Call Committee Updates

Below you will find updates of the Senior Pastor Call process here at Peace.

Additional resources and updates may be found at the bottom of the page. 

This is the timeline for the Senior Pastor Call Process and contains information regarding where Peace Lutheran Church is in the process. The graphic will update as we make strides to the next step on the timeline. 

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October 12, 2020

Out of the seven candidates initially identified by the Call Committee in early August, five candidates were interviewed by video. Three of those five candidates were brought on campus for interviews as part of the next steps.

The Committee will be meeting this week to discern which candidate will be nominated to be brought forth to the congregation for a vote. Anticipate a Congregational Voters’ Meeting to be held soon. Details on how to attend the meeting and cast a ballot will be forthcoming from the Board of Directors. 

August 12, 2020

The Call Committee has narrowed the latest list down from ten candidates to seven. The next steps include introductory phone calls, further list consolidation, and scheduling virtual interviews with candidates. 

July 5, 2020

On June 28, 2020, Pastor Phil Ressler returned the Senior Pastor Call to Peace.
A list of recommended pastors has been obtained from the Texas District LCMS President.
The Committee will be meeting over the coming weeks to prayerfully consider the pastors
on the list, as well as those provided by the congregation, for the role of Senior Pastor at Peace.

May 11, 2020

A congregational Voters' Meeting was held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, 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 may be found 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.

February 12, 2020

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.

January 5, 2020

Voters' Meeting canceled - prospective candidate accepted another call. More updates to follow.

December 27, 2019

A Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2020, following the 11:00 am worship. The agenda is to place a Senior Pastor Call.

November 10, 2019

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.

October 10, 2019

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. The results from the Pastor Profile Survey may be found below. Initial phone interviews are now scheduled with each of the three candidates.

September 17, 2019

The Committee reviewed the Personal Information Forms and Self Evaluation Tools 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. 

Meet the Members of our Senior Pastor Call Committee:

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

Below are helpful resources to answer questions you may have about the Call Process. If you have additional questions, please fill out the form to the right or contact   

Peace Pastoral Profile Survey

LCMS Manual on Calling a Pastor