Call Process & Transitions

Call Process & Congregations in Transition

The time of calling a pastor can be a special time for reflection and prayer in the life of a congregation. Prayer, bible study, and regular devotions keep the leadership spiritually centered as it guides the congregation in grieving its loss, assessing the current congregational strengths and weaknesses, creating a vision for mission and ministry, and calling a new pastor.

Has your pastor recently announced their resignation to your congregation? The first step is for the congregational president to reach out to Marie Leafblad, Associate to Bishop for Leadership Support, in the Synod office or by email. Marie will be your contact person from the synod in accompanying your congregation throughout the transition process alongside the Synod Office Mobility Team.



Find resources below for congregations in all stages of transition.

Call Process Handbook

The call process handbook is provided for a congregation’s reference during this time of transition knowing that each congregation’s process will be very different from one another. Please note that this handbook is currently in the revision process (10/2021). Please reach out to the synod office for any clarifications on the process specific to your congregation.

2022 Compensation Guidelines

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2022.

2021 Compensation Guidelines

These are used to determine compensation package for rostered ministers for the year 2021.

Installation Service for a Pastor

This order is appropriate for installing a pastor who has been previously ordained. The bishop, or designee designated by the bishop, presides at the installation of a pastor.

Mobility & Celebrations

Celebrations & Mobility

We celebrate and honor the Rostered Leaders, Congregations, and Synods listed below who are celebrating new transitions and opportunities. We pray for the new phases of ministry taking place in all settings and with all people.

Accepted New Calls:
Cooksville Lutheran (Evansville)

Congregations in Transition

Congregations in Transition

The congregations below are currently in the call process. Listed are the congregation name, location, and name of the interim Rostered Minister currently serving the congregation along with their start date (if applicable). We invite you to pray for these congregations as they discern the next steps in their ministry.

New Vacancies:
McFarland Lutheran (McFarland) *Senior Pastor10/31/2021
Bethlehem Lutheran (Brodhead)10/21/2021
St. Luke Lutheran (Sullivan)10/31/2021
Burke Lutheran (Madison)12/26/2021
Christ Lutheran (Spring Green)12/26/2021
Interim in Place/Developing Transition Team:
Faith Lutheran (Janesville)Rev. Paula Harris - 9/27/2021
Primrose Lutheran (Belleville)Rev. Sara Gillespie - 9/1/2021
Covenant Lutheran (Stoughton)Rev. Wendy Moen - 8/23/2021
Redeemer Lutheran (Rio)Rev. Jack Way - 4/26/2021
Hope Lutheran (Milton)Rev. Carol Baumgartner - 3/15/2021
Forming Call Committee/Developing Ministry Profile:
Lutheran Church of Peace (Platteville)Rev. Denise Anderson - 8/1/2021
St. Paul Lutheran (Mayville)Rev. Ken Schaub - 3/15/2021
United in Christ Lutheran (Morrisonville)Rev. Peter Heide - 9/24/2020
Holy Trinity Lutheran (Marshall)Rev. Darin Wiebe - 7/15/2021
St. Paul's Lutheran (Waterloo)Rev. Bob Moberg - 4/1/2021
Preparing Slate of Candidates:
Barneveld Lutheran (Barneveld)Rev. Erich Hartenberger - 1/1/2021
Bethel Lutheran (Madison) *Associate
Lakeview Lutheran (Madison)Rev. Robb Kosky - 2/1/2021
First English (Whitewater)Rev. Rich Collier - 2/1/2021
East Koshkonong Lutheran (Cambridge)
Immanuel Lutheran (Watertown)Rev. John Swanson - 1/4/2021
Cooksville Lutheran (Evansville)
St. John's Lutheran (Oregon)
Zion Stone Church (Rock Springs)Rev. Julie Krahn - 3/15/2021
St. John Lutheran (Leland)Rev. Julie Krahn - 3/15/2021
Trinity Lutheran (Fort Atkinson) *Associate
Peace Lutheran (Belmont)Rev. Jennifer Johnson - 8/1/2021

Synod Congregations & Ministries

Synod Congregations & Ministries

Below is a map of the congregations and ministries of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. To find a congregation or ministry use the search box to search by zip code or address.

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