Call Committee News

Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

Reviewing the Call List: Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

June 27, 2024
The Call Committee for Lead Pastor at the Shawnee campus has received a list of twelve names for consideration from the Kansas District. Five of the candidates are also on the Mission Campus list. Because there is overlap in these five candidates, the chairmen of the call committees will be  coordinating the selection process. 
The Shawnee Call Committee is in the process of reviewing the list of candidates, discussing who would best fit the unique needs of the Shawnee campus, and meeting to narrow the list down to those with whom we want to have initial virtual interviews.
If you have any questions, you are encouraged to email Josh Theiss, call committee chairman.

Call List Sent to the District: Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

June 6, 2024

Progress is happening in the call processes!

Both of the Call Committees for Lead Pastors have met this week to review the nominations received from the congregation. Of the nominations, there are now two nominations for Lead Pastor at the Mission Campus, three nominations for Lead Pastor at the Shawnee Campus, and six joint nominations for consideration for both positions. Since we are in the unique position of working through two call processes at once, the call committees will be consulting with each other throughout the selection process to make the selection process more efficient with the joint candidates.
These nominations, along with the Congregational Self Evaluation Tool (CSET) and the results of the Pastoral Characteristics Survey from last summer with input from the two new call committees, have now been submitted to President Panzer at the Kansas District. President Panzer will be reviewing the list of candidates to verify their eligibility and will be adding other candidates recommended by the district.
In the meantime, the Call Committees will continue contemplating how to organize that information to allow us to select the candidates who will go further in our selection process. We will also consider our interview strategy and questions.
As always, should you have questions or input for the Committees, please contact any of the committee members. Please continue praying for our call process and President Panzer, that we may receive our list of candidates as expeditiously as possible and that we quickly recognize the person God has chosen to lead us.

Meet Your New Call Committee: Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

May 23, 2024

The newly formed call committee for the Lead Pastor at the Shawnee Campus will meet soon. Please pray for the committee as we get to know each other and become familiar with the call process. 

Below are the members of the committee:

Josh Theiss, Chairman

Jeff Bessette

Joel Eckelman

Barb Estes

Julie Messbarger

Brenda Rice

Pastor Luke Jacob, Advisor

Call Committee Formed: Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

May 16, 2024
One of the biggest takeaways from the listening sessions that took place in March was a desire to change the structure of leadership at Trinity, with the idea of the three pastors’ roles being organized as:

Senior Pastor

Lead Pastor – Mission Campus

Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

The Executive Committee President Patti Hare, has appointed a call committee to fill the role of Lead Pastor at the Shawnee campus. The call committee members who have graciously agreed to serve are: 

Josh Theiss (chairman) 
Joel Eckelman 
Barb Estes 
Brenda Rice
Julie Messbarger
Jeff Bessette
Rev. Luke Jacob 

Please keep the call committee in your prayers as they begin their work in calling the next lead pastor at Shawnee. We look forward to this next step in ministry as we work together as a Community Following Jesus. 

Request for Nominations: Lead Pastor – Shawnee Campus

May 2, 2024
While the Executive Committee forms and finalizes a new call committee for Lead Pastor at the Shawnee Campus, we are now opening nominations for the position. There are two sources from which we consider potential candidates. One is a list of names compiled by Kansas District President Panzer. The other is you, the congregation.
This is your chance to nominate someone for possible inclusion in our list of names for call consideration. Perhaps you have visited other LCMS churches, or are a former member of another LCMS church, at which you observed a pastor that you think is committed to the written Word, and possesses the compassion, prayerfulness, temperament, interpersonal skills, and presence in the pulpit that will serve us well.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 24.
If so, there are three avenues for you to access the form:


Hardcopies are available in the entry to both worship locations. After completing the form, you may drop it into the drop box, also in the entry to both locations or mail it to the Mission church office to the attention of Gretchen Hollman.


An electronic, fillable form is available on our website. You may click the link below to access the Pastor Nomination Form. It will then be submitted electronically.


A PDF form is available below. You may click the link below to access the Pastor Nomination Form after which you have three options in completing the form:
  • Complete the form online, save it to your computer and send it as an email attachment to; or,
  • Complete the form on your computer, print it out and place it in one of the drop boxes or mail it to the Mission church office to the attention of Gretchen Hollman; or
  • Print the form, complete it by hand, drop it into the drop box or mail it to the Mission church office for the attention of Gretchen Hollman.
Whether you nominate someone or not, thank you for your prayerful consideration in our call process, asking God to reveal to us quickly the person he has chosen for us. 
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