Transition Handbook

Transition process guide & forms - coming soon! 

Contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Andy Yee

Transition Ministers - Complete your monthly report online HERE

Lifting prayers for these ministries in transition

We lift up the leaders who are guiding ministries through this time of transition: transition teams, call committees, transition pastors, congregation staff and lay leaders, and synod staff. Questions about these vacancies?  Contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Andy Yee


  • Christ the Servant / Bellingham + Pastor
  • Immanuel / Everson + Pastor
  • Northlake / Kenmore + Pastor
  • Our Redeemer's / Ballard + Pastor 
  • University Lutheran / Seattle + Pastor


  • Central / Bellingham + Pastor (John Swanson, Transition Pastor)
  • Cross & Crown / Renton + Pastor (Martha Myers & David Hahn, Supply; Heidi Calhoun, Transition Facilitator & Pastoral Care)
  • Faith / Bellingham +Pastor (Harry Grinstad, Transition Facilitator)
  • First Lutheran West Seattle + Pastor (Neal Snider, Transition Pastor)
  • Good Shepherd @ Swan's Trail / Snohomish + Pastor (Helen McPeak, Care Pastor & Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator)
  • Holy Cross / Lake Stevens + Pastor (Mark Tanis, Transition Pastor)
  • Lakeridge / Seattle + Pastor (Jim Kruse, Tranisition Pastor)
  • Our Savior / Issaquah + Pastor (John Vaswig, Transition Pastor)
  • Prince of Peace / Shoreline + Pastor (Jade Yi, Care Pastor & Julie Josund, Transition Facilitator)
  • Salem / Mount Vernon + Pastor (Doug Stensby, Transition Pastor)
  • Vashon / Vashon Island + Pastor (Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator)

PROFILE COMPLETE (receiving nominations – find nomination form HERE)

  • Hope / Lynden + Pastor


  • Central / Seattle + Pastor (Maynard Atik, Transition Pastor)


  • Sara Funkhouser has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Luther Memorial / Seattle. The Ordination / Installation Service will be Saturday, June 25 at 3pm at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. She will begin serving on June 13.
  • Pam Karas has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Faith / Everett. Ordination will be Saturday, June 18 at 10am at Our Savior's / Everett; She will be installed at Faith / Everett on Sunday, June 19 at at 10:30am. She began May 1.
  • Pr. Leslie Mahraun began serving as the Director of Spiritual Care at The Hearthstone in Seattle on May 1. Installation date TBD.
  • Pr. John Schraan will be installed at Our Saviour’s / Arlington on 6/5 @ 2pm
  • Pr. Rhonda Bostrom will be installed at Holy Trinity / Mercer Island 6/19 @2pm (begins 3/1)
  • Paul Benz (the younger) has been called to serve as the Street Minister of Operation Nightwatch and will be ordained on 6/18 @ 2pm at Immanuel /Seattle


  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Sammamish has sold its building and merged with Our Savior Lutheran in Issaquah. We give thanks for the many years of mission and ministry in that place, through that congregation - and we give thanks for what God is doing anew.
  • Deacon Dustin Hamren was ordained and installed at Gloria Dei / Lynnwood on 4/30 
  • Pr. Charis Weathers was installed at Burlington Lutheran on 5/1
  • Pr. Eric Finsand's final Sunday at Christ the Servant (Bellingham) will be 4/17 - new call in Nebraska
  • Pr. Leslie Mahraun's final Sunday at Immanuel (Everson) will be 4/17 - new call in Seattle
  • Pr. Marillyn Schulz was installed as pastor/chaplain at Bethany of the Northwest, Everett on 3/25
  • Pr. Chelsea Globe was installed as pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at UW on 3/13
  • Pr. Glen Aaberg and Cross & Crown (Renton) shared their final Sunday together on 2/20
  • Pr. Jim Killough has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Central / Everett - begins 2/23 (installation TBD)

Last updated: 5/9/22