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 nrture 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 July 19, 2022

  • Note:
    • FT = Full time
    • PT = Part time
    • MSP = Ministry Site Profile
  • All Saints, Wales (FT solo pastor) – in interim
  • Ascension, Milwaukee (tri-lingual: Hmong, Spanish & English) – Rev. Bill Mains, interim – Rev. German Novelli, contract pastor
  • Christ Our Savior, Sussex (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Michael Anderson, interim
  • Christ the Servant, Waukesha (FT pastor) – Rev. Casey Sugden, interim
  • Faith/Santa Fe (PT pastor, bi-lingual) – Rev. German Novelli, contract pastor
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee (ELCA/PCUSA – PT solo pastor) – Rev. Marilyn Miller, contract pastor
  • Grace, Grafton (FT lead & associate pastors) – Rev. Greg Van Dunk, interim
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis ( FT solo pastor) – in interim
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (FT lead pastor) – Rev. Steve Rutter, interim lead pastor
  • Luther Memorial, West Allis (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, interim
  • Mt Olive, Mukwonago  (FT solo pastor) – in interim
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT associate pastor) – Rev. John Berg, associate bridge pastor
  • Prince of Peace, Milwaukee (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Molly Doreza, interim
  • Reformation, Brookfield (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Ron Ballew, interim
  • Reformation, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – in interim
  • St John’s, West Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Maren Hooper, interim
  • St Mary’s, Kenosha (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Kathy Brown, interim
  • St Matthew’s, Wauwatosa (PT associate pastor) – in interim
  • Trinity, Cedarburg (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Heidi Borkenhagen, interim
  • Trinity, Kenosha (FT solo pastor) – in interim
  • St Luke, Sheboygan Falls (PT-FT solo pastor) – supply preachers – MSP posted
  • Atonement, Muskego (FT lead pastor) – Rev. Lynn Erickson, interim – NAMES received
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Kipp Zimmerman, bridge pastor – NAMES received
  • St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Karen Natterstad, bridge pastor – NAMES received
  • Christ the King, Port Washington and Living Hope, Saukville (PT pastor at each church) – CALL extended*
  • Living Christ, Germantown (FT solo pastor) – CALL extended
  • Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – CALL extended*
  • St. Luke, Greendale (FT solo pastor) – CALL extended*
  • St Luke, Slinger (FT solo pastor) – CALL extended*
    • (* = new pastor has begun in the call)

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of July 19, 2022

  • Note: OLC = On Leave from Call
  • Rev. John Berg – from Metro Chicago Synod to Synod call to interim ministry at Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc
  • Rev. Lindsay Brennan – from Southeastern MN Synod to synod call to chaplaincy
  • Rev. Daniel Flucke – from the Northeastern Iowa Synod to called pastor at Living Hope, Saukville and Christ the King, Port Washington
  • Rev. Joshua Gyson – from FL/Bahama Synod to called pastor at St Luke, Slinger
  • Rev. Michael McAllister – from contract pastor to term called pastor at Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Roy Nelson – from called pastor at All Saints, Wales to retirement
  • Rev. Monte Peterson – from candidate to called pastor at St Luke, Greendale
  • Rev. Scott Ruffato – from called pastor at Mt Olive, Mukwanago to retirement
  • Rev. Steve Rutter – from Northwest Synod of WI to Synod call to interim ministry at Lake Park, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Jessica Short – from On Leave from Call to transition associate pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls
  • Rev.  Tom Smith – from called pastor at Trinity, Kenosha to OLC
  • Rev. Jay Thorson – from called pastor at Holy Trinity, West Allis to retirement
  • Rev. Drew Yoos – from called pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls to North Carolina Synod
  • Rev. Sarah Yoos – from called pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls to North Carolina Synod