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 February 18, 2019

Recent Vacancy:

  • NOTE: “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.
    Interim/Transition pastor has not yet begun
  • Emaus, Racine (solo pastor)
  • Living Christ, Germantown (solo pastor)
  • Lutheran Church of the Great Spirit, Milwaukee (solo pastor)
  • Our Savior’s, Milwaukee (solo pastor)
  • Spirit of Peace, Milwaukee (solo pastor)
    Interim/Transition pastor has begun
  • Adoration, Greenfield (FT pastor) – Rev. Debra Trakel, PT interim pastor
  • Christ the King, Delafield (solo pastor) – Rev. Jim Holmberg, FT interim pastor
  • Christ the Servant, Waukesha (solo pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim pastor
  • Mt. Hope, West Allis (solo pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim pastor
  • North Cape, Franksville (associate pastor) – Rev Karl-John Stone, PT bridge pastor

Mission Exploration Team (MET) process:

  • Advent, Cedarburg (FT pastor) – Rev. John Holm, PT transition pastor
  • Capitol Drive, Milwaukee (PT pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, PT bridge pastor
  • Good Shepherd Trinity (PT pastor) – Rev. Carol Jeunnette, transition consultant
  • 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
  • Redemption, Wauwatosa (PT pastor) – Rev. Alexander Jacobs, PT transition consultant
  • St. John, Brookfield (PT associate pastor) – Rev. Karen Natterstad, PT transition pastor
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (PT associate pastor) – Rev. Elizabeth Baires, PT transition pastor
  • Vernon, Mukwanago (FT pastor) – Rev. David Patterson, PT interim pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted:

  • Bethel, Muskego (PT pastor) – Rev. Maren Hooper, PT bridge pastor
  • Peace, Burlington (PT pastor) – Rev. Sue Ruehle, PT bridge pastor
  • Spirit Alive!, Kenosha (PT pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor
  • St. Paul, Kenosha  (PT pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, bridge pastor

Candidate Name/s Submitted to Call Committee:

  • Bayshore, Whitefish Bay (FT pastor) – Rev. Molly Doreza, FT interim pastor

Calls Extended (*=started the new call):

  • All Peoples Church, Milwaukee (FT solo pastor) – Lindsey Beukelman (ordination on Saturday, February 23rd at 1:00pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka MN)
  • Bethlehem, Muskego (PT term call pastor) – Rev. Dean Willich*
  • Cross, Burlington (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Elizabeth Lee*
  • Cross, Ixonia (PT pastor) – Rev. Doug Andersen*
  • Holy Cross, Menomonee Falls (two 3/4 time associate pastors)
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – Rev. Allison Johnson*
  • Living Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – Rev. Chad Kline*
  • Memorial, Glendale (FT pastor) – Rev. Lester Spies*
  • Redeemer, Hartford (FT pastor) – Rev. Aida Muniz*
  • St. John, Brookfield (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Brian Halverson*
  • St. Luke, Slinger (FT pastor) – Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe*
  • St. Luke, Waukesha (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Dr. Lindsay Jordan*
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT solo pastor) – Rev. Tim Tahtinen
  • St. Mary, Kenosha (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Paul Petersen*
  • St. Paul, Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Delaney Schlake-Kruse*
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Denise Mbise*
  • Unity, Brookfield (FT 3rd pastor) – Rev. Joshua Evans*
  • Zion, Ashippun (PT pastor) – Rev. Doug Andersen*

