Community West Foundation Board of Directors Spotlight: Reverend Dr. David D. Buegler

Reverend Dr. David D. Buegler joined the Community West Foundation Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves on the Grants Committee. His active involvement on the board is driven by his personal passion to help those in need. He commented, “To see the plight of poverty so close to home is difficult. Serving on Community West’s Board of Directors gives me an opportunity to help those in need, especially by serving on the Grants Committee.”

Rev. Buegler was born and raised in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Business Administration at Minnesota State University. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois in 1972. After serving parishes in Jackson, Michigan and Napoleon, Ohio, he was elected Ohio District President and served in that role from 1988 – 1996. During that time, he and his family moved to Westlake and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church. He felt a calling back into parish ministry when St Paul’s lost a pastor at a young age and he stepped into the rapidly growing congregation.

In 2003, Rev. Buegler became the Executive Director of the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association from which he retired in 2008. In 2004, he was elected one of five Vice Presidents of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and was put to work on a national level. He traveled extensively visiting countries like India, Nigeria and Haiti as part of this leadership role.

Rev. Buegler still preaches every third weekend and teaches bible classes. Two honorary doctorates have been bestowed upon him from Concordia University in Ann Arbor and Chicago. Rev. Buegler loves to travel. He is a regional representative with the largest faith-based Christian travel agency located in Florida. He has led many groups on trips to Israel and river cruises throughout Europe.

Rev. Buegler and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 50 years. They have two adult daughters, Kristen and Carol, and six grandchildren.

For more information, contact Community West Foundation at 440-360-7370 or visit

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