Call Committee Updates

September 18, 2018-Update since letter was mailed – Katie’s Ordination Date will be October 20th @ 4:00 PM @ St Andrews Church. 
Special Meeting of the Congregation September 23rd
Please plan to join Faith’s Church Council, Staff and the Associate Pastor Call Committee for a Special Meeting of the Congregation Sunday September 23rd at 9:30am in Steiner Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to vote to affirm the recommendation of the Church Council to call Katie Escalante as our next Associate Pastor. Katie lives with her husband Jose` and toddler son Ben in Chaska. Katie grew up in Chaska, and along with her family, was a very active member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Katie served as Intern Pastor at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church in Chelan, Washington. She is a 2017 Graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  Full of enthusiasm, excitement and confident in the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Call Committee unanimously recommended Katie to the Church Council for Call. Katie’s gifts are a great match for the Associate Pastor job description. Along with the general pastoral duties that all the pastors share, Katie’s primary areas of focus will be Faith Formation, Social Outreach and IT/Communications. 
Update 8/16/2018

The Call Committee is currently in the interview process and we have interviewed two candidates to fill our Associate Pastor position. We are in the process of reviewing the candidates which includes checking references and scheduling second interviews. We are still working with the Synod to see if there are any additional candidates that could be considered as well. The committee is confident that we will have a candidate that will be a good fit as our new Associate Pastor. We ask for your continued prayers as we work through this call process.

Update 7/29/18

The Call Committee met on July 29th to discuss potential candidates provided by the Synod and the upcoming interview process. We have interviews scheduled for the near future and we are ready to meet the candidates and learn more about them. We ask for your continued prayers during the call process as we move closer to welcoming a new Associate Pastor to Faith.

Update 6/14/18

We have completed the update of our Ministry Site Profile which has been approved by the Church Council. Our profile has been sent to the ELCA office in Chicago and approved by them and sent to the Bishop at the Minneapolis Area Synod. The next step is for us to receive names from the Synod and begin the interviewing process. There are three ways that potential candidates can be submitted for consideration for our Associate Pastor position: 1) Self nominations from eligible candidates. 2) Faith members can nominate and recommend candidates for consideration. 3) The Synod staff with the Bishop will recommend candidates.

There are nomination forms available at the Welcome Desk along with a box to place the forms in. The next step for the Call Committee is to finalize the interview process and prepare for interviews. We ask for you prayers to guide the Committee as we continue the process of calling our new Associate Pastor. 


Update 5/2/18

The Call Committee met for the first time on Monday April 30th. The Committee received an overview of the call process from Pastor Dale and Pastor Craig Pederson who will be guiding us in this process from the synod. John Bruellman will serve as Chairperson, Richard Scott will serve as Vice Chairperson, Teresa Shields will serve as Chaplin and Matt Woelfel will be communicating updates from the Committee to the congregation on a regular basis as we go through this process. The Committee is in the process of updating our Ministry Site Profile for potential candidates to view. The next scheduled meeting of the Call Committee will be on Monday May 21st at 6:30pm. The committee is honored to serve the congregation and we ask for your prayers as we go through this call process.

Call Committee Members
John Bruellman – Chairperson
Richard Scott – Vice Chairperson
Teresa Shields – Chaplin
Matt Woelfel – Communication
Charley Streiff
Jamie Bergstrom
Madison Sweeney
Quinn Wambeke
Debbie Bussler
Pastor Dale Peterson