June 2023: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church joyfully shares the news that Pastor Ben Sloss has been called by the members of the congregation to serve as Associate Pastor. Results from the all-church vote, which took place June 3-4, were 222 to 2 in favor of calling Pastor Ben. Thank you to all of those who voted, and many thanks to the members of Our Saviour's Children & Youth Call Committee for their dedicated and prayerful work over the past several months. Pastor Ben; his wife, Tracie; and their children Ethan (8), Grace (5) and Lily (5), are excited to make the transition to Our Saviour's later in June. Pastor Ben's first weekend in worship at Our Saviour's is tentatively scheduled for June 24-25.
May 2023: Our Saviour's is excited to announce Pastor Ben Sloss's nomination as Our Saviour's second new associate pastor! Pastor Sloss was nominated by our Children & Youth Call Committee (read their letter of recommendation HERE), and his nomination was wholeheartedly endorsed by Church Council. Pastor Ben currently serves as associate pastor for Youth & Family Ministries at Grace Lutheran Church in LaGrange, IL.
May 2023: Our Saviour's is thrilled to welcome Pastor Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman as Associate Pastor. Pastor Elisabeth was called by the members of Our Saviour's by a vote of 281 to 3 the weekend of April 29-30, and you can find Pastor Elisabeth's acceptance letter HERE. Pastor Elisabeth and her family are excited to make their move from Kearney, NE, to Naperville this summer. Welcome, Pastor Elisabeth!
April 2023: Our Saviour's Engagement Call Committee joyfully announces its recommendation of Pastor Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman to serve as Associate Pastor; this recommendation has been unanimously approved by Our Saviour's church council.
Pastor Elisabeth, who has a background in social work and experience in college ministry and as a hospital chaplain, currently serves as associate pastor for youth and young adults at First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Nebraska. Her husband, Jacob, is an architect; they welcomed son Jens in 2012. Read the call committee's letter recommending Pastor Elisabeth, and join us in welcoming her at a meet-and-greet on Saturday, April 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the Our Saviour's Campus. She also will be present before 5 p.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services, after 10:30 a.m. worship, and at Surge this weekend ahead of an all-church call vote on April 29-30.
Thank you for your prayers for both of our call committees over the past several months!
March 2023: The engagement call committee, chaired by David Ashcraft, has identified a pastoral candidate whom they will recommend for hire. The committee will present its recommendation to Church Council on April 4, with a vote on the recommendation expected shortly thereafter.
December 2022: Church Council Chair Alan Jacobs shares exciting updates on the process to call two associate pastors, discusses additional opportunities to share your voice and vision with Council, and addresses questions that have come up during the visioning process.