OUR INTERIM PASTOR
Pastor Judy Anderson-Bauer began her interim ministry at Elim in June 2021 and will lead Elim through the interim process.
From Pastor Judy:
With Good Courage, and the Spirit of Love
I am so excited to start our work together. We have much to do in a short time. As
your interim pastor, I will be with you for a relatively short time, maybe a year or so.
Think of the interim time as “breathing space,” time to assess where you are in your
journey of faith as a congregation, and what God might be calling you to next. We will be looking back on your history, take a measure of your present, and ponder the future. Part of our work together will be thinking about what “business” you are in, and how your “business” is doing. And, probably most importantly, whose “business” are you about? Together we are going to see what answers we can find. Many of you have never known any other pastor than Pastor Jim. He’s been an important and integral part of Elim Lutheran Church for many years. We will be talking about who Elim Lutheran Church is going forward without Pastor Jim.
We will take a couple months to get to know each other, and then come fall we’ll
take some time to review the past, assess the present, and wonder about the future God has for us. I will ask the Church Council to appoint a “Transition Team,” which will be tasked with getting input from all the members about where you think the congregation should be heading.
Your Church Council has already identified a few areas they would like us to work on in these coming months. I have heard about your active youth and family program and that you want to maintain that ministry. They would like us to work on updating your constitution. While that’s not exciting, it is very important in setting the guideposts in how we work together. And they would like us to talk more about how we view all that God has given us and how we take care of the time, talents, and treasures we utilize each day.
One of the readings from the Bible we will be emphasizing is from Ephesians 4:15-
16- “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” God has united us with Jesus in love so that we might become mature people of faith,
who work together in a Spirit of love, to build up one another and the world in which we find ourselves. From what I have heard so far, you have been doing just that in your mission and ministry, and I look forward to joining you in your work and seeing if there are things we can do to enhance and expand that work.
Here are just a few things about myself, so you can get to know me a little better. I
am an ELCA pastor in my 36th year of ministry. I am married to my love and friend,
Loren Anderson-Bauer, who is also an ELCA interim pastor. He is currently serving
Salem Lutheran here in Duluth. We live in Duluth, just down the hill from St.
Scholastica. We have two adult children - a son and his wife who live in Shiprock, New Mexico; and a daughter and her husband who live in Minneapolis. My husband and I share our lives with a Corgi named Gwen and a named cat Sadie. I love to knit, read mysteries, and garden. I like to drink tea (not coffee), and eat chocolate (the darker the better). I love all things purple, love talking to kids, and love making good food.
I will leave you with my favorite prayer, which we will use often during my time with
O Lord God,
who has called us your servants
to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
and through perils unknown:
Give us faith to go out with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us
and your love supporting us. AMEN
All we truly need each day is good courage, knowing that God is leading us and
supporting us every step of the way. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
In Jesus’ Name,
OUR YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Deb became Elim's Youth Minister in January of 2019. She comes to Elim having served another local congregation for four years. Prior to that, Elim was blessed to have Deb as our Youth and Family Ministry Director for 13 years. As such, she comes to Elim with lots of memories, experience and new ideas.
Deb grew up in Cloquet, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a degree in Outdoor Education. While in college she worked for Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry (VLM) at their camps Vermilion and Hiawatha. She met her husband, Dave, when they both worked at camp. They have called West Duluth home since 2001. Deb and Dave have one teenage son.
Deb and her family share Elim's passion for ministry to and among young people. She is a leader in youth ministry in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, serving as an advisor on the synod's LYO team.