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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.

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CURRENT CONGREGATIONS IN TRANSITION

  • Gethsemane, Brookfield (solo) (Interim/2 year term call: Grant Quever)
  • Reformation, Brookfield (solo) (Interim: Rev. Suellen Myers)
  • Cross, Burlington (Associate)***
  • Grace, Kenosha (Solo) (Interim Pastor, Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld), MET
  • Gloria Dei, Menomonee Falls (solo),(Interim: Rev. Tom Osterfield), MET
  • Immanuel, Milwaukee (Carina Schilz as Intern at Ascension)
  • Incarnation, Milwaukee (solo), (Interim:  Mick Roschke)**
  • Christ the Victor, New Berlin (solo) (No interim presently assigned)
  • Kingo, (solo), Shorewood (Interim Pastor: Rev. Ron Ballew))
  • Our Savior Lutheran (solo), Milwaukee (Interim Pastor: Diane Olson)*
  • Peace (solo-pulpit supply), Milwaukee
  • Village (solo), Milwaukee (Interim: Rev. Sandy Jacobs)
  • Wellington Park Milwaukee (Solo-pulpit supply–Rev. Barsnick)
  • Bethel (solo), Muskego (Interim:  Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld), MET
  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee (Associate)**
  • Bethania, Racine, (Covenanted Pastor-Rev. Heather Bumstead)
  • Messiah, Racine (solo) (Interim: Lee Longrie)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (Solo) (Interim: Roger Black)*
  • Grace, Thiensville (solo) (Interim:  Rev. Cheri Johnson)***

MET – In Mission Exploration Team process (no candidates received at this time)

* – Call Committee formed

** – Names submitted

*** – Call extended

CURRENT ROSTERED LEADERS IN TRANSITION

  • The Rev. Kristin Rice from on-leave-from call to Cross in Burlington as Associate
  • Rev. Laura Fladten from Our Savior’s, Spring Valley, Minnesota, to Holy Communion, Racine, as Associate
    Pastor
  • The Rev. Kristin Berglund from Interim Ministry at Our Savior’s to call at St. Peter, Sheboygan
  • The Rev. Angela Khabeb from St. Peter in Delphos, Ohio, to Ascension, Waukesha as Associate Pastor
  • The Rev. Brian Hooper from Christ the Victor, New Berlin to St. Stephen the Martyr, Greendale
  • The Rev. Jacob Werkheiser from Vernon in Mukwonago to First United in Sheboygan as Associate Pastor
  • Andrew Suhr, First Call to Christ Church, Mequon as Associate Pastor
  • The Rev.Krista Zimmermann to Mt. Pleasant, Racine as Associate Pastor
  • The Rev. Matt Kruse from Redeemer in Rio, to St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa as Associate Pastor
  • The Rev. Rob Zahn from Spirit Alive!, Kenosha to Southeast Michigan Synod
  • The Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe from Synod Staff of East Central Synod to Living Hope Lutheran, Saukville
  • Ben Groth, ordained on July 12th, First Call to Holy Cross in Menomonee Falls as Associate Pastor
  • Stephanie Luedtke, AIM, Commissioned on May 7, 2014 and called to Greater Milwaukee Synod staff as Director of
    Cross+Generational Ministry
  • The Rev.Tim Tahtinen called to Spirit of Peace (formerly Divine Word-Pentecost), Milwaukee
  • ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY RETIRED
  • The Rev. Richard Druckery to retirement from St. John in Oconomowoc on October 12, 2014
  • The Rev. Jim Olia to retirement from Reformation, Brookfield on August 1, 2014
  • Chris Lear, AIM, to retirement on June 16, 2014
  • ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED
  • The Rev. Diane Loberger, April 7, 2014
  • ROSTERED LEADERS MOVED TO ON LEAVE FROM CALL
  • The Rev. Wendy Wirth-Brock from Kingo, Shorewood to OLC
  • The Rev. Paula Canby from Faith/Santa Fe to OLC
  • The Rev. Earnest Tate from Peace, Milwaukee, to OLC
  • RESIGNED FROM THE ELCA ROSTER
  • Janet Blank, AIM, on June 10, 2014