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 (Deb Mach, Care Pastor; Erik Samuelson, Transition Facilitator)
  • Bethlehem / Sedro Woolley + Pastor (Marc Hander, Transition Facilitator)
  • Central / Bellingham (Marc Hander, Transition Facilitator)
  • Cross & Crown / Renton + Pastor (Heidi Calhoun, Transition Pastor)
  • Holy Cross / Bellevue + Pastor (Judy Brennan, Transition Pastor)
  • Holy Cross / Lake Stevens + Pastor (Liz Colver, Transition Minister)
  • Northlake / Kenmore + Pastor (Glen Aaberg, Care Pastor; Red Burchfield, Transition Facilitator)
  • Our Redeemer's / Ballard + Pastor (Gretchen Mertes, Pastor & David Hahn, Transition Facilitator)
  • Our Savior / Issaquah + Pastor (John Vaswig, Transition Pastor)
  • Vashon / Vashon Island + Pastor

PROFILE COMPLETE (receiving nominations – find nomination form HERE)

  • Immanuel / Everson + Pastor (Esau Cuevas, Care Pastor; Marc Hander, Transition Facilitator)
  • Salem / Mount Vernon + Pastor (Doug Stensby, Transition Pastor)


  • Faith / Bellingham +Pastor (Care Pastor Team Members: Emma Donohew, Netsie Griffith, Wendell Hendershott)
  • First / West Seattle + Pastor 
  • Good Shepherd @ Swan's Trail / Snohomish + Pastor (Liz Colver, Transition Minister)
  • Kent Lutheran + Pastor (Mike Anderson, Transition Facilitator)
  • Lord of Life / Renton + Pastor (Joe Kutzke, Care Pastor)
  • University / Seattle + Pastor (Transiton leaders: Carol Jensen, Gary Dalenius, Tim Wolbrecht)


  • Rev. Bryon Hansen's final service at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (Seattle) is 6/4
  • Edward Reyes began serving on May 1 as a Synodically Authorized Lay Minister (SALM) at Hope Lutheran Church, Lynden - a "Service of Beginning" will be held on June 4 at 4pm.
  • Rev. Jana Schofield will be installed at Christ the Servant, Bellingham, on 6/11 at 7pm


  • Steve Olson is serving as a Synodically Authorized Lay Minister (SALM) at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Clinton
  • Rev. J.T. Burk was installed as the new pastor at Prince of Peace/Shoreline on 4/29
  • Glendale Evangelical Lutheran Church, Burien, held a closing “Celebration at the Conclusion of Worship and Ministry” on Sunday, April 23. We give thanks to God for the love and Good News shared over their many years of ministry. Glendale’s pre-K through 8th grade school will continue to operate on the campus site.

Last updated: 5/31/23