A Ministry of Grace in the Heart of Andover

Pastoral Transition

Please email with any questions or concerns regarding Pastoral transition at Grace.

11/20/2017 Transition update: The Vision Board and our new Interim Senior Pastor are very close to finalizing the details of the interim agreement. This will be the long term interim replacement for Pastor Mark, that will serve Grace until we call a new permanent Senior Pastor.  Everything is in place except a start date for the Interim Senior Pastor sometime in January.  To serve as our pastor during this in-between time we have worked with the Bishop’s office to hire a Bridge Interim, Pastor Sara Vanderpan. Sara will begin her time at Grace on November 27th and will continue serving Grace until our Interim Senior Pastor is able to begin. Pastor Hahn will continue in his current position as our Visitation Pastor and will be sharing preaching responsibilities with Pastor Sara over the next several weeks.  The Vision Board thanks you for your continued prayers, support and patience. If you have any questions I encourage you to contact any member of the Vision Board and we will do our best to answer them. – Doug Hanson, Vision Board President.

11/15/17  Transition update from the Vision Board: After careful consideration and prayer, the Vision Board has selected a Senior Interim Pastor for Grace Lutheran, and this person has agreed to serve at Grace. We are currently working on the exact starting date and other details. More information will follow very soon. We thank you for your continued prayers, support and patience.  – Doug Hanson, Vision Board President.

10/25/17   Transition update from the Vision Board:  The Vision Board has met with Pastor John Hulden, Assistant to the Bishop.  He has provided us with some excellent candidates for our interim senior pastor and we are currently in the process of interviewing for the position.  Please continue to pray with us as we carefully evaluate, consider, and ultimately decide on this next step for Grace Lutheran.  -Doug Hanson, Vision Board President

There are 6 Steps in pastoral transition, which could last over a year.
  • Step 1 – Departing Pastor presents a letter of resignation to the Vision Board and the congregation.
  • Step 2 – An interim pastor is called to lead us during this time of transition
  • Step 3 – The congregation engages the in-between time of transition.
  • Step 4 – The Ministry Site Profile is completed.
  • Step 5 – The call process begins.
  • Step 6 – Congregational meeting is held to vote for the pastoral candidate

If you would like a detailed layout of each step, please contact the church office for a printed copy.

9/13/17 Vision Board Letter to the Congregation re: Pastor Mark’s retirement

9/13/17 Pastor Mark Announces Retirement