From the Office of the Bishop
Dear friends in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
Effective August 31, 2021, Pastor Allyson Pryor is stepping down from her position as Bishop’s Associate and Director of Evangelical Mission to pursue her passion around migrants and asylum seekers. We are grateful for her two years with us and the significant contributions she has made in the areas of congregational vitality, coordinated border response, anti-racism efforts and more. We wish her well on the next leg of her journey. If you would like to send her thanks/greetings, we have a kudoboard set up that you can add to at www.kudoboard.com/boards/4ByJqwtL.
We're also grateful for our synod vitality coordinator, Pastor Sarah Nye, who has accepted a new call and will be moving to Iowa with her husband, Pastor Joel Nye, and their family. She is also stepping down as chair of the Holy Experiments Ministry Team and a new chair will be appointed at our upcoming Synod Council meeting. You can give your thanks/blessings to Pastor Sarah at www.kudoboard.com/boards/1J7Femdo.
We are pleased to welcome Pastor Chris Steubing to the staff full time as the Transitional Bishop's Associate and Director of Evangelical Mission (DEM), effective August 23. Pastor Steubing is originally from the San Antonio area with roots in several congregations in the Southwestern Texas Synod. He attended Texas Lutheran University and Luther Seminary and served in several churches as a youth and family minister and praise band leader prior to ordination. Since 2008, he has served as a rostered minister within ELCA congregations in Minnesota and Michigan. His most recent ministry setting was a specialized mission partnership with the ELCA and the St. Paul Area Synod where he led a congregation through a multi-year process of spiritual and organizational renewal.
After 19 years in the Midwest, Pastor Steubing recently relocated to San Antonio with his wife, two children and two Labradors. He is passionate about family, music, the Spurs, and equipping the baptized people of God to follow Jesus in everyday life.
The permanent DEM position is being posted this week on the ELCA website.
Additionally, Pastor Lisa Hoelscher will pick up the responsibilities for synod generosity initiatives, and Pastoral Candidate Katy Miles-Wallace is working part-time as the coordinator for the Lay Leadership Academy (formerly known as the Parish Ministry Training Program).
Thank you for your patience in this time of transition. We appreciate your prayers as we move forward.
Bp. Sue Briner