Letter from Pastor Tim
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings from Iowa! Bette and I are so excited to begin ministry with you on October 12th and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my family, and the amazing journey Bette and I have been on that has finally brought us here to you, our new St. Luke’s family.
Bette and I have three adult children. Tim is a pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Circle Pines, Minnesota, and is engaged to Lindsey. John does the accounting for a youth and family counseling center in Minneapolis, and Allison, our youngest, is in her final year of law school at the University of Minnesota. They all live together in the same house in St. Paul. (Yes, it does sound like the introduction to a sitcom!) We have two furry, four-legged grandchildren, Frankie, an Australian Shepherd, and Hank, the Pug. We also have three dogs of our own, Cooper, Freddy, and Bilbo; a terrier mutt, a Westie, and a Cairn Terrier. Bette, a former middle-school Science teacher, works for the Office of Research Ethics with Iowa State University and will continue working remotely for them from Madison.
Since I was asked this a couple of times during the Zoom meetings on August 30th, I want you to know that I come from a divided family. Together with my father, I am a Green Bay Packers fan, while my siblings are Chicago Bears fans. Not only that, my oldest sister and I are Chicago White Sox fans, where my brother and father rooted for that other team located in Chicago. Growing up in this way, I have learned to love those whose allegiances lie with a different team. (Go, Pack, Go!)
As the son of an executive of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, I grew up mostly in the Chicago suburbs, but also spent some time in Iowa, where I met Bette. Bette and I both graduated from Iowa State University. Prior to becoming a pastor, I managed our family retail store in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then worked as an underwriter/marketer for a commercial insurance company in Des Moines, Iowa. It was at this time that I answered the call to ministry and attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
My ministry as a pastor began at First Lutheran Church, a large, multi-staffed congregation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I was pastor of education, youth, family, and discipleship. During this time, Bette and I developed a small group ministry program and equipped multiple groups of leaders to build this ministry. This is also where I honed my understanding of discipleship ministry and discernment of spiritual gifts. From this time on, I would teach workshops in these areas at Synod events and at various churches of medium and large size. I then answered a call to New Life Lutheran Church in Norwalk, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. There we focused on growing disciples, small group ministry, and youth and family ministry. At New Life we experienced growth in discipleship and increased participation by the membership. We even took our summer vacations together, packing over 30 of us in the Beach House at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp year after year. Needless to say, we grew to know each other quite well! We also started a Sunday evening youth-led service which grew from twelve participants to over fifty, many of whom were unchurched youth from our community. Eight years later, I answered a call to Fjeldberg Lutheran in Huxley, Iowa. Here again we focused on education, youth ministry, and discipleship. I also worked with the leadership of the congregation and the community in working through the conflict over the ELCA sexuality statement of 2009. In 2014, I took a call to Bethany Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls, Iowa, where I am presently.
My passions in ministry are preaching, worship, discipleship, stewardship, outreach, teaching youth and adult, and guiding young pastors new to ministry. In this role I have been an internship supervisor and Conference dean.
I look forward to growing together with you in Christ and reaching out to the Middleton area with God’s grace and love, as we are called to do in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Tim Maybee
Calling a pastor is an in-depth, spirit-led process. With the congregation's input, the Transition Team produced a comprehensive report on the congregation's vision for St. Luke's future -- much like a strategic plan. This report was the framework which the Senior Pastor Call Committee used for creating the "ministry site profile" (MSP). An MSP is the information pastors review to evaluate a potential church. This process is based on the experience and wisdom of other congregations along with guidance from the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.
The Call Process Update
We all feel it. This transition process seems to be taking much longer than expected. It’s had a lot of twists and turns and bumps. It’s a typical windy, twisty path of faith which, as Christians, we should know to expect.
In 2019, the Senior Pastor Call Committee interviewed numerous candidates (see more detail in the Senior Pastor Call Committee Annual Report) and it was clear none of the candidates were the person God is calling to St. Luke’s. In January of 2020, another group of candidates was provided, and the Call Committee feels hopeful.
Once the Senior Pastor is officially Called to St. Luke’s, the Associate Pastor Call Committee will begin their work. This allow us to find Pastors who complement each other and best serve our church.
Along this windy path, St. Luke’s has seen a burst of lay leaders and outreach. New people are attending and joining for many of the reasons we love our church — fellowship, youth ministry, outreach and amazing music.
We anxiously await the pastors God is calling to lead us.
If you have questions, please contact a Council member at:
Frequently Asked Questions
How is a “Call” different than a “Hire”
A “Call” purposely allows for breathing space and for God to be present in the process. On the basis of our Lutheran theology, a pastor is called, not hired, to serve a congregation. The call process is not the same as the hiring process in other parts of society. Any process that seems to focus on “head hunting,” or “just getting someone in here” is missing the point in the calling of a pastor. This is an opportunity for a church to reflect on where it’s been and where it wants to go.
Will we have more Interim Pastors?
Interim Associate Pastor Jerry Tews will remain at St. Luke’s until shortly before we call an Associate Pastor. It is standard practice for there to be a two Sunday break between interim and the newly called pastor.
When will the process start for an Associate Pastor?
The Associate Pastor (AP)) Call Committee was elected at the February 2020 Annual Meeting. As with the Senior Pastor Call Committee, the AP Call Committee represents a diverse mix of the congregation including age, gender, service, ministry areas and longevity. Once the Senior Pastor is officially Called to St. Luke’s, the Associate Pastor Call Committee will begin their work. This allow us to find Pastors who complement each other and best serve our church.
What Can I Do?
Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Interim Pastor.
Pray that the dynamic energy which drew us to St. Luke’s continues to radiate.
Pray for the staff as they adjust to the extra duties required of them and the demands placed on their families.
Pray for the Church Council as they undertake the leadership of this enormous process.
Pray for the Call Committees as they do the difficult work of discerning God's path for our church and our next pastors.
Pray for the Pastors who will be called to St. Luke’s.
Are you feeling called to share your time or talent?
Is there something you’ve been thinking about that you’d like to start?
Are there volunteer opportunities within the church that will help staff?
Contact Paul Harshner, Volunteer Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or in the church office.
Waiting is hard. This process can seem like it’s taking forever, and nothing is happening. We all love St. Luke’s. We’re seeing it grow and thrive and we don’t want to lose momentum. The natural instinct is to want the process to move faster. But, for anyone who has participated in a job search or a search for love, the process rarely goes quickly. God has a plan for St. Luke’s. Let’s prayerfully trust in the process, knowing that our patience will be rewarded. Prayers and participation can help everyone!