The congregation of Christ Lutheran Church has called the Rev. Dr. William E. Bogholtz to be its new pastor. Pastor Bogholtz arrived in Cape Coral in May and will be officially installed as pastor Saturday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
During the Festival Eucharist, the Rev. Robert Schaefer, bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, will officially confer the Pastorate of Christ Lutheran on Pastor Bogholtz. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Thomas Slater, pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Naples. Slater serves as the dean of the Caloosa Conference of the Florida-Bahamas Synod and was a seminary classmate of Pastor Bogholtz.
Pastor Bogholtz comes to Cape Coral after having served congregations from rural Pennsylvania to urban New York City to suburban, coastal New England. Most of his ministry has involved helping congregations work through problems they are facing. He was attracted to the Cape Coral congregation because, despite struggling with issues from the great recession, it is a congregation focused on mission and ministry in the community.
Pastor William Bogholtz
In addition to parish ministry, Pastor Bogholtz serves on the board of Seafarers International House in New York City, an ELCA ministry to and among merchant seafarers and asylum seekers. He has served as a conference dean, a middle school religion teacher, and taught a literature/philosophy course and Biblical Greek at Wagner College. He also has served on the board of directors of Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, including five years as chairman.
Pastor Bogholtz was born in California and was raised in the Hudson Valley of New York. He received a BA in history with a concentration in Renaissance and Reformation from Wagner College. His master of divinity was earned at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He earned his doctor of ministry in Pastoral Theology with a concentration in liturgy from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Pastor Bogholtz is married and is the father of two adult children and three children at home.
Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is located at 2935 Del Prado Blvd., S., Cape Coral. Regular liturgies are Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.