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transitioning well

Our collaborative, inclusive, transparent process toward our next Senior Pastor.


With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Grace’s vision for our pastoral transition is a collaborative, inclusive and transparent process in which our congregation feels confident and secure in our identity as a community of faith, where generosity and graciousness abound. The ministry of Grace will be enlivened, complemented, challenged and encouraged by the gifts of the new Senior Pastor, who will lead us and grow with us in faith, service and outreach to the community.

transition updates

The Latest on our Pastoral Transition Timeline

Greetings Family of Grace, I’m writing today to provide an update regarding our pastoral transition process. We’ve been feeling this state of transition for some time now, yet as we look around, the ministry of this people and this place continues to move forward....

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Our Next Senior Pastor

Reverend Deb Stehlin will join Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley as our Senior Pastor beginning March 15. We’re overjoyed to share that at our annual meeting on January 26, our congregation voted unanimously to extend a call to Pastor Deb Stehlin to serve as...

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A Recommendation

Having completed the second round of interviews with the candidates for the Senior Pastor position, the Call Committee met recently to select the person to recommend to the congregation. We contacted that person who asked for time to talk to her family and advisors...

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On to Round 2

The Call Committee has completed the first round of interviews for our new Senior Pastor. Surrounded in prayer, we met recently to select the candidates to invite back for a second round. Those interviews are scheduled for the first week in December. We will continue...

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Names & Interviews

The Call Committee met with Rev. Joe Lees from the Synod office on Tuesday, October 29. He provided names and profiles of candidates for our Senior Pastor position. We are now proceeding with scheduling the initial round of interviews. Once again, we are asking for...

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The Call Committee Continues It’s Work

The Call Committee met this week with our Synod representative, Pastor Joe Lees. Paster Lees provided us an update on where we are in the process of calling a new senior pastor and what the next steps look like. As part of our next steps, we refined our questions for...

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An Important Pastoral Transition Update

Dear Members and Friends of Grace, As you know, we are in the midst of the call process for a new senior pastor after Pastor John Matthews retired in August of this year. As you also know, the call process requires a high level of confidentiality on the part of the...

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An Opportunity to Join the Call Process

As members of the call committee, we want to invite all members of the congregation to participate, to some degree, in this process. If, as you visit other congregations or talk with your friends and relatives, you become aware of a pastor you think may fit the...

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