan and a graduate of Concordia University Nebraska. He served for seven years as a public school teacher in Fort Dodge as well as serving as a part-time DCE at St. John, Vincent and St. Peter, Woolstock, until becoming a full-time DCE at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Spencer from 1979-1989. Doug has served on the Camp Okoboji Board of Directors, as Chairman of the IDW Scholarship Committee, and on the IDW Education Committee. In his congregation he has served as an elder and on the Board of Education. Presently he sings in the adult choir. Doug is a member of the National Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association and serves on the IDW Missions Committee.

Lay Member-At-Large – Tim Buelow

Tim is a charter member of Messiah Lutheran in Johnston and has been a member of IDW since 1976. He served as Vice President (2009-2010) and President (2011-2012) of the church council at Messiah and was the Lay Delegate to the 2012 IDW Convention. He and his wife Heidi have two young sons and live in West Des Moines. Tim attended Iowa State University and earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He currently works as an environmental engineer at Barker Lemar Engineering Consultants in West Des Moines.

Lay Member-At-Large – Marilyn Schroeder

Marilyn is a member of Trinity, Boone.  She has been a member of Iowa District West since 1973.  She served as District LWML President from 2006-2010.  She currently serves as National LWML Structure (Bylaws) Chairman.  Marilyn has been appointed to serve as the convention chairman for the 2015 National LWML Convention in Des Moines.  LWML is her passion!