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 October 16, 2018

Recent Vacancy:

    Interim pastor has not yet begun
  • Capitol Drive, Milwaukee (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. “Bridge” Pastors offer short term pastoral support until an interim or a called pastor begins.

  • Advent, Cedarburg (FT pastor) – supply pastors
  • Bayshore, Whitefish Bay (FT pastor) – Rev. Molly Doreza, FT interim pastor
  • House of Prayer, Franklin (FT pastor) – Rev. Kathy Brown, FT interim pastor
  • Incarnation, Milwaukee (PT pastor) – Rev. Vicki Watkins, PT bridge pastor
  • Luther Memorial, West Allis (PT pastor) – Rev. Frank Maxwell, PT interim pastor
  • Mt Zion, Wauwatosa (FT pastor) – Rev. Josh Graber,  FT interim pastor
  • Peace, Burlington (PT pastor) – Rev. Carol Jeunnette, PT transition consultant
  • Vernon, Mukwanago (FT pastor) – Rev. David Patterson, PT interim pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

    Shared Pastor
  • Cross, Ixonia (1/2 time – shared pastor with Zion, Ashippun) – Rev. Curt Schneider, bridge pastor
  • Zion, Ashippun (1/2 time – shared pastor with Cross, Ixonia) – supply pastor
    Solo Pastor positions:
  • All Peoples Church, Milwaukee (FT solo pastor) – covered by current staffing

Candidate Name/s Submitted to Call Committee:

  • Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls (FT associate pastor)
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT bridge pastor
  • Living Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – covered by current staffing
  • Redeemer, Hartford (FT pastor) – Rev. Jon Breimeier, PT interim pastor
  • St. John, Brookfield (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Frank Janzow, PT transition pastor and Rev. Karen Natterstad, PT transition pastor
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (1/2 time at Spirit Alive! and 1/2 time at St Paul, Kenosha) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Wendy Wirth Brock, PT bridge pastor
  • St. Mary, Kenosha (FT senior pastor) – Rev. John Holm, FT interim
  • St. Paul, Kenosha  (1/2 time at St Paul and 1/2 time at Spirit Alive!) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee (FT pastor) – supply pastor
  • Unity, Brookfield (FT 3rd pastor) – Rev. Jennifer Carlson, FT transition pastor

Calls Extended (*=started the new call):

  • Ascension, Milwaukee (FT 3rd co-pastor) – Rev. Lynn Erickson*
  • Cross, Burlington (FT associate pastor)
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (FT pastor) – Rev. Jay Thorsen*
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Adam Moreno*
  • Mt. Pleasant, Racine (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Beth Ann Lechtenberger Stone*
  • St Luke, Slinger (FT pastor) – Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe*
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (FT senior pastor)
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Denise Mbise*

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of October 16, 2018

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

   To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Lynn Erickson, from the St Paul Area Synod, to called pastor at Ascension, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Laura Gerstl-Beukema, from the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, to Director of Pastoral Care for Luther Manor
  • Rev. Joshua Graber, from the Northwestern Ohio Synod, to synod call to interim ministry at Mt Zion, Wauwatosa
  • Rev. Adam Moreno, from candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry, to called pastor at Lord of Life, Kenosha
  • Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe, from the South Central Synod, to called pastor at St Luke, Slinger
  • Rev. Beth Ann Lechtenberger Stone, from the Nebraska Synod to called pastor at Mt Pleasant, Racine
  • Rev. Jay Thorson, from candidate for Word and Sacrament Ministry, to called pastor at Holy Trinity, West Allis
   Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Denise Mbise, from term call pastor at Living Faith, Racine to called pastor at Trinity,  South Milwaukee
  • Rev. David Patterson, from chaplaincy to PT interim pastor at Vernon, Mukwonago

Rostered Ministers Recently Retired

  • Rev. Dean Natterstad, from synod interim ministry at Holy Trinity, West Allis to retirement

Remembering Rostered Ministers Who Recently Died

  • Deacon Bill Bravener – Bill completed his journey of living with cancer on September 20, 2018. He was born on November 28, 1949, in New Hampton, IA to Niel and Margaret (nee Segebarth) Bravener. Bill grew up in Fredericksburg, IA; graduated from Fredericksburg High School and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. He taught middle school and high school vocal music in Calmar, IA and later became Coordinator of Community Education at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. Bill also served as music director at Calmar Lutheran Church. In 1991, Mr. Bravener became the Music Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown, WI. In April 2000, he was commissioned an Associate in Ministry/Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bill also served as Music Director at Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookfield, WI. He was most recently Music Director/Deacon at St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church, Greendale, WI, and volunteered for many years at Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee.
  • Deacon Norma Herbrand – died October 4, 2018. Norma served as Associate in Ministry at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Waukesha, retiring in 1999. We give thanks to God for her life and for her service to the Church. May God bring comfort and peace to all who grieve, holding them and us in the promise of the resurrection through Jesus Christ. The obituary is available at:
  • Rev. John Henry Schumell was born December 1, 1929 and raised in West Allis, WI, and went home to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit on Saturday, September 1, 2018. John received his BS from Carthage College and his Master of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He began his ministry by starting mission congregations in both White Bear Lake, MN and Fargo ND. He then relocated with his young family in 1959 to Milwaukee WI and started another mission congregation, King of Kings Lutheran Church, where he served for 46 years. He was an incredible example of Christian faith, service, and generosity. He will be especially remembered for his devotion to God and his love of Lutheran liturgy and Ecumenism. In 1990, he was honored by then-Roman Catholic Archbishop Rembert Weakland as Ecumenical Person of the Year. His heart and joy were in worship.