Pastor Waddell was installed as Faith's 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 2017, he has been a parish pastor for almost 26 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.