(1) The Session is delighted to share the exciting news that we have hired the Rev. Laura Sherwood as our 3/4 Interim Associate Pastor! She will begin serving among us in mid- to late-November once she relocates from Cincinnati. A graduate of McCormick Seminary, Laura comes to us with 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, much of it as an Interim Pastor (serving congregations in Indiana and Ohio primarily), where she has sought to help churches transition faithfully from one season to the next. In her role at fpcw, Laura will work primarily in the areas of mission, faith formation and pastoral care. She will also guide us in an intergenerational process of "transitional discovery" that will help us discern where the Spirit is nudging us next as a church.
Laura writes, "Throughout my years in transitional ministry, I have been amazed at the on-going call of the Spirit upon each congregation and filled with wonder at God’s faithfulness in every circumstance, challenge and opportunity. I see in your position an openness to discover new possibilities, even new directions for mission and ministry as part of your journey of faith."
Several years ago, Laura and I had the chance to work together at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, after Arianne stepped down from her pastoral position there. She is a wise, creative and faithful pastor, who brings considerable expertise for interim ministry. I can't wait for you to meet her!
In next Thursday's email, we will have a video introduction from Laura to share with you, along with her official starting date. Once she arrives, we will schedule opportunities for you to meet her virtually and hopefully in-person too.