Congregations in Transition

Updated August 1, 2019

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)

1Mercersburg, St. JohnChambersburgPastor
2St. Thomas, Saint ThomasChambersburgPastor
1Biglerville, St. Paul & BendersGettysburgPastor
2Hanover, St. MatthewHanoverPastor
0Hanover, St. Paul (Broadway)HanoverPart-time Pastor
2Spring Grove, St. PaulHanoverAssoc. Pastor
3Thomasville, ParadiseHanoverPastor
1Highspire, St. PeterHarrisburgPastor
2Hummelstown, ZionHarrisburgPastor
1Steelton, TrinityHarrisburgPastor
1Bainbridge, St. LukeLancasterPastor
1Lancaster, RedeemerLancasterPastor
1Landisville, ZionLancasterPastor
1Millersville, St. PaulLancasterPastor
1Lebanon, St. MatthewLebanonPastor
2Newmanstown, MillcreekLebanonPastor
1Manchester, ChristNorth YorkPastor
0Duncannon, ChristPerryPastor
2Elliottsburg, MannsvillePerryPastor
2Elliottsburg, MessiahPerryPastor
1Liverpool, St. JohnPerryPart-time Pastor
2Halifax, St. PeterUpper DauphinPastor
2Messiah, FishervilleUpper DauphinPastor
3Carlisle, St. PaulWest CumberlandPastor
1Dillsburg, St. PaulWest ShorePastor
1Shiremanstown, St. JohnWest ShoreSenior Pastor
1Wrightsville, TrinityYorkPastor
1York, Grace and York, TrinityYorkPart-time Pastor
1York, St. MarkYorkPastor

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

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