LCA Phil Wahlberg, (1958-1987)

In 1958 Pastor Phil Wahlberg was elected the second full-time president of the Texas-Louisiana Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America. He was then elected as president of the Texas-Louisiana Synod of the Lutheran Church in America when that church body was formed in 1962. Wahlberg attended Texas Lutheran College for two years (where he was valedictorian), Lenoir-Rhyne College and Southern Seminary. In eight years St. Mark’s in Corpus Christi had grown from 100 members to 650 under his leadership. He would serve as president, then bishop, until the formation of the ELCA in 1987, a total of 29 years. He and the executive committee chose as his assistant Pastor Martin Yonts, who would later become the first ELCA bishop of this synod.