John Wertz, Jr.

John Wertz, Jr. has been the pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Blacksburg since 2004 and is a co-founder of Micah’s Backpack, a community partnership providing weekend meals for hungry schoolchildren. In addition to his parish work, Wertz oversees the Mission Leaders Network and consults with congregations and organizations on church leadership and fundraising. Wertz graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1997. Pastor Wertz and his wife, Kristen, have two boys who are students at Blacksburg High School.

“Having worked with many families receiving hospice, I know what a difference hospice care can make and look forward to helping Sojourn Center hospice house become a community resource supporting patients and families at the end of life.”