Rev. Bill Wrede

Title: Admissions Officer of the East

Territory: A whole lot of states (think mostly east) and here they are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,  Georgia, Oklahoma, Hawaii (it’s all east if you go far enough), Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia


Phone: 314.505.7221

Hometown: Ludington, Michigan

Where I’ve Served: Vicarage – Pacific Southwest District (6 months), Christ-Deaf in Silver Spring, Maryland and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. (6 months). Mission Field Developer for the Deaf – Atlantic District (2000-2008) at the Mill Neck Foundation for Deaf Ministry as well as Saint Mark (Harlem) and Saint Matthew (Queens) Lutheran Churches of the Deaf. Saint Matthew-Deaf and Redeemer Lutheran Church and School – Queens, New York (2008-2011)

About Me: I was born and raised along the shores of Lake Michigan. I graduated from Concordia – Ann Arbor in 1982 and then worked with youth and music in the Oklahoma District before coming to Saint Louis and serving as an interpreter for the deaf prior to becoming a student here at Concordia Seminary in 1996. I enjoy travel (I can’t get to the United Kingdom often enough) and cycling. I’m also a fan of University of Michigan Football. Go Blue!

Favorite Place in Saint Louis: Forest Park! With free museums and zoo, it’s a great place to go often. I also enjoy cycling and the fact that the park and other areas are “cycle friendly.”

Music I Like: Mostly, classical. I also enjoy listening to things people recommend. I like classic rock, Lacrae, and Zydeco.

What I Love About Concordia Seminary: The carillon. While a lot of people know about Luther Tower, it’s the 49-bell carillon I enjoy playing and sharing with the entire neighborhood. The campus community is also a wonderful place in which to work.