The Journey 

Between Pastors

Russ has retired, now what?

To everything, there is a season...we often use this saying around New Hope when there are significant life transitions. Part of the wisdom is to know which season you are in and then tend to that season's work. Pastor Russ has embarked on a new season of life for him and his family, which creates a new season for New Hope. On this page, you will find the latest details about this pastoral transition and what's ahead for New Hope.

Pastor Don on the Trail

On the Trail Part 1

On the Trail Part 2

On The Trail - Stewardship


This process often takes between 12-24 months.

1. Preparing for the Interim Season

Our interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Don Shrumm will begin on September 1st. In the meantime we will continue the work of New Hope and prepare to welcome Rev. Dr. Don to our congregation.

2. Interim Season

The interim pastor will be trained in transitions and how a congregation navigates them. Their work with us will be around the vision and mission of New Hope and what kind of pastor will fit the vision and mission.

3. PNC Nominations

A Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) will be formed by nominations from the congregation and selected by the Church Officer Nominating Committee.

4. PNC Season of Work

Once the PNC is assembled, they will begin their work of the Presbytery's 12 questions, the future of New Hope, and the Pastor job description. This will all be done in tandem with the Committee on Ministry.

5. MIF/Job Description Posted

The PNC will work together to create a Ministry Information Form about New Hope and a job description for the next pastor and post it to the PCUSA job board.

6. Pastor Interviews

The PNC will sort through all of the applications and start an in depth interview process with candidates that fit their criteria.

7. Congregational Approval

When the PNC decides on their final candidate, they will bring them to the congregation for final approval.

8. The Handoff

Once the pastor candidate is voted on and has accepted the position, a new time of transition will begin. The interim pastor will conclude their work and the newly installed pastor will begin theirs.

Communication Is Key

Communication with the congregation is the most important piece of this whole process. The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) will do its best to communicate with the congregation through different platforms with transparency in this process.

What Does The Process Look Like?

Wondering what the responsibilities of the PNC are? Are you wondering how long the process will take and what kind of input you have as a congregation member? Check out the flow chart of the Journey Between Pastors Process.

Pastor Nominating

Committee Members

Katie Klossner

Brenda Gearhard

Rob Knox

Tom Staab

Rick Young

Kyrzia Parker-Lewis

Bill Leung

Angela Landess

Skip Thurnauer




Denver Presbytery

Throughout this process the Comittee on Ministry of the Denver Presbytery will be walking alongside of us to make this transition smooth and in order. If you are the type of person that loves to read policies, then you are in luck! Below you can click the button that will bring you to the COM policy page, and there is a section title: Churches in Transition: Process - Journey Between Pastors. You can find all the helpful documents to help you understand the process of searching for our next called pastor.



As we enter this season of transition, we want to hold to our values as people of hope. That the way in which we engage and grow in our church community is by gathering together, learning together, praying together, and serving together. That is how we continue to grow our spiritual lives.