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 December 10, 2017

Recent Vacancies: (Interim pastor has not yet begun)

  • Ascension, Milwaukee (FT co-pastor)
  • House of Prayer, Franklin (FT pastor)
  • Peace, Burlington (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
  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (PT pastor) – Rev. Maren Hooper, PT transition pastor
  • 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:

  • Emaus, Racine (FT bi-lingual pastor) – Rev Steve Wohlfeil, PT interim
  • Fox Point, Fox Point (FT 2nd associate pastor)
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor)
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (FT pastor) – Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (3/4 to FT Associate pastor)
  • Mt Pleasant, Racine (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, FT transition pastor
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT Administration pastor) – Rev. Kimberly Jordan, FT transition pastor
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT pastor) – Rev. Ron Ballew, PT interim

Candidate Names Submitted:

  • First United, Sheboygan (FT associate pastor)
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT Education pastor)

Calls Extended

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee (FT pastor)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (FT pastor)

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of December 10, 2017

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Alexis Twito, from synod interim ministry to Salvation Army Chaplain Coordinator
To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
From the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Daniel Vojta, from called pastor at Peace, Burlington to South Central Synod of Wisconsin

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.