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Congregations and Leaders in Transition

Life is a series of transitions from birth to death. At best, transition, though painful, can provide individuals and communities with a time of reflection, vision and opportunity to effect creative change. At worst, transitions can be disruptive and discouraging, leaving individuals and/or communities drained of spirit or hope. In all instances, transitions are made easier if there is a system of nurture and support in place to assist, coach, mentor or advise the individual and/or community through the time of transition. For individuals this support and nurture may come from parents, friends, partners and/or colleagues. For communities this support and nurture is more formalized and may be provided by someone who is appointed, elected or hired to assist the community in transition.

Downloadable Resources

Manual for Congregations in Transition Interim Ministry (183.6 KiB)

 

CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION as of July 21, 2016

          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Memorial, Glendale
  • Peace, Milwaukee
  • St. Mark, Cudahy
  • St. Olaf, Rubicon
  • Wellington Park, Milwaukee

Vacancy filled by current staffing

  • Christ Our Savior, (second pastor) Sussex

MET – in the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s ‘Mission Exploration Team’ process (no candidates received at this time)

  • Faith/Santa Fe (second pastor), Milwaukee (Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT interim)
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (solo pastor), Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT interim)
  • Lake Park (Associate pastor), Milwaukee – (Rev. Alexis Twito, PT interim)
  • Living Hope (solo pastor), Saukville – (Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim)
  • Our Savior (senior pastor), Hartland – (Rev. Frank Jansow, PT interim)
  • St Paul, (solo pastor), Kenosha  (Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim)
  • St. Paul (solo pastor), Milwaukee, (Rev. Ed Ruen, PT interim)

MSP – ‘Ministry Site Profile’ (the file shared with potential candidates) is completed*

  • Bethel (solo pastor, PT), Muskego (pulpit supply)*
  • Breaking the Chains Church (PT prison ministry pastor), Milwaukee (job description completed)
  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wolhfeil, PT interim)*
  • Cross (senior pastor), Burlington (Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, FT interim)*
  • Gloria Dei (solo pastor), Menomonee Falls (Mr. Steve Bogie)*
  • St Paul (youth minister), Random Lake*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Capitol Drive (solo pastor, PT or FT), Milwaukee (Rev. Kipp Zimmermann, PT interim)**

Calls Extended***

  • Christ the Victor (solo pastor, PT), New Berlin (Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim)***
  • North Cape (associate pastor – FT), Franksville (new position)***

Rostered Leader Vacancies filled through Congregational Partnerships

ROSTERED LEADERS IN TRANSITION as of July 21, 2016

(changes listed are those occurring in the past three months)

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Matthew Lee from pastor at St Olaf, Rubicon to Kettle Moraine Presbyterian Church, Stonebank
  • Rev Denise Mbise from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)
  • Rev. Alexis Twito from OLC to PT interim pastor at Lake Park, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Warren Williams from pastor at Atonement, Racine to PT term call at Living Faith, Racine (merger of Atonement and Our Savior)
  • Rev. Ann Williams from OLC to PT Pastor at St Matthews, Wauwatosa

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Doug Andersen, from La Crosse Area Synod to PT term call at St Luke, Waukesha
  • Rev. Jonathan Barker, from candidacy to called Pastor at Grace, Kenosha
  • Rev. Kimberly Jordan, from South Central Synod to interim Pastor at Living Hope, Saukville
  • Rev. Gabriel Marcano, from candidacy to called Pastor at Emaus, Racine
  • Rev. Aida Muniz, from the Caribbean Synod to Associate Pastor at All Peoples, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from OLC to PT term call Pastor at Bethlehem, Muskego

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • The Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe from pastor at Living Hope, Saukville to South Central Wisconsin Synod, interim ministry

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY MOVED to ON LEAVE FROM CALL (OLC)

  • The Rev. Thomas Pietz from solo Pastor at Our Savior, Hartland to OLC

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • Ruth Schmidt, from AIM at Grace, Grafton to retirement

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED

  • The Rev. Ellsworth Freyer, retired – May 25, 2016
  • The Rev. Chuck Ruehle, retired – June 1, 2016
  • The Rev. Richard Warber, retired – June 14, 2016