Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings 2017-08-22T15:45:26+00:00

The synod celebrates its leaders in their various stages of ministry. We are happy to share information about changes here.

“Change is constant in any living organism. That is no less true for communities of faith. Leaders change. New ordinands explore calls. Pastors retire.” – Ken Inskeep

New to the Synod:

Ms. Sheryl Bousu will be ordained August 26 at Christ the King, New Brighton.  She has been called to serve Lyndale, Maple Plain as pastor
The Rev. Ashley Osborn, from Southeastern Minnesota Synod to Valley of Peace, Golden Valley, pastor
The Rev. Durk Thompson, from South Dakota Synod to Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park, pastor
The Rev. Bonnie Wilcox, from Saint Paul Area Synod to First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights, senior pastor

Within the Synod:

The Rev. Hans Lee from Holy Trinity, New Prague to Holy Trinity, Minneapolis, interim senior pastor
The Rev. Melanie Lichtenberg from on leave from call to Advent, Maple Grove, interim associate pastor
The Rev. Susan Masters, from Bethany, Minneapolis, to Salem Evangelical, Minneapolis, interim pastor
The Rev. Bob Rusert from Bethlehem Twin Cities to St. John, Zimmerman, interim pastor

Goings/Retirements with Godspeed:

The Rev. Rolf Olson, Richfield, Richfield, ordained June 7, 1981, retired July 23, 2017
The Rev. Erik Strand, Edina Community, Edina, ordained July 13, 1979, retiring August 31, 2017

Congregations in Interim:

Bethlehem Twin Cities, senior pastor
Braham, Braham, pastor
East Union, Carver, pastor
Grace, Bloomington, pastor
Holy Trinity, Minneapolis, senior pastor
Hope, Minneapolis, pastor
Norwegian Memorial, Minneapolis, pastor
Peace, Coon Rapids, associate pastor (pt)
River of Life, Minneapolis, pastor
Salem Evangelical, Minneapolis, pastor
Siloa, Braham, pastor (pt)
St. John, Zimmerman, pastor
St. Paul’s, Minnetonka, pastor
St. Philip’s, Fridley, senior pastor
Zion, Minneapolis, pastor (pt)

Congregations in Active Call Process:

Advent, Maple Grove, associate pastor
Bethany, Minneapolis, pastor (pt)
Calvary, Minneapolis, pastor
Christ the King, Bloomington, associate pastor
Edina Community, Edina, co-pastor
Nativity, Minneapolis, associate pastor
Spirit Garage, Minneapolis, pastor
St. John’s, Shakopee, associate pastor
West Union, Carver, pastor
Woodlake, Richfield, pastor

Congregations Calling Final Candidate:

Cambridge, Cambridge, associate pastor
Elim, Robbinsdale, senior pastor
Holy Trinity, New Prague, pastors
Redeemer, Minneapolis, associate pastor

Updated 8/22/17