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 November 18, 2017

Recent Vacancies: (Interim pastor has not yet begun)

  • Ascension, Milwaukee (FT co-pastor)
  • House of Prayer, Franklin (FT pastor)
  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (PT pastor)
  • Zion, Ashippun (PT pastor)

Mission Exploration Process:

(no candidates received at this time) NOTE: “Transition Pastors” provide pastoral support and consistency to the congregation during a time of rostered minister transition, and do not lead a MET process. “Transition Consultants” help lead a MET process, and have limited pastoral leadership responsibilities. “Interim Pastors” provide pastoral support and lead a MET process.

  • All People’s Gathering (FT lead pastor) – Rev. Alexis Twito, PT transition consultant
  • Cross, Ixonia (PT pastor) – Rev. James Stein, PT interim
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (PT pastor) – pulpit supply
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, PT transition pastor
  • Redeemer, Hartford (FT pastor) – Rev. Jon Breimeier, PT interim
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (FT pastor) – Rev. Sue Ruehle, PT transition pastor
  • St. Andrew, Sheboygan (PT pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim
  • St. John, Brookfield (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Frank Janzow PT transition consultant
  • St. Luke, Slinger (FT pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim
  • St. Mary, Kenosha (FT senior pastor) – Rev. John Holm, FT interim
  • St. Paul, Kenosha (FT pastor) – Rev. Karen Pahl, FT interim
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee (PT pastor) – Rev. Jacob Werkheiser, PT transition pastor and Rev. Sandy Jacobs, PT transition consultant
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim
  • Unity, Brookfield (3rd pastor) – Rev. Jennifer Carlson, FT transition pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

  • Fox Point, Fox Point (FT 2nd associate pastor)
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor)
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (3/4 to FT Associate pastor)
  • Mt Pleasant, Racine (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, FT transition pastor

Candidate Names Submitted:

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee (FT pastor) – Rev Dr. Paula Harris, FT interim
  • Emaus, Racine (FT bi-lingual pastor) – Rev Steve Wohlfeil, PT interim
  • First United, Sheboygan (FT associate pastor)
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (FT pastor) – Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (FT pastor)
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT Administration pastor) – Rev. Kimberly Jordan, FT transition pastor
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT Education pastor)
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT pastor) – Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim

Calls and Covenants Accepted:

  • Christ the King, Port Washington (PT pastor) – Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson
  • Cross, Burlington (senior pastor) – Rev. John R. Brink
  • Living Hope, Saukville (PT pastor – Covenant for Shared Pastoral Ministry) – Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of November 18, 2017

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Jennifer Arnold, from senior pastor at St John’s, Brookfield to Assistant to the Bishop for Missional Leaders, Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Jonathan Briemeier, from OLC to synod call to interim ministry at Redeemer, Hartford
  • Rev. David Patterson, from Director of Pastoral Care at Luther Manor, Milwaukee to Spiritual Care Coordinator at Heartland Hospice, Milwaukee.
  • Rev. Alexis Twito, from synod interim ministry to Salvation Army Chaplain Coordinator
To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Kelly Neiman Anderson, from candidacy to called pastor at Christ the King, Port Washington, and covenanted pastor at Living Hope, Saukville
  • Rev. John Brink, from Nebraska synod to called pastor at Cross, Burlington.
From the Greater Milwaukee Synod

Rostered Ministers Recently Moved to On Leave from Call (OLC)

  • Rev. Jennifer Carlson, from called pastor at Spirit Alive! to OLC
  • Rev. Timothy McIntosh, from chaplaincy to OLC
  • Rev. Wendy Wirth Brock, from interim ministry to OLC

Rostered Ministers Recently Retired

  • Rev. Myron Deschaine, from called pastor at House of Prayer, Franklin to retirement.
  • Rev. Jon Jacobs, from called pastor at Ascension, Milwaukee to retirement
  • Rev. Bob Thays, from called pastor at Zion, Ashippun to retirement

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Died

Rev. Andrew (Drew) Russell died on October 30, 2017. Services were held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha with Rev. Andy Fetters presiding. Pastor Russell was retired from the Navy and served many years as a VA Chaplain. Please keep the Russell family, especially Pastor Russell’s wife, Vicki and their children and grandchildren in your prayers.