Sister Jean Widmeyer
Sister Jean was born in Hanover, Ontario and baptized as an infant at Hanover’s St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Her family moved several times before arriving in Stratford, where jean began school at Central. Sister Jean affirmed her baptism at Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford.
Following high school, Sister Jean attended Waterloo Lutheran University, graduating with a BA (Honours, History). She then participated in the Diaconal Year program of the Deaconess Community, and was placed in a parish in the inner city of Philadelphia.
While serving this parish, Sister Jean earned an MA in religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and became a deaconess. She was consecrated as a deaconess at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Philadelphia July 2, 1978.
Sister Jean has served in a variety of ministries and locations:
- Parish deaconess at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Philadelphia,
- PA Assistant to the Pastor, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, KS
- Director of Education Ministry, First Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE
- Assistant to the Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Estevan, SK
- Interim Diaconal Minister at Zion Lutheran Church, Saskatoon, SK
In the ELCIC Sister Jean is included in the roster as a diaconal minister. She serves at Zion as part of the interim ministry during this time of pastoral vacancy.