Leadership Transition


Updated May 16, 2017

The following congregations in our synod are experiencing a pastoral transition. If you are interested in being considered for any of these parishes, please notify our office. In our call procedure, multiple names may be given to a Call Committee, and candidates are free to explore multiple Ministry Site Profiles. You may be sure that careful consideration will be given to your interest.

Key:  0= Not calling at this time  | 1 = In study | 2 = Ready for or Interviewing | 3 = Voting

(See explanations below)

Key Congregation/Charge Conference Position
1 Greencastle, Trinity Chambersburg Pastor
0 Orrstown, St. Paul Perry
1 Flohr, McKnightstown Gettysburg Pastor
2 Garden of Grace Community of Churches Gettysburg Pastor
1 Hummelstown, Zion Harrisburg Pastor
1 Bainbridge, St. Luke Lancaster Pastor
0 Strasburg, St. Michael Lancaster
2 Lutheran Lebanon Co-Op Lebanon Pastor
1 East Earl, St. John Center North Lancaster Part-time Pastor
1 Leola, Zion North Lancaster Pastor
1 Manheim, Zion North Lancaster Pastor
0 Penryn, St. Paul North Lancaster
0 Newport, St. Paul Perry
0 Felton, St. Luke South York
2 Shrewsbury, Christ South York Pastor
0 Lykens, St. Christopher Upper Dauphin
0 Williamstown, Immanuel Upper Dauphin
3 Newville, Zion West Cumberland Pastor
1 Mechanicsburg, St. Mark West Shore Pastor
1 York, Grace and York, Trinity York Part-time Pastor


Key Explanations:

0 = Not calling at this time: These congregations are stable, generally served by a part-time interim minister, and are engaging in longer-term self study to determine their future.

1 = In study: These congregations are expecting to call a pastor and are preparing their Mission Site Profile in anticipation of receiving names. This often takes many months.

2 = Ready for or Interviewing: These congregations have completed their Mission Site Profiles and are either ready to receive candidates or in the middle of interviews.

3 = Voting: These congregations have narrowed their search to a final candidate and are planning to conduct a vote.


If your congregation is considering increasing your staff to include a leader who is not a pastor but is theologically trained, you might think about calling a rostered lay leader. Associates in Ministry, Diaconal Ministers, and Deaconesses are not ordained as pastors are, but they are commissioned or consecrated by the church and called to ministries of Word and Service. Among these service ministries are Christian education, music, social outreach, visitation, chaplaincy, youth ministry, counseling, parish worker, and health ministries. To learn more about rostered lay leaders in our synod, contact Pastor Robert Blezard, Lower Susquehanna Synod, at 1.800.692.7282 x 109 or at rblezard@lss-elca.org.

The following is a list of congregations looking to fill rostered lay leader positions as we know them now.  If you are interested in being considered for any of these parishes, please notify my office as soon as possible.  You may be sure that careful consideration will be given to your interest.

 None at this time.

Roster Changes – July/August 2016