Today, I received a news release indicating that Pastor Paul Lidtke will be receiving letters of recognition for his work in advocating for victims and helping to rehabilitate offenders. The letters will be presented on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10 am after the 9 am divine service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church; 1206 Ontario Street; Oshkosh, WI 54901.
Oshkosh Pastor Receiving Eight Letters of Recognition
Reverend Paul J. Lidtke, a Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) pastor, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, WI will receive 8 Letters of Recognition from Wisconsin leaders and government officials on Sunday, April 19th at 10:00am for his work as a victim advocate and with offender rehabilitation.
Several victims along with other ministers and attorneys contacted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s office to let him know how much Pastor Lidtke has done for them and what he has meant to them. In his written Letter of Commendation, Governor Scott Walker thanked Pastor Lidtke for encouraging and assisting crime victims in the State of Wisconsin, particularly in advocating on their behalf to make sure they received the help and support they so desperately need.
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch also adds, “His work in the victim advocacy and offender rehabilitation fields is praiseworthy.” Kleefisch further stated that Pastor Lidtke’s, “efforts and leadership over the past 25 years have helped make a lasting difference in countless lives.”
Pastor Lidtke’s commitment and dedication to victims goes well beyond his congregation. As expressed by one victim, “It is with his leadership and crucial contributions to assist and empower victims, that he has given hope to many, even under the most difficult circumstances.” Pastor Lidtke has gone above and beyond advocating for victims and, “his voice became their voice and that gave them strength” states Harry Sydney, former Green Bay Packer and founder of My Brother‘s Keeper.
In addition to victim advocacy, Sydney also states, “The impact of Reverend Lidtke’s relentless efforts can be felt from his work in prisons as he works with individuals preparing themselves for their next chapters in their lives.” On at least one occasion, he spent four years encouraging and supporting a woman on parole so she wouldn’t reoffend again recalls Reverend Daniel Krause, a former Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries pastor and Winnebago County Sheriff’s chaplain.
Governor Scott Walker, in closing, praised Pastor Lidtke by saying that he “is a wonderful example that others would do well to emulate”.
Reverend Paul J. Lidtke Recognitions:
- Letter of Commendation Given by: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
- Letter Given by: Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
- Attending and speaking: Wisconsin State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt
- Attending and speaking: U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Glenn Grothman (WI-06)
- Letter Given by: United States Senator Ron Johnson
- Read by: Camille Solberg – Regional Director/State Minority Outreach Coordinator for Ron Johnson
- Letter Given by: Burke Tower, Former Mayor of Oshkosh
- Letter Given by: Harry Sydney, Former Green Bay Packer and founder of My Brother’s Keeper
- Letter Given by: Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Northern Wisconsin District President Joel Zank
When this first started, it was supposed to be a surprise for Pastor Lidtke, but this simple expression of gratitude and appreciation quickly grew too large to keep it a secret from Pastor Lidtke. So now the information is public.
For members of WELS churches who might be interested in attending the 9 am divine service, Bethlehem Lutheran Church receives the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day (every Sunday).
May the Lord bless Pastor Lidtke.