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.

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CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION as of July 2, 2015

Pastoral Vacancies (with weekly pulpit supply)

  • Bethel, Muskego
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA
  • Peace, Milwaukee
  • Wellington Park, Milwaukee

Pastoral Vacancies (with an interim pastor)

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

  • Christ the Victor (solo), New Berlin (Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld) MET
  • St. Paul (solo), Random Lake (Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe) MET

Call Committee Formed*

  • Reformation (solo – PT), Brookfield (Rev. Suellen Myers, interim)*

Names Submitted**

  • Gloria Dei (solo), Menomonee Falls (Rev. Tom Osterfield, interim)**
  • Grace (solo PT), Kenosha**
  • Incarnation (solo PT), Milwaukee (Rev. Steve Wohlfeil, interim)**
  • Kingo (solo), Shorewood (Rev. Ron Ballew, interim)**
  • Mt. Carmel (Lead Pastor), Milwaukee (Rev. Frank Janzow, interim)*

Calls Extended***

  • Gethsemane/Emmanuel (solo – 2yr term), Racine***
  • First, West Allis and Nativity (solo), Wauwatosa***
  • Village (solo), Milwaukee (Rev. Sandy Jacobs, interim)***

ROSTERED LEADERS IN TRANSITION as of July 2, 2015

Within the GMS

  • The Rev. Jennifer Carlson from Mt. Hope, West Allis to called Pastor at Spirit Alive! in Pleasant Prairie
  • The Rev. Kristin Nielsen from Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee to Director of Rostered Leadership, Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • The Rev. Grant Quever from term call at Gethsemane, Brookfield to called Pastor at Gethsemane, Brookfield

To the GMS

  • The Rev. Arthur Bergren from the Northern Illinois Synod to called Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine
  • The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen from the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod to called Pastor at Our Savior, Milwaukee.
  • Karen Jost, ordained March 21, 2015, called as Pastor to St. John’s in Stone Bank
  • Elizabeth Rossing, ordained January 23, 2015, called as Associate Pastor to Church of the Resurrection in Pewaukee

From the GMS

  • Linda Schmidt, AIM called to the Northern Illinois Synod
  • The Rev. Mark Ziemann called as Pastor to the St. Paul Area Synod
  • The Rev. Dana O’Brien, called as Pastor to the Southeast MN Synod
  • The Rev. Chuck Brummond from Director of Rostered Leadership, Greater Milwaukee Synod to Interim Ministry, East Central Synod of Wisconsin

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY MOVED to ON LEAVE FROM CALL

  • The Rev. Jane Fryda to On Leave from Call (OLC) February 1, 2015

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • The Rev. Carol Creitz from Florist Ave, Milwaukee to retirement on July 1, 2015
  • The Rev. Gary Leidtke from St Luke, Waukesha to retirement on July 1, 2015
  • The Rev. Margaret Schoewe from St Matthew, Wauwatosa to retirement on July 1, 2015
  • The Rev. Mary Janz to from Emmaus, Racine to retirement on May 1, 2015
  • The Rev. Richard Peterson from First, West Allis and Nativity, Milwaukee to retirement on January 1, 2015
  • The Rev. Clifford Schmidt to retirement on January 1, 2015

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED

  • The Rev. John Worth, died May 3, 2015
  • Deaconess Violet Stang, AIM, died April 1, 2015