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Congregations and Ministers in Transition

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 22, 2017

Recent Vacancies: (Interim pastor has not yet begun)

  • Redeemer, Hartford (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, but do not lead a MET process. “Interim Pastors” provide pastoral support and led a MET process.

  • Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee (FT pastor) – Rev Dr. Paula Harris, FT interim
  • Cross, Ixonia (PT pastor) – Rev. James Stein, PT interim
  • Good Shepherd Trinity, Milwaukee – ELCA/PCUSA (PT pastor) – pulpit supply
  • Holy Trinity, West Allis (FT pastor) – Rev. Dean Natterstad, FT interim
  • Journey in Faith, Racine (FT pastor) – pulpit supply
  • Lake Park, Milwaukee (PT or FT associate pastor) – Rev. Alexis Twito, PT transition pastor
  • Lord of Life, Kenosha (FT associate pastor) – Rev. Cynthia Aasen, transition pastor
  • Mt Pleasant, Racine (FT senior pastor) – Rev. Bill Mains, FT transition pastor
  • St. Andrew, Sheboygan (PT pastor) – Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld, PT interim
  • St Luke, Slinger (FT pastor) – Rev. Steve Clingman, FT interim
  • St. Mark, Cudahy (PT pastor) – Rev. Ron Ballew, PT 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
  • Trinity, South Milwaukee (FT pastor) – Rev. Michael Mueller, FT interim
  • Unity, Brookfield (3rd pastor) – Rev Wendy Wirth-Brock, PT transition pastor

Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Posted: 

Candidate Names Submitted:

  • Emaus, Racine (FT bi-lingual pastor) – Rev Steve Wohlfeil, PT interim
  • First United, Sheboygan (FT associate pastor)
  • Fox Point, Fox Point (FT 2nd associate pastor)
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Racine (FT pastor)

Calls and Covenants Accepted:

  • Christ the King, Port Washington (PT pastor) – Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson
  • Cross, Burlington (senior pastor) – Rev. John R. Brink
  • Living Hope, Saukville (PT pastor – Covenant for Shared Pastoral Ministry) – Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson

ROSTERED MINISTERS IN TRANSITION as of July 22, 2017

ROSTERED MINISTERS who have RECENTLY CHANGED CALLS

Within the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Steve Clingman, from synod call for interim ministry at Journey in Faith, Racine to synod call for interim ministry at St Luke, Slinger
  • Rev. Michael Mueller, from community organizer in Racine to synod call for interim ministry at Trinity, South Milwaukee

To the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

  • Rev. Jennifer Rose, from NW MN synod to called pastor at Our Savior, Hartland.
  • Rev. Matthew Rose, from NW MN synod to called pastor at Our Savior, Hartland.

From the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS)

ROSTERED MINISTERS RECENTLY MOVED to ON LEAVE FROM CALL (OLC)

  • Rev. Harold Eppley, from called pastor at Lincoln Park, Milwaukee to OLC.
  • Rev. Maren Hooper, from synod interim ministry at Our Savior, Hartland to OLC
  • Rev. Vicki Watkins, from hospital chaplain to OLC

ROSTERED MINISTERS RECENTLY RETIRED

  • Rev. Marcia Carrier, from called pastor at Redeemer, Hartford to retirement.
  • Rev. David Echelbarger, from called pastor at Mt Pleasant, Racine to retirement.
  • Rev. Christine Thomas Echelbarger, from called pastor at Mt Pleasant, Racine to retirement.

ROSTERED MINISTERS who have RECENTLY DIED