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 17, 2022

  • Note:
    • FT = Full time
    • PT = Part time
    • MSP = Ministry Site Profile
  • All Saints, Wales (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Larry Harpster, interim pastor
  • Ascension, Milwaukee (tri-lingual: Hmong, Spanish & English) – Rev. German Novelli, contract pastor
  • Christ, Paddock Lake (solo pastor) – Rev. Grant Quever, interim
  • Christ Our Savior, Sussex (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Michael Anderson, interim
  • Faith/Santa Fe (PT pastor, bi-lingual) – Rev. German Novelli, contract pastor
  • Galilee, Pewaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Jennifer Arnold, interim
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis ( FT solo pastor) – Rev. Lynn Erickson, 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
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (FT senior pastor) – in interim
  • Mt Olive, Mukwonago  (FT solo pastor) – in interim
  • Mt Pleasant, Racine (PT associate pastor) – Rev. Sheila Rawn, transition pastor
  • 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) – Rev. Eric Silberschmidt, interim
  • Christ the Servant, Waukesha (FT pastor) – Rev. Casey Sugden, MSP posted
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee (ELCA/PCUSA – PT solo pastor) – Rev. Marilyn Miller, contract pastor – MSP posted
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT associate pastor) – Rev. John Berg, associate bridge pastor – MSP posted
  • Prince of Peace, Milwaukee (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Molly Doreza, interim
  • St Luke, Sheboygan Falls (PT-FT solo pastor) – Rev. David Patterson, bridge pastor – MSP posted
  • St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Karen Natterstad, bridge pastor – MSP posted
  • Grace, Grafton (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Greg Van Dunk, interim – Names Received
  • Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls (FT associate pastor) – Names Received
  • Atonement, Muskego (FT lead pastor) – CALL extended*
  • Living Christ, Germantown (FT solo pastor) – CALL extended*
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT solo pastor) – CALL extended*
    • (* = new pastor has begun in the call)
Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of November 17, 2022

  • Note: OLC = On Leave from Call
  • Rev. Jennifer Arnold – from Assistant to the Bishop in the GMS to a call to interim ministry at Galilee, Pewaukee
  • Rev. Charles (Chip) Lutz – from candidate to called pastor at Lord of Life, Kenosha
  • Rev. Karen Pahl – from interim ministry at Mt Olive, Mukwonago to interim financial administrator Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev.  Sheila Rawn, from OLC to synod call to interim ministry at Mt Pleasant, Racine
  • Rev. Jess Short – from bridge pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls to called pastor at Living Christ, Germantown
  • Rev. Gene Talley – from South Central Synod to called pastor at Atonement, Muskego
  • Rev. Krista Zimmerman – from called associate pastor at Mt Pleasant, Racine to a new call process

Remembering Rostered Ministers who have died

  • Rev. Fred Hofer – Rev. Fred Hofer died on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Rev. Hofer was ordained in 1962 and began his ministry serving as a missionary in Ethiopia. He served as pastor at St John in Dorchester IL, St Stephen in Camp Douglas WI, Perry in Mt Horeb WI, and Our Savior in Racine WI. He also served as Director of Pastoral Care at Lincoln Lutheran in Racine until his retirement in 2003.  A full obituary is available at: Please hold Pastor Hofer’s family, friends and community of faith in your prayer as they grieve his loss. Trusting in the resurrection through Jesus Christ. May light perpetual shine upon Pastor Hofer.
  • Deacon Carol Lauterbach – Deacon Carol died on Monday, October 31, 2022. She was a member at St John’s, Jackson. For 30 years she taught in public and private schools. Deacon Carol was a teaching minister in the AELC, an Associate in Ministry and then a Deacon within the ELCA. A full obituary can be found at the following link.  Please hold Carol’s family in prayer in this time of grief. May light perpetual shine upon Deacon Carol.