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Joel Loren Pless

Joel Loren Pless, American humanities educator. Ordained Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 1986. Scholarship committee member Marth Foundation, Marathon, 1987—2000; donor Marathon County Blood Bank, Wausau, since 1986, Southeast Wisconsin Blood Center, West Bend, since 2000; board directors WELS History Institute, since 2004; Member of Lutheran History Conference, Evangelical Theological Society, Society Biblical Literature.

Background

  • Pless, Joel Loren was born on January 31, 1960 in Elgin, Illinois, United States. Son of Loren Gerold and Jean Marlene (Cikanek) Pless.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, Concordia University, 1980. Bachelor, Concordia University, 1982. Master of Divinity, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, 1986.

      Master of Sacred Theology, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, 1993.

    Career

    • Pastor St. John's Lutheran Church, Edgar, Wisconsin, 1986—2000. Assistant professor Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, since 2000. Pastor Zion Lutheran Church, Marathon, Wisconsin, 1986—2000.

      Instructor Northland Lutheran High School, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1987—1988, 1996—1997. Pulpit assistant St. John Lutheran Church, Mukwonago, Wisconsin, since 2002. Circuit pastor We. Wisconsin District, Edgar, 1996—2000.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 1986.

    Works

    • Author (booklet): From Tragedy to Triumphant: The History of Zion Lutheran Church, 1992.

    Membership

    Scholarship committee member Marth Foundation, Marathon, 1987—2000. Donor Marathon County Blood Bank, Wausau, since 1986, Southeast Wisconsin Blood Center, West Bend, since 2000. Board directors WELS History Institute, since 2004.

    Member of Lutheran History Conference, Evangelical Theological Society, Society Biblical Literature.

    Personality

    Interests

    Writing, woodworking, book collector.

    Connections

    • Married Linda Jean Siewert, May 27, 1990. Children: Monica, John, James.
    • father: Loren Gerold Pless
    • mother: Jean Marlene (Cikanek) Pless
    • spouse: Linda Jean Siewert
    • children: Monica Pless
    • John Pless
    • James Pless
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    Born January 31, 1960
    (age 57)
    Nationality
    • 1980
      Concordia University
    • 1982
      Concordia University
    • 1986
      Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
    • 1993
      Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
    • 1986
      Pastor St. John's Lutheran Church
      Edgar, Florida, United States