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 July 12, 2018

Recent Vacancy:

    Interim pastor has not yet begun
  • Incarnation, Milwaukee (PT pastor)
  • Vernon, Mukwanago (FT 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. “Bridge” Pastors offer short term pastoral support until an interim or a called pastor begins.

  • Advent, Cedarburg (FT pastor) – Rev. Debra Trakel, FT interim pastor
  • Bayshore, Whitefish Bay (FT pastor) – Rev. Molly Doreza, FT interim pastor
  • House of Prayer, Franklin (FT pastor) – Rev. Kathy Brown, FT interim pastor
  • Mt Zion, Wauwatosa (FT pastor) – Rev. Josh Graber,  FT interim pastor
  • Peace, Burlington (PT pastor) – Rev. Carol Juennette, PT transition consultant
  • Redeemer, Hartford (FT pastor) – Rev. Jon Breimeier, PT interim pastor

Deployed Internship Site

  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (FT pastor) – Intern David Rebey, supervised by Rev. Ari Mattson, Martin Luther, Wauwatosa

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

    Associate Pastor Positions
  • Fox Point, Fox Point (FT 2nd associate pastor)
  • Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls (associate pastor)
  • Unity, Brookfield (FT 3rd pastor) – Rev. Jennifer Carlson, FT transition pastor
    Shared Pastor
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (shared pastor with St Paul, Kenosha) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor
  • St. Paul, Kenosha  (shared pastor with Spirit Alive!) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor
    Solo Pastor positions:
  • All People’s Church (FT pastor) – covered by current staffing
  • Living Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – covered by current staffing
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Wendy Wirth Brock, PT bridge pastor
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee (FT pastor) – supply pastor

Candidate Name/s Submitted to Call Committee:

  • Ascension, Milwaukee (FT 3rd co-pastor) – Rev. Kipp Zimmerman, bridge pastor
  • Cross, Ixonia (shared pastor with Zion, Ashippun) – Rev. Curt Schneider, bridge pastor
  • Emaus, Racine (FT bi-lingual solo pastor) – supply pastor
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (FT pastor) – Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – supply pastor
  • Mt. Pleasant, Racine (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, FT transition pastor
  • St. John, Brookfield (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Frank Janzow, PT transition pastor and Rev. Karen Natterstad, PT transition pastor
  • St. Mary, Kenosha (FT senior pastor) – Rev. John Holm, FT interim
  • St. Luke, Slinger (FT pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (FT senior pastor) – covered by current staffing
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim
  • Zion, Ashippun (shared pastor with Cross, Ixonia) – Rev. Curt Schneider, bridge pastor

Calls Extended & Accepted

  • Atonement, Muskego (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Kevin Kretzmann Farrar
  • Christ Our Savior, Sussex (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Joseph Wilkinson
  • First United, Sheboygan (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Matthew Hacker
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Alissa Kretzmann Farrar
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Adam Moreno
  • Our Savior’s, Oconomowoc (FT Administration pastor) – Rev. Joshua Stibb

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of July 12, 2018

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

   To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Joshua Graber, from Northwestern Ohio Synod, to synod call to interim ministry at Mt Zion, Wauwatosa
  • Rev. Alissa Kretzmann Farrar, from candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry, to called pastor at Lake Park, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Kevin Kretzmann Farrar, from candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry, to called pastor at Atonement, Muskego
  • Rev. Joshua Stibb, from Nebraska Synod, to called pastor at Our Savior, Oconomowoc
  • Rev. Joseph Wilkinson, from candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry, to called pastor at Christ Our Savior, Sussex
   From the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Anglea Khabeb, from called pastor at Ascension, Waukesha to Minneapolis Synod

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

  • Rev. Cynthia Aasen, from interim youth pastor at Lord of Life, Kenosha to OLC
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from term call pastor at Bethlehem, Muskego to OLC (while serving as a contract pastor at Bethlehem, Muskego)