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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 March 25, 2017

          (Italics = additions & changes in the last month) 

Rostered Leader Vacancies

Solo pastorate, with weekly pulpit supply

  • Cross, Ixonia

Vacancy filled by current staffing

  • First United, (associate pastor), Sheboygan

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

  • Emaus, (bi-lingual pastor), Racine (Rev Steve Wohlfeil, 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)
  • Journey in Faith (solo FT pastor), Racine – (Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim)
  • Lake Park (associate pastor), Milwaukee – (Rev. Alexis Twito, PT pastor)
  • Lord of Life (associate pastor), Kenosha – (Rev. Cynthia Aasen, interim)
  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine – (Rev. Harvard Stephens, extended supply)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (senior pastor), Pewaukee – (Rev Dr Paula Harris, FT interim)
  • St. Andrew, Racine – (Rev. David Raben, extended supply)
  • St. Andrew (solo PT pastor), Sheboygan – (Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim)
  • St. Mark (solo PT pastor), Cudahy – (Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim)
  • St Mary’s (senior pastor), Kenosha – (Rev. John Holm, PT interim)
  • St Paul (solo pastor), Kenosha  (Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim)
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee, (Rev. Gail Broderson Heins, extended supply)

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

  • Cross (senior pastor FT), Burlington*

Candidate Names Submitted**

  • Living Hope (solo PT pastor), Saukville – (Rev. Kimberly Jordan, PT interim)**
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (lead pastor), Racine**
  • Our Savior (senior FT or co-pastors 3/4T), Hartland – (Rev. Frank Jansow, PT interim and Rev. Maren Hooper, PT interim)**

Calls Extended***

  • St John’s (solo FT pastor) Stonebank (Oconomowoc)

Covenants****

  • Capital Drive (solo FT pastor), Milwaukee, Covenant for Pastoral Ministry****

ROSTERED MINISTERS IN TRANSITION as of March 25, 2017

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

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Cynthia Aasen from off the roster to reinstatement to the roster, to a synod call to interim ministry at Lord of Life, Kenosha
  • 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. Michael Mueller, from called pastor at St Andrew, Racine to a synod call to Ecumenical Ministry as FT Organizer for Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC)
  • Rev. Mark Thompson from OLC to a synod call to Mission Developer of Breaking the Chains Church, Milwaukee, a Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community (SAWC)

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Kelli Weiss, from OLC in the St Paul Area Synod to called pastor at Bethel, Muskego

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

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

  • Rev. Elizabeth Davis, from called pastor at Cross, Ixonia to OLC
  • Rev. Jacob Werkheiser, from called associate pastor at First United, Sheboygan to OLC

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • Rev. Helen Nickel, from called pastor at St Andrew, Sheboygan to retirement
  • Rev David Raben, from called pastor at St Mary’s, Kenosha to retirement

ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED

  • Rev. Henry F Hammerling, retired – died December 26, 2016