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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.

CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION as of June 2, 2017

                  (Italics = additions & updates in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Interim pastor has not yet begun:

  • St Luke, Slinger (solo pastor) 
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (solo pastor) 

 

Mission Exploration Process (no candidates received at this time):

PT solo positions

  • Cross, Ixonia (solo PT pastor) – Rev. James Stein, PT interim
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (PT solo pastor) – pulpit supply
  • St. Andrew, Sheboygan (solo PT pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (solo PT pastor) – Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee (solo PT pastor) – Rev Jacob Werkheiser, PT interim

PT associate position

  • Unity, Brookfield (PT 3rd pastor) – Rev Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT transitional pastor

FT solo positions

  • Journey in Faith, Racine [Consolidation of Gethsemane and Emmanuel, Racine], (solo pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (solo pastor) – Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim
  • St. Paul, Kenosha (solo FT pastor) – Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim

FT associate positions

  • First United, Sheboygan (associate pastor) – covered by current staffing
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (associate pastor) – Rev. Alexis Twito, PT interim
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (associate pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, interim

FT senior positions

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee (senior pastor) – Rev Dr. Paula Harris, FT interim
  • St. Mary, Kenosha (senior FT pastor) – Rev. John Holm, PT interim

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

Candidate Names Submitted:

  • Cross, Burlington (senior pastor)
  • Emaus, Racine (bi-lingual pastor) – Rev Steve Wohlfeil, PT interim
  • Fox Point, Fox Point (2nd associate pastor FT)
  • Living Hope, Saukville (solo PT pastor) – Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (lead pastor)

Calls Extended:

  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine (solo FT term call pastor)
  • Our Savior, Hartland (FT co-pastors)
  • St John’s, Oconomowoc (solo FT pastor)

Covenants and Consolidations:

  • Capital Drive, Milwaukee,  Covenant for Pastoral Ministry – Rev. Jay Thorson
  • United Lutheran Church, Racine [St Andrew’s, St Paul’s, and Zion, Racine consolidated] – Rev. John Bischoff

 

ROSTERED MINISTERS IN TRANSITION as of June 2, 2017

(names listed indicate changes in the past 2-3 months)

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Steve Clingman, from term call pastor at Gethsemane and Emmanuel, Racine to synod call for interim ministry at Journey in Faith, Racine (consolidation of Gethsemane and Emmanuel, Racine)
  • Rev. Matthew Short, from called pastor at St Luke, Slinger to Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission
  • Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock, from OLC to PT transitional pastor at Unity, Brookfield

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Kristine Ertl, retired, from Northern Great Lakes Synod to GMS
  • Rev. Dr. Harvard Stephens, Jr., from LSTC’s Pastor of the Community and Dean of Chapel to a 2 year term call pastor at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. James Ahlquist, from Unity, Brookfield (Christ the King campus) to called pastor in the Northwest WI Synod
  • Rev. Jennifer Kuhnert, from OLC to called pastor in the South Central WI Synod
  • Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, from OLC to synod interim ministry in the South Central WI Synod

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

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • Deacon Deb Ganser, from called deaconess at First United, Sheboygan to retirement
  • Rev. Carol Hegland, from synod interim ministry to retirement
  • Rev. William Mains, from called pastor at Trinity, South Milwaukee to retirement

RECENTLY ROSTERED who have recently died

  • Rev. Larry Price, a retired pastor, died on March 26, 2017. Rev. Price served as pastor of Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc from 1966-1985. He also served congregations in Arizona and Maryland. Rev. Price’s obituary is available at this link:  http://www.thelenfh.com/notices/RevLawrenceLarry-PRICE.