Transition Task Force Update

Transition Task Force Update


Greetings St. Andrew Family,

I wanted to share a brief update on our transition process. At Tuesday evening’s Church Council meeting, we met with an external Interim Senior Pastor candidate. Following our conversation with that individual, the council voted unanimously to elect and confirm Pastor Peter Johnson as the Interim Senior Pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. While Pastor Peter has already assumed all of the responsibilities of this role, this vote formalizes the process and his new role. 

Thank you to our council, pastors, staff, and many others for supporting the integrity of this process for the senior pastor role and to the congregation for keeping this group in their prayers. We believe that Pastor Peter’s experience and leadership will give our congregation and staff a strong path forward with the consistency and care needed during this transitional time.

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Joy Altmann
Congregational President

Dear Members and Friends of St. Andrew,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Interim Senior Pastor here at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

Over the course of my 10 years of ministry here, I have benefited greatly from serving alongside my fellow staff and so many of you. What a dedicated and faithful group of people you are! We have lived out our faith commitment together to learn, serve, grow, share, and also have fun within our church and within God’s wider world. It has been a privilege for me to be a part of this. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing our ministry together in this new role.

I also look forward to honoring all of the Transition Task Force’s important work as it guides St. Andrew through conversations and plans for the future of our church’s leadership. God’s presence with us, celebrated this weekend at Christmas, reminds us that we are not alone and that with God, all things work for the good (Romans 8:28). I also thank you for your continued commitment to and prayers for your church and for us staff.

Merry Christmas to you all,

Pastor Peter Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor

December 16, 2023

Dear St. Andrew Congregation,

As previously communicated, a Transition Task Force has been created and is diligently working to prepare the background necessary for a Call Committee to call a new Senior Pastor. From time to time, we will keep you updated on our progress.

We’ve had two meetings. We have begun to fill out the Ministry Site Profile, a standard form that we got from and will return to the Synod. This profile will have two parts – it will tell prospective Senior Pastor candidates about St. Andrew Lutheran and it will have a profile of the qualities and background we are looking for in the Senior Pastor role. We expect to have the Profile prepared by the end of January 2024.

We will also utilize task force members’ contacts and others’ contacts to seek Senior Pastor candidates. These candidates will be ultimately be presented to the Call Committee. 

Input of the Congregation is important. There will be at few ways that interested members can give that input. Task force members will hold listening sessions beginning in January with standing committees, staff and other constituents. We will ask four to five questions in these one-hour meetings.

Additionally, we will be present at the annual Congregation Meeting on January 28 to get input in a separate session after the meeting. Additionally, you may submit your thoughts to

If you have further comments or questions, please also direct them to the email above.

With Thanks and Gratitude,

The Task Force:
Jim Smiley, Chair
Ross Eichelberger
Ruth Kimmelshue
Jillian Klein
Tim Maudlin
Steve Moen
Sara Ross