Wendt, Willebald Rudolf (W.R.)


W. R. Wendt was a man of humble beginnings. He was born in Brookshire, Texas, on December 19, 1897. He received the call to preach while attending a tent revival near Brook-shire. He attended Blin College (High School) in Brenham, Texas. There he met his wife of 64 years, Maybelle Dallmeyer. They were married on New Years Day, 1924. She preceded him in death in April of 1988.
Brother Wendt was a graduate of Central Wesleyan College of Warrenton, Missouri, and Garrett Divinity School. He was ordained in Northern Illinois in 1925. He served churches in Illinois and Missouri until 1934 when he was appointed to the Jennings Charge in the Louisiana Conference. He served Columbia, Logansport, Bossier City First Church, New Iberia, Springhill, and Wynn Memorial in Shreveport before retiring in 1963.
Brother Wendt was a quiet, gentle pastor who radiated a spiritual quality of great strength and, at the same time, great compassion. His ministry could be characterized as one of stability. He was, for his time, a very progressive leader.
Under his leadership Bossier City First Church nearly doubled in membership from 500 members in 1947 to almost 1000 in 1952. During his tenure there the little white wooden church was replaced with a large, gracious brick church in downtown Bossier City. Yet with all of this growth, and its attendant building project, Brother Wendt’s peaceful, patient, wise, spirit enabled that congregation to have harmony with enthusiasm.
Three children were born to the Wendts: Dr. William W. Wendt, Sr. of McQueeney, Texas, Mrs. Vivian Wendt Langhorst of Shreveport, and Rev. Stephen F. Wendt of Haughton.
Nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survived him.
Brother Wendt died on April 25, 1991. Services were held at Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church where, in life, his presence and prayers blessed many. Interment was in Forrest Park West, Shreveport.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 253 By Larry Robertson

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