When we asked for an interim pastor, we envisioned someone to fill the pulpit, to help us get over the grief of losing a pastor of 20 years to a disease, and to keep the church together until the ‘real’ pastor was found. Our interim pastor did more. He led us to new dimensions in our relationships with one another and with the Lord. That is no small task in a congregation of over 400 attendees plus two full-time and six part-time staff members. He addressed sensitive, long-standing issues head on and demonstrated his pastor’s heart in the care of Bethel. He taught us, as an Elder Board, what it means to be elders and leaders in God’s church by modeling that leadership every day while being a servant that does not grow weary in doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons.
Elder Board Chairman and Church Chairman, Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Fairmont, MN