Welcome to our Interim Pastor Joshua Graber, who grew up in a small town in Wisconsin on the Mississippi River. In 2001, he graduated from Trinity Lutheran College (LBI) in Seattle and from Luther Seminary, in 2008. He was chosen for the Lilly Funded TiM Program and served his first ELCA call as a pastor for Global Mission and Young Adults at Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead, MN. He was director and mission developer for Abundant Life Together (ALT Year), a gap year experience for young adults, from 2010-17. Josh is a trained community organizer and coach, and last summer he served as pastor at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington State. He’s excited to be back in Wisconsin and serving Mt Zion as Interim Pastor and we are so very excited to have him with us.
We have a strong congregation with involved members who keep all our ministries going, and now we look forward to welcoming a new pastor to guide us on our faith journey. The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA has a well-defined process for this transition. Our interim pastor will serve us for some months while we work on calling a new, permanent pastor.
This call process will begin with Mission Exploration Teams (METs), small groups of Mt Zion members who inventory our strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Their reports will be provided to a formal call committee, who will work with the synod to prepare a list of compatible pastors, interview the candidates, and eventually propose one for congregational approval.
The process is long and involved, but we are blessed with a dedicated leadership board and a caring congregation, and we look forward to the great things Mt Zion will do! We continue to pray, waiting on God to bless with exactly the pastor we need at just the right time for us and them.