A Word of Introduction

Posted by Father Todd Wetzel on

A word of introduction as I have been ‘hired’ by your Vestry with the consent of Bishop Sumner and Canon Gilton to function as your Priest, Pastor, Advocate and Preacher during this ‘interim’ time between the departure of Fr. Gary and the selection and arrival of your nest Rector.  I began to exercise my calling here at St. Paul’s on Sunday, July 2.

Born on July 7, 1946 in Warren, Ohio to Harold (a wounded and decorated WWII veteran and businessman now deceased) and June (writer and college instructor.)  I have two younger brothers, Randall (now a doctor and father of four daughters) and Robin who is now raising several grandchildren.  In school I was a good student, made friends easily and enjoyed wrestling, cross country track, golf and swimming.  From the age of twelve, I knew I was being called to fulltime ministry as a priest and preacher.

In 1964, I graduated from Warren G. Harding High School and in the fall entered Ohio University where I was admitted to the Honors College and became a fellow of the University.  In the fall of 1967, my wife Cherie and I met and fell in love, marrying in the spring of 1968.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in Literature and Finance.

By the fall of 1968, Cherie and I were off to Seminary at Bexley Hall Divinity School in Rochester, NY, where we spent three very happy years.  In May of 1971 I was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Ohio and became the Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in East Cleveland, Ohio.  A year later I was called to become the Vicar of Church of the Advent in Westlake, Ohio, where I served for fourteen years.

Thereafter, I served as Rector for three years at St. George’s in San Antonio before being called to become the Executive Director of Episcopalians United for revelation, renewal and Reformation.  I served in this capacity for some fourteen years directing national and international conferences, a publishing company, editing UNITED VOICE, a large newsletter, while writing articles, editing and authoring a book and best seller,  STEADFAST FAITH. I retired from this full time ministry in 2001.  I was called to become Rector of Good Shepherd, Cedar Hill, Texas shortly thereafter.  After serving for eleven years, I retired from full time ministry and moved to far North Dallas.  

I have loved my now almost 45 years of service as a priest and my now forty nine years of marriage to my wife and beloved companion.  We’ve raised two sons (Todd, a chef and father of two delightful girls, and Andrew, a real estate salesman) and to our delight many dogs.  I love preaching, pastoral care and exercising leadership. I oil paint, enjoy novels and classical music along with gardening and home remodeling.

Some of my favorite Scriptures are Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 139 and Romans 8.  Here to serve.

I am the Reverend Canon Todd H. Wetzel.  Please call, write or stop by the office.  I’d like to get to know you.

- The Reverend Canon Todd H. Wetzel.  


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