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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)
  • Cross, Burlington (Associate)**
  • St. Stephen the Martyr, Greendale (solo)  (Interim:  Rev. Suellen Myers)*
  • Grace, Kenosha (Solo) (Interim Pastor, Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld), MET
  • Gloria Dei, Menomonee Falls (solo),(Interim: Rev. Tom Osterfield)
  • Holy Cross, (Associate/Assistant), Menomonee Falls**
  • Christ Church, Mequon (Associate Pastor)*
  • Immanuel, Milwaukee (Van Cleave, Intern at Ascension)
  • Incarnation, (solo), Milwaukee (Interim:  Mick Roschke)*
  • Our Savior Lutheran (solo), Milwaukee (Interim Pastors are Diane Olson and Kristin Berglund), MET
  • 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)
  • Holy Communion, Racine (Associate)*
  • Messiah, Racine (solo) (Interim: Lee Longrie)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (Solo) (Interim: Roger Black)
  • Mt. Pleasant Lutheran, Racine (Associate)
  • First United, Sheboygan (associate)*
  • Living Hope Lutheran, Saukville (solo) (Interim:  Rev. Mark Belknap)**
  • Grace, Thiensville (solo)  (Interim:  Rev. Chuck Brummomd)*
  • Ascension, Waukesha (Associate)**
  • St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa (Associate Pastor)**

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

* – Call Committee formed

** – Names submitted

*** – Call extended

Current leaders in transition

  • The Rev. Lindsay Jordan, called to Christ the King, Delafield
  • The Rev. Vicki Simon, called to Immanuel, Cedarburg
  • The Rev. Dennis Jacobsen retired from Incarnation, Milwaukee
  • The Rev. Gail Brodersen-Heins retired from St. Stephen the Martyr, Greendale
  • The Rev. Michael McAllister on-leave from call from Living Hope, Saukville
  • The Rev. Steve Wohlfeil retired from Reformation, Milwaukee
  • The Rev. Jon Breimeier, called to Christ the King, Pt. Washington on December 1, 2013
  • Tim Tahtinen, ordained on Sunday, November 24, 2013 and called to Divine Word-Pentecost
  • The Rev. Arlen Solem, called to Cross Lutheran, Milwaukee as Associate Pastor, Installed on November 24, 2013
  • The Rev.Jay McDivitt, called to Christ the Servant, Waukesha
  • The Rev. Eric Luedtke called to  St. John’s, Brookfield
  • The Jennifer Kuhnert,  called to Christ Our Savior, Sussex
  • The Rev. Betty Baires called to Lutheran Church of the Great Spirit, Milwaukee
  • The Rev. Kerstin Hedlund called to Lake Park, Milwaukee
  • The Rev. Stacy Seger called to Lord of Life, Kenosha
  • The Rev. Gary Grindeland called to Grace Lutheran in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • The Rev. Anne Strickert called to Bethesda Lutheran, Ames, Iowa
  • The Rev. John Bischoff, called to St. Paul/Zion, Racine in May, 2013
  • The Rev. Karen Pahl installed at  St. Luke, Waukesha, April 7, 2013
  • The Rev. Elizabeth Davis, installed on May 5, 2013 at  Cross, Ixonia
  • The Rev. Chris Manke called as Lead Pastor, St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa, installed on June 9, 2013
  • ROSTERED LEADERS RECENTLY DECEASED
  • The Rev. Jerome Petersen, October 4, 2013
  • The Rev. Victor Hackbarth, June 21, 2013
  • The Rev. Pamela Kerschner on April 11, 2013