Rostered Ministers in Transition

As of February 18, 2019

Rostered Ministers Who Have Recently Changed Calls

   To the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Joshua Evans, from candidate for call, to called associate pastor at Unity, Brookfield
  • Rev. Allison Johnson, from candidate for call, to called pastor at Journey in Faith, Racine.
  • Rev. Chad Kline, from the Delaware-Maryland Synod, to called pastor at Living Faith, Racine
  • Rev. Elizabeth Lee, from the South Central Synod, to called associate pastor at Cross, Burlington
  • Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe, from the South Central Synod, to called pastor at St. Luke, Slinger
  • Rev. Paul Petersen, from the South Central Synod, to called pastor at St. Mary, Kenosha
   Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Rev. Doug Andersen, from OLC to 1/2 time called pastor at Zion, Ashippun and 1/2 time shared pastor covenant with Cross, Ixonia
  • Rev. Elizabeth Baires, from OLC to PT associate bridge pastor at St. Luke, Waukesha
  • Rev. Brian Halverson, from term call pastor at Mt Hope, West Allis to called pastor at St. John’s, Brookfield
  • Rev. Jim Holmberg, from LSS Wisconsin to interim pastor at Christ the King, Delafield
  • Rev. Lindsay Jordan, from called pastor at Christ the King, Delafield to called pastor at St. Luke, Waukesha
  • Rev. Denise Mbise, from term call pastor at Living Faith, Racine to called pastor at Trinity, South Milwaukee
  • Rev. Aida Muniz, from term call associate pastor at All Peoples Church, Milwaukee to called pastor at Redeemer, Hartford.
  • Rev. Michael Mueller, from bridge pastor at Living Faith, Racine, to interim pastor at Mt. Hope, West Allis
  • Rev. Delaney Schlake-Kruse, from term call associate pastor at North Cape, Franksville to called pastor at St. Paul, Milwaukee
  • Rev. Lester Spies, from called pastor at Living Christ, Germantown to called pastor at Memorial, Glendale
  • Rev. Dean Willich, from OLC to term call pastor at Bethlehem, Muskego
    From the Greater Milwaukee Synod

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

  • Rev. Patrick Keen, from called pastor at Our Savior’s, Milwaukee to OLC
  • Rev. Jay McDivitt, from called pastor at Christ the Servant, Waukesha to OLC

Rostered Ministers Recently Retired

Remembering Rostered Ministers who have Recently Died

  • Deacon Merle W Boos, a retired Minister of Word and Service, died December 11, 2018, in West Bend. Merle served at Churchwide within the Division for Outreach from 1969 to his retirement on 12/31/93. Prior to that ministry he served as a Lay Associate at Incarnation in Milwaukee. The service for Deacon Merle was held on December 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in West Bend, WI, where he was a member. We give thanks for the life and ministry of Deacon Merle Boos.
  • Rev. Howard Knox, a retired Minister of Word and Sacrament, died on Wednesday, December 5, at the age of 99, in West Bend, WI. Pastor Knox served congregations in Lancaster, Brookfield, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, also serving for three years as a camp director from 1967-1970. He retired in 1985, but remained active and involved as a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Slinger, WI. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945 during WWII. The service for Pastor Howard was held on Monday, December 31, 2018, at St. Luke in Slinger. We give thanks for the life and ministry of Pastor Howard Knox.
  • Deacon Linda Schmidt, a Minister of Word and Service, died on Monday, December 10, 2018, in Geneseo, Illinois. Deacon Linda was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry on September 10, 1988, by the ELCA. She served Zion Lutheran Church (Madison, Wisconsin) Wilmette Lutheran Church (Wilmette, Illinois), Zion Lutheran Church (Clinton, Iowa) St. Mary’s Lutheran Church (Kenosha, Wisconsin) and First Lutheran Church (Geneseo, Illinois). Funeral services for Deacon Linda were held on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, IL. We give thanks for the life and ministry of Deacon Linda Schmidt.
  • Rev. Edwin Winters, a retired Minister of Word and Sacrament, died on Sunday, December 23, 2018, in Brookfield, WI. The service for Pastor Ed was held on December 30, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa. You can find the full obituary here: https://www.harderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Rev-Edwin-E-Winters?obId=3963048#/obituaryInfo . Among his 48 years of ordained ministry, he served his final call as Chaplain at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee. We give thanks for the life and ministry of Pastor Ed Winters.