Dear Redeemer Family,
It has been several months since the Call Committee’s last letter to the congregation, and we have been busy! At the time of our last letter, we asked that you, as a church body, would pray that God would clearly work through the call process to bring us the pastor of His choosing. We continue to await God’s direction and timing for this process.
During the month of August, the Call Committee conducted Skype interviews with 6 pastoral candidates. After thorough review of these candidates and much discussion about the needs of Redeemer and our surrounding community, we have made the decision to contact our SED president, Rev. Dr. John Denninger, and request a new list of candidates. This decision, while not easy or expected, was made with the best interest of our Redeemer family in mind.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him…” (Lamentations 3:25)
So what now? We wait. We hope. We pray. We seek Him. And we trust in God’s continued provision, direction, timing, and leadership in this process. As your Call Committee, we believe that God will lead us to the right man for the job, to put it simply. We recognize that this puts our timeline back a bit, but we feel confident this is the best course of action.
The Call Committee will be accepting pastoral candidate nominations from Redeemer members once again. If you know of a LCMS pastor in good standing with the synod whose experiences and strengths you believe are in line with our assistant pastor job description, please submit a nomination form to the call committee. The deadline for these nominations will be Sunday, September 10th. The nomination form will be in the narthex or download HERE. This list will be published and forwarded for consideration to President Denninger.
We can expect to receive nominee information from the SED office around the first week of October. This list will be published and the candidates will be contacted to gauge interest: “Is there any reason why you would not be available for a call at this time?” It is our hope that call committee interviews with these candidates can commence in mid-to-late October. We will continue to share updates as we have more details.
We are so thankful for you, Redeemer, and your continued support and prayers through this process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to consult one of the call committee members.
God’s blessings be with you all as we wait!
Your servants in Christ,
The Assistant Pastor Call Committee
Heidi Blanton-Pohl Jim Holubar
Jamie Cima Theresa Richardson
Jim Dempsey Marc Waltz