After serving as Associate Pastor at Trinity for several years, Pastor Schefelker is now the Visitation Pastor.
Pastor Perry Schefelker was born in New London, Wisconsin in 1947. He attended Concordia High School and Concordia Junior College in Milwaukee. He received a Bachelor or Arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1969, and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in 1973.
His first parish was in Shellsburg, Iowa, near Cedar Rapids. He served there from 1973 to1977. From there he went to Sheldon and Gilman, Wisconsin (a dual parish), where he served from 1977 to 1981.
For the next year Schefelker served in Wichita, Kansas, as the Refugee Services Coordinator for Lutheran Social Service of Kansas and Oklahoma. Following that he received a year’s training in clinical pastoral education in the Kansas City area, earning an endorsement from the Inter-Lutheran Consultation Committee for Specialized Pastoral Care Ministry in 1983.
Pastor Perry returned to full-time pastoral work after his chaplaincy training. He served at Parsons, Kansas 1984 to 1991, and Ireton, Iowa from 1991 to 1997. In 1997 he accepted a Call to Centralia, where he continues to serve as Visitation Pastor.
During Pastor Schefelker’s time in Wichita he met and married his wife Diane. She works as a case manager at Centralia’s Community Resource Center. They have two sons, Andrew and Nathan.