Pastor Todd Hawkins started work with the Care Team on April 22. The focus of Pastor Todd’s work is to visit older adults who have significant, ongoing health concerns. He brings curiosity and a keen listening ear from his first career as a journalist as well as a heart for pastoral care and a deep reverence for the sacrament of communion.
The Visitation Pastor position is a one year term call, 20 hours per week, 6-8 visits per week. Pastor Todd is beginning work under contract. He is an ELCA pastor currently “on leave from call.” This means that Augustana’s responsibility is to extend a call to him. A congregational vote to extend a one year term call from his start date of April 22 is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, immediately following 10:30 a.m. worship.
How was Pastor Todd identified as the final candidate?
During Holy Week, Pastor Tim and Pastor Caitlin interviewed three candidates recommended by the Office of the Bishop. From those interviews, two candidates were identified who would serve Augustana well both as a visiting pastor and as a staff team member. Second interviews took place the week after Easter with staff members who have responsibilities that intersect with visitation ministry – Julie MacDougall, Sheryl Stenseth, and Yvonne Wilken. Pastor Todd was identified as the final candidate.
How was the decision made to call a Visitation Pastor?
Malise De Bree, prior to her retirement on March 15, was responsible for ongoing visitation as part of her work. Because Augustana is entering a call process to identify a new senior pastor, it was decided to extend a one-year term call to meet the visitation needs of the congregation formerly covered by Malise. This allows the next senior pastor to assess staff needs of the congregation before permanent staffing decisions are made. Other areas of Malise’s work have been designated as follows:
- Tender Loving Care Ministry – Sheryl Stenseth and Julie MacDougall
- Prayer and Home Communion – Pastor Caitlin Trussell
- Senior Ministry Committee – Pastor Tim Drom
- Senior Hospitality and Activities – Senior Ministry Committee