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Interim Pastor Update

Posted: December 21, 2016

During a time of pastoral transition at Shepherd of the Valley, we have been blessed by the ministry of three gifted people to fill our interim needs.  These interim roles were set up to be in place through the call of a new Senior Pastor.

Pastor Ron Olson (middle, above) concluded his interim term in October.  Ron continues his ministry of interim roles with area churches in a variety of capacities.  We were grateful to recognize Ron and thank him for his ministry.  

Maggie Novak (left) will conclude her Interim Pastoral Assistant role effective January 31, 2017.  Maggie Novak is in conversation with the Bishop and the St. Paul Area Synod staff regarding available pastoral call opportunities.  Please join us during fellowship in the Great Hall on Sunday, January 29, 2017 to wish Maggie well and extend words of gratitude for her greatly appreciated ministry to SOTV.

On December 15, 2016 the SOTV Church Council voted to recommend Wendy Steger (right) as our next Associate Pastor effective February 1, 2017.  A congregational meeting to vote on this call is scheduled for January 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm.  In this call, the Associate Pastor will oversee the core ministry area of Connect where we join together in fellowship, service, and outreach.  More information regarding Wendy Steger and her recommendation for call will be released on Thursday, January 5, 2017 via email, News for the Flock, and on the website www.sotv.org. Congregational dialogues regarding the call of Wendy Steger will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11 am and 12 Noon in the Chapel.

Questions should be directed to Jennifer Maxwell, Kari Slotten, Pastor Rick Summy, Pastor Randy Brandt, Pastor Duane Paetznick, or Council@sotv.org.