Life is a series of transitions from birth to death. At best, transition, though painful, can provide indivi

duals 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 16, 2019

Recent Vacancy:

  • Note: “PACT” stands for “Pastors Accompanying Congregations in Transition”. A PACT includes the following types of positions: “Interim Pastors” provide pastoral support, and lead a MET process. “Transition Pastors” provide pastoral support, and do not lead a MET process. “Transition Consultants” help lead a MET process, and have limited pastoral support responsibilities. “Bridge Pastors” offer short term pastoral support until an interim or a called pastor begins. “Consistent Supply Pastors” cover weekly worship for an extended period of time and have limited additional pastoral responsibilities.
    Vacancy covered by supply pastors or current staffing
  • Ascension, Milwaukee (bi-lingual co-pastor)
    Vacancy covered by a PACT
  • Our Saviors, West Bend (senior pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim pastor

Mission Exploration Team (MET) process:

  • Adoration, Greenfield (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Debra Trakel, PT interim pastor
  • Bethlehem, Muskego (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Dean Willich, PT 1yr term call pastor
  • Capitol Drive, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, PT bridge pastor
  • Christ the King, Delafield (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Jim Holmberg, FT interim pastor
  • Emaus, Racine (pastor, bi-lingual) – supply pastors for Spanish language service
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Carol Jeunnette, PT transition consultant
  • Incarnation, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Vicki Watkins, PT bridge pastor
  • Living Christ, Germantown (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Jon Breimeier, PT interim pastor
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (senior pastor) – vacancy covered by current leadership
  • Lutheran Church of the Great Spirit, Milwaukee (solo pastor) – supply pastors
  • Luther Memorial, West Allis (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Frank Maxwell, PT interim pastor
  • Messiah, Twin Lakes (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Melody Brink, PT 2yr term call pastor
  • Mt. Hope, West Allis (solo pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim pastor
  • Our Savior’s, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. John Holm, transition consultant
  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT transition consultant
  • Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee (solo pastor) – supply pastors
  • St. Paul, Kenosha (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Cindy Aasen, PT transition pastor
  • Vernon, Mukwanago (FT solo pastor) – Rev. David Patterson, PT interim pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

  • Advent, Cedarburg (FT pastor) – Rev. John Holm, PT transition pastor
  • Bethel, Muskego (PT pastor) – supply preachers
  • Christ the Servant, Waukesha (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim pastor
  • North Cape, Franksville (deacon for YFM) – Rev. Karl-John Stone, PT bridge pastor
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Elizabeth Baires, PT transition pastor

Candidate Name/s Submitted to Call Committee:

  • House of Prayer, Franklin (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Kathy Brown, FT interim pastor
  • Mt. Zion, Wauwatosa (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Josh Graber,  FT interim pastor
  • Peace, Burlington (PT pastor) – Rev. Sue Ruehle, PT bridge pastor
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (FT or PT pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, PT transition pastor

Calls Extended (*=started the new call):

  • All People’s Church, Milwaukee (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Lindsey Beukelman*
  • Bayshore, Whitefish Bay (FT pastor) – Rev. Sarah Stobie*
  • Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls (two 3/4 time associate pastors) – Rev. Sara Yoos* and Rev. Drew Yoos*
  • Grace, Kenosha (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Jonathan Barker*
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – Rev. Allison Johnson*
  • Redeemer, Hartford (FT pastor) – Rev. Aida Muniz*
  • Redeemer, Racine (FT pastor) – Rev. Dr. Harvard Stephens*
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Tim Tahtinen*

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of July 16, 2019

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

   To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Lindsey Beukelman, from candidate for call, to called pastor at All Peoples Church, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Allison Johnson, from candidate for call, to called pastor at Journey in Faith, Racine
  • Rev. Sarah Stobie, from SE Pennsylvania Synod, to called pastor at Bayshore, Whitefish Bay
  • Rev. Marcy Wieties, from candidate for reinstatement to the roster, to PT called pastor at Emaus, Racine.
  • Rev. Drew Yoos, from Northwest Washington synod to called associate pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls
  • Rev. Sara Yoos, from Northwest Washington synod to called associate pastor at Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls.
   Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Jonathan Barker, from term called pastor at Grace, Kenosha to called pastor at Grace, Kenosha.
  • Rev. Aida Muniz, from term call associate pastor at All Peoples Church, Milwaukee to called pastor at Redeemer, Hartford
  • Rev. Dr. Harvard Stephens, from two year term call pastor at Redeemer, Racine to one year term call pastor at Redeemer, Racine.
  • Rev. Tim Tahtinen, from called pastor at Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee to called pastor at St Marks, Cudahy
    From the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Walter Baires, from co-pastor at Ascension, Milwaukee to the South Central Synod of WI as the synod’s Director for Evangelical Mission
  • Rev. Carol Baumgartner, from OLC to interim ministry in the South Central Synod of WI
  • Rev Darin Wiebe, from called senior pastor at Our Saviors, West Bend to interim ministry in the South Central Synod of WI

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

Rostered Ministers Recently Retired

  • Rev Molly Doreza, from OLC to retirement

Remembering Rostered Ministers who have Recently Died

  • The Rev. Justin “Joe” L. Silvius entered the Church Triumphant on May 18, 2019, at age 86. After serving four calls in Iowa and Michigan, he came to the Greater Milwaukee Synod in 1981 to serve Gethsemane in Brookfield from 1981-1991, and then St Mary’s in Kenosha from 1991 until his retirement in 1997. A Celebration of Life service took place on Wednesday, May 29th, at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, Racine. We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Rev. Silvius and we commend him into God’s eternal care. A full obituary is available at