Senior Pastor Call Committee Updates

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Senior Pastor Call Committee Updates

Check back for progress updates on the Senior Pastor Call Committee.

Update #7, May 11th: A congregational Voters’ Meeting was held on Sunday, March 15th where a call was extended to Pastor Phil Ressler to become the next Senior Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church. Copies of the Voters’ Meeting Notes and Call Acknowledgement Letter can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no decisions have been made at this time. Communication between the Call Committee and Pastor Ressler have been continuous throughout the duration of the pandemic. Details on inviting Pastor Ressler’s family to visit Peace are in progress. We continue to pray for Pastor Ressler, his family, and his current congregation as he discerns where God is leading his ministry.

Voters' Meeting Notes: March 15

Call Acknowledgment Letter - Phil Ressler

Update #6, February 12th: A new list was obtained from the district with nine nominees. Careful consideration was given to each pastor, and video interviews were conducted with two candidates. The Call Committee unanimously decided to move forward with next steps for both candidates with on-site interviews scheduled in February and March. Each pastor will meet with Call Committee, Board of Directors, Elders, and staff as well as tour our church campus.

Update #5, January 5th: Voters' Meeting canceled - prospective candidate accepted another call. More updates to follow.

Update #4, December 27th: A Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for January 12th following 11 am worship. The agenda is to place a Senior Pastor Call.

Update #3, November 10th: The Committee interviewed three candidates via Skype and decided to move forward with next steps with one of them. This pastor is scheduled to be in town in December to meet with the Call Committee, Board of Directors, Elders, and staff. In addition, the candidate will have a chance to tour our church campus.

Update #2, October 10th: Three candidates out of the top five expressed their willingness to learn more about Peace. After prayerful consideration, the Committee decided to schedule interviews with all three candidates. Interview questions were written based off the qualities desired in a Senior Pastor identified in the Pastor Profile Survey (PPS). Initial phone interviews are now scheduled with each of the three candidates.

Update #1 - September 17: The Committee reviewed the Personal Information Forms (PIFs) and Self Evaluation Tools (SETs) for 14 pastors recommended by the Texas LCMS District President, including approved nominations submitted by members of Peace. The top five candidates will be contacted directly to verify their openness to receiving a call. 

Below are some helpful resources to answer any questions you may have about the call process. If you have any questions, email:  

Members of the Senior Pastor Call Committee:

  • Jeff Kamprath (Chairman)
  • Mike Sconce (Board of Directors' Representative)
  • Kevin Sheets (Board of Elders' Representative)
  • Josh Anderson
  • Carol Chandler
  • Russell Jones
  • Kelly Oster
  • Nick Samuelson

Peace Pastoral Profile Survey:

LCMS Manual on Calling a Pastor: