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 November 2, 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
  • Bethlehem, Muskego (solo PT pastor)
  • First, West Allis (solo PT pastor)
  • Nativity, Wauwatosa (solo PT pastor)
    Vacancy covered by a PACT
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (solo pastor) – Rev. Carol Jeunnette, interim pastor

Mission Exploration Team (MET) process:

  • Adoration, Greenfield (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Debra Trakel, PT interim pastor
  • Ascension, Milwaukee (FT bi-lingual co-pastor) – Rev. German Novelli, PT bridge pastor
  • Capitol Drive, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, PT bridge pastor
  • Emaus, Racine (pastor, bi-lingual) – supply pastors for Spanish language service
  • Living Christ, Germantown (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Jon Breimeier, PT interim pastor
  • Lutheran Church of the Great Spirit, Milwaukee (solo pastor) – supply pastors
  • Luther Memorial, West Allis (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Frank Maxwell, PT interim pastor
  • Mt. Hope, West Allis (solo pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim pastor
  • Our Savior’s, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Wendy Wirth Brock, consistent supply pastor
  • Our Saviors, West Bend (senior pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim pastor
  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT transition consultant
  • Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – supply pastors and Rev. Frank Maxwell, PT Transition Consultant
  • St. Paul, Kenosha (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Cindy Aasen, PT transition pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

  • Advent, Cedarburg (FT pastor) – Rev. John Holm, PT transition pastor
  • Bethel, Muskego (PT pastor) – Rev. Jennifer Olson, PT bridge pastor
  • Christ the King, Delafield (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Jim Holmberg, FT interim pastor
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Carol Jeunnette, PT transition consultant
  • Incarnation, Milwaukee (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Vicki Watkins, PT bridge pastor
  • North Cape, Franksville (deacon for YFM) – Rev. Karl-John Stone, PT bridge pastor
  • Vernon, Mukwanago (FT solo pastor) – Rev. David Patterson, PT interim pastor

Candidate Name/s Submitted to Call Committee:

  • Christ the Servant, Waukesha (FT solo pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim pastor
  • 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
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Elizabeth Baires, PT transition pastor

Calls Extended (*=started the new call):

  • Messiah, Twin Lakes (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Melody Brink*
  • Peace, Burlington (PT pastor) – Rev. Susan Bowen*
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (FT pastor) – Rev. Kevin Beebe*

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of November 2, 2019

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

   To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Kevin Beebe, from candidate for call, to called pastor at Spirit Alive!, Kenosha
   Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Susan Bowen, from FT chaplaincy to called pastor at Peace, Burlington
  • Rev. Melody Brink, from 2 yr term call pastor at Messiah, Twin Lakes to called pastor at Messiah, Twin Lakes
  • Rev. Jake Werkheiser, from OLC to synod call to chaplaincy at Zilber Hospice Residence
    From the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • 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)

  • Deacon Doug Krekling, from called deacon at Galilee, Pewaukee to OLC
  • Rev. Adam Moreno, from called associate pastor at Lord of Life, Kenosha to OLC
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from term call pastor at Bethlehem, Muskego to OLC.

Rostered Ministers Recently Retired

Remembering Rostered Ministers who have Recently Died

  • Rev. Frank A. Bauman, a retired Rostered Minister of Word and Sacrament, died on September 24, 2019. A funeral service was held on October 5, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, West Bend. The full obituary is available at https://memorials.phillipfuneralhome.com/reverend-frank-bauman/3975887/obituary.php . Please keep his family in prayer as they grieve his loss. We give thanks to God for his life and ministry among us. May light perpetual shine upon him.