Pastor Waddell was installed as Faiths pastor on July 29, 2012. Before coming to Faith he served as pastor of two small congregations in Missouri and a small congregation in Michigan. As of May 2014, he has been a parish pastor for almost 23 years.
He studied for the ministry and earned the M.Div. at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins from the University of Michigan.