We are very grateful to Pr. Barry Neese, who has agreed to be Gethsemane’s temporary “Pastor of Record” in the few months until we are able to obtain an interim pastor for transitioning towards calling a new pastor. For pastoral needs, call the church office.
Pr. Neese will be available for pastoral care and to assist the council in how to move forward in the coming months. He may also be among the variety of ministers and pastors to serve our congregation in Sunday worship.
The following is an official explanation of the role of the Pastor of Record:
"At the time of pastoral vacancy in a congregation, the bishop, working with the Congregation Council, appoints a Pastor of Record to provide basic leadership and pastoral care until another pastor is called or appointed as an interim. A Pastor of Record may be in an area ELCA congregation or may be serving in a non-congregational setting."
Also "It is standard practice that no pastor is to be considered as a candidate for call to a congregation when serving that congregation as a Pastor of Record or Interim Pastor."