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


  • Bethlehem / Marysville + Pastor
  • Bethlehem / Sedro Woolley + Pastor
  • Central / Bellingham + Pastor


  • Christ the Servant / Bellingham + Pastor (Deanna Wildermuth, Care Pastor & Rebecca Langholz, Transition Facilitator)
  • Cross & Crown / Renton + Pastor (Heidi Calhoun, Transition Pastor)
  • Faith / Bellingham +Pastor (Harry Grinstad, Transition Facilitator, Care Pastor Team Members: Emma Donohew, Netsie Griffith, Wendell Hendershott)
  • First / West Seattle + Pastor (Neal Snider, Transition Pastor)
  • Glendale / Burien + Pastor (Jim Kruse, Transition Pastor)
  • Good Shepherd @ Swan's Trail / Snohomish + Pastor (Care Pastor coming soon; Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator)
  • Holy Cross / Bellevue + Pastor (Judy Brennan, Transition Pastor)
  • Holy Cross / Lake Stevens + Pastor (Care Pastor coming soon; Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator, Mark Tanis, Pulpit Supply)
  • Immanuel / Everson + Pastor (Esau Cuevas, Care Pastor; Marc Hander, Transition Facilitator)
  • Lord of Life / Renton +Pastor (Joe Kutzke, Care Pastor & Krista Johnson, Transition Facilitator)
  • Northlake / Kenmore + Pastor (Glen Aaberg, Care Pastor)
  • Our Redeemer's / Ballard + Pastor (Gretchen Mertes, Pastor & David Hahn, Transition Facilitator)
  • Our Savior / Issaquah + Pastor (John Vaswig, Transition Pastor)
  • Salem / Mount Vernon + Pastor (Doug Stensby, Transition Pastor)
  • University / Seattle + Pastor (Transiton leaders: Carol Jensen, Gary Dalenius, Tim Wolbrecht)
  • Vashon / Vashon Island + Pastor (Tom Aitken, Care Pastor; Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator)

PROFILE COMPLETE (receiving nominations – find nomination form HERE)

  • Hope / Lynden + Pastor 
  • Prince of Peace / Shoreline + Pastor (Jade Yi, Care Pastor)


  • Lakeridge / Seattle + Pastor (Nisar Stephen , Care Minister)


  • Rev. Paul Eldred has begun serving as pastor at Central / Seattle, beginning in August. Installation will be Friday, September 16 at 7pm. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and arrive by 6:20pm.
  • Rev. Leslie Mahraun has begun serving as the Chaplain at Hearthstone /Seattle.  Her installation will be Tuesday, September 27 at 2pm at the Hearthstone in the Gardens at the Cove.  Hearthstone Garden is located in the alley behind the Cove East Apartments, of the Hearthstone Campus: 6850 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle 98115. Garden is at intersection of Latona & Woodlawn (just East of Woodlawn on Latona) Note: outside in gardens, weather permitting, no vesting. 


  • Rev. Judy Brennan concluded her time at Cross of Christ (Bellevue) as the Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries and will begin serving as a Transition Pastor at Holy Cross (Bellevue)
  • Rev. Eric Wangen-Hoch concluded his time at Bethlehem / Sedro Woolley at the end of July

Last updated: 9/13/22