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Moving Forward Together

Dear Church Family,

I am absolutely thrilled to be here with you in Pullman/Moscow. Once I read and learned about your church I knew that I wanted to be apart of this community.  You have a rich history, gifted lay leadership, and a strong commitment to learning and service.   I am both humbled and honored to serve as your interim minister.

This month we start another exciting chapter in the life of our church.  The interim is probably the most challenging time in the life of a congregation–it is marked by a period of time of learning and reflection.  How we address these issues will significantly impact the next settled pastor and the future direction and tone of the church. Church life and the fabric of our country is significantly different when Kristine Zakarison and Peter Stevens were called as your ministers. In the months ahead, we will work through some important tasks together and it is vital that we take the time to process the past, present, and future before a new pastor is called.  We need to assess where we are as a corporate body—emotionally, spiritually, historically, and sociologically.  Fortunately, there is much to celebrate from our past.

If history is a guide, Community Congregational will continue to follow Jesus’s call to faithfulness.  I hope you perceive, as I do, that our church has a great future, a future worth investing in.

Over the next few months I plan to call on members and friends of the church to get acquainted and hear your stories— Listening Tour.   I would love to share a spot of tea or a meal or just get acquainted.  I can be reached several ways: at the church: 509-332-6411, my cell phone: 719-684-3617 or email:

Little about myself:  I grew up in Minnesota and I graduated from Texas Christian University.  After seminary, I served churches in Illinois, Connecticut, and Colorado.  While in Colorado, I picked up a masters degree in social work from the University of Denver.  After graduate school I went east for ten years and worked in mental health and eventually our family ended up as missionaries in South Africa.  The process of living in post apartheid South Africa was life changing for the entire family.  While I was in South Africa I received a PhD in media studies.  I have five daughters and my wife is a school social worker.

I look forward to seeing you in person or at church.

Faithfully yours,


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