This news, combined with the previously announced retirement of Pastor John Straiton and the decision by Pastor Jenny Sung to pursue a new chapter in her ministry, represents a lot of change for St. Andrew’s. While change creates temporary sadness and uncertainty, it also creates opportunities.
This is an opportunity to celebrate the furthering of our mission and vision: so that the whole world will know the healing power of Christ’s love. Many people outside our walls will benefit from the training and experience St. Andrew’s provided to our outgoing pastors and will witness the gifts that Pastor Kyle and Pastor Jenny bring to their new roles. That’s something to celebrate. This is also an opportunity for St. Andrew’s to pause and consider what will best serve our mission going forward.
Not only is our talent in high demand from other congregations – there are many gifted ELCA pastors who would love to be part of the dynamic St. Andrew’s pastoral team. We have assembled a Call Committee that is in the process of hiring a Teaching Pastor and we are prayerfully assessing roles and responsibilities for the next Pastor we will call.
Although we eagerly anticipate this next chapter in the St. Andrew’s story, we also understand change is hard and that there will be sadness and even grief for many of us during this time. Rest assured that St. Andrew’s will take one step at a time to live through these changes as a congregation, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the entire process.
We’re here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have as we navigate these transitions. Please feel free to reach out to either of us anytime.
Jewelie Grape, Church Council President
Mike Carlson, Lead Pastor