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Congregations and Ministers 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)



          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine

Vacancy filled by current staffing

  • Lord of Life (associate pastor), Kenosha
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (lead pastor), Racine

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

  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wolhfeil, PT interim)
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (solo PT pastor), Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT interim)
  • Holy Trinity (solo FT pastor), West Allis – (Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim)
  • Lake Park (associate pastor), Milwaukee – (Rev. Alexis Twito, PT interim)
  • Living Hope (solo PT pastor), Saukville – (Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (senior pastor), Pewaukee – (Rev Dr Paula Harris, FT interim)
  • St. Mark (solo PT pastor), Cudahy – (Rev. Steven Zittergruen, PT interim)
  • St Paul, (solo pastor), Kenosha  (Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim)
  • St. Paul (solo PT pastor), Milwaukee, (Rev. Ed Ruen, PT interim)

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

  • Cross (senior pastor FT), Burlington*
  • Our Savior (senior FT or co-pastors 3/4T), Hartland – (Rev. Frank Jansow, PT interim and Rev. Maren Hooper, PT interim)
  • St Paul (youth minister, PT), Random Lake*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Breaking the Chains Church (PT prison ministry pastor), Milwaukee**
  • Capitol Drive (solo pastor, PT or FT), Milwaukee (Rev. Kipp Zimmermann, PT interim)**

Calls Extended***

  • Bethel (solo PT pastor), Muskego (pulpit supply)***
  • Gloria Dei (solo FT pastor), Menomonee Falls***

Covenants for Shared Pastoral Ministry****

  • Memorial (solo PT pastor), Glendale****



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

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Rebecka Fetters from OLC to PT called pastor at Christ the Victor, New Berlin
  • Rev. Jane Fryda from OLC to PT chaplain at Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Michael McAllister from OLC to Mission Developer of “Wayfarer’s Faith Collective”
  • Rev. Lester Spies from FT called pastor at Living Christ, Germantown, to PT called pastor at Living Christ, Germantown and PT ‘covenanted shared pastor’ at Memorial, Glendale.

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Steve Bogie, from candidacy to called pastor at Gloria Dei, Menomonee Falls
  • Rev. Paul Erickson, from the St Paul Area Synod to Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Matthew James, from the New England Synod to a church wide call as Director of Admissions, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Rev. Delaney Schlake-Kruse, from candidacy to 3 yr term call associate pastor at North Cape, Franksville
  • Rev. Kelli Weiss, from OLC in the St Paul Area Synod to called pastor at Bethel, Muskego

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Arthur Bergren, from called pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine to Waverly, Iowa
  • Rev. Ben Groth, from associate pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls to Chaplain intern at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
  • Rev. Charles Larson from GMS (retired) to South Central Synod of Wisconsin
  • Rev. Elias Kitoi Nasari, from called pastor at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine to Bishop of the Meru Diocese of Tanzania


  • Rev. Arlen Solem, from chaplain to OLC


  • Rev Steven Anderson, from called pastor at Holy Trinity, West Allis to retirement
  • Rev Jeff Barrow, from Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod to retirement
  • Rev James Stein, from called pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee to retirement
  • The Rev. Christian D. Von Dehson, from professor at Carthage College to retirement to the Metro New York Synod.


  • Rev Quintin Schowalter, retired – died November 24, 2016