St. James welcomes new pastor

We welcome Scott Woodhouse

On Sunday July 14, 2024, at 4:00P.M. St. James will ordinate its 14th pastor since it began in 1848.  Pastor-Elect Scott Woodhouse recently graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne with a master’s in divinity. A former teacher of seven years, Pastor-Elect Woodhouse started his education at the seminary in the spring of 2020.  Prior to his teaching career he spent three years as a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Virgina and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Valparaiso University.  Pastor-Elect Woodhouse grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and his wife Christine is from Mexico, Missouri.  She has a degree in classical studies from the University of Missouri and works in retail management.  Both are excited to make the move to Logansport and make roots in the community.  The ordination service will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch, president of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church – Missiour Synod ( )  with the Sermon by Rev. Roger Mullet of Prince of Peace Lutheran in Buffalo, Wyoming.  Rev Mullet supervised Pastor-Elect Woodhouse during his vicarage (on the job training) at Faith Lutheran in Churubusco, Indiana.  Pastor-Elect Woodhouse still has a passion for teaching and studying theology and has plans for adult and children education in the Word of God after his installation.  St. James is a confessional congregation that holds to the Christian faith as it is delivered to us in Holy Scripture and taught in the Lutheran Confessions. We are a welcoming congregation that has had a presence in Cass County for over 175 years, and it is the only congregation in Cass County that is affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ( ).  St. James has survived a fire and a tornado and still stands to this day on top of “Holy Hill” at 9th and Spear Sts. During the early years as a congregation members would meet in each other’s homes for worship and in 1861 the land was purchased at 9th and Spear to construct the building that you see today!  The building was formally dedicated in 1868 and at that time was the largest church in Logansport.  The organ that fills the walls with music was originally purchased for $3,300 in 1881 and rebuilt after the fire of 1883.  It is a historic Barckhoff tracker organ and though it has had many updates and repairs it remains mostly original.  St. James is a landmark in Logansport and has preached Christ crucified for its whole life.  We would like you to join us at this service on July 14 to congratulate Pastor-Elect Woodhouse and welcome him and his wife to Logansport!