Posted July 25, 2019

The Senior Pastor Transition Team has completed four Skype interviews with pastoral candidates; we are trying to set up more candidate interviews. One of the candidates will be visiting Grace with his wife on August 7; the purpose of their visit is to ‘interview’ Grace and learn about our ministries and the Escondido community. This is expected to be the first visit for this candidate; more visits will take place as his candidacy continues. During this visit, a number of Grace’s leaders will be involved in meeting with this candidate and answering questions about Grace and our community. Since this is the first of multiple expected visits, there will not be an all-congregation opportunity to meet this candidate and his wife at this time. The Transition Team met on July 25 and asks the congregation to continue praying for this process and the Pastor that God has chosen to lead us.

Posted July 3, 2019
Two candidates have been interviewed via Skype and three additional candidates have agreed to a Skype interview. Those interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible. Please continue to keep this process in your prayers.

Posted June 12, 2019

Two candidates were interviewed via Skype video conference on Sunday afternoon, June 2nd. Tuesday morning District provided information on six additional candidates for the team to consider.  Please continue praying for this process and all involved.

Candidate interview questions from SPTT

Posted May 23, 2019

The Senior Pastor Transition Team met on May 21st and agreed on 4 candidates to interview. The team will be contacting each of these candidates to see if they are interested in an initial Skype interview.  Please continue praying for this process.

Posted May 6, 2019

Updated Grace Lutheran Church and School Profile sent to President Gibson May 2019. Grace Profile 5/2019

Posted March 14, 2019
The Senior Pastor Transition Team is thankful for the continued support from the Grace family for our call process. Seventeen names of nominees for our Senior Pastor have been received and submitted to the Pacific Southwest District. Among those pastors, may be the man God has chosen to lead our ministries at Grace.
Our team is updating Grace’s Profile, a ‘story’ of who we are as a church and a member of God’s community. We have received excellent input from the TMAT and are incorporating their comments into our revised profile document. The profile is an important piece of information that we share with finalist candidates so they can know more about us and our ministries here in Escondido and North San Diego County.
Please continue to pray for the entire process as we await information from the District on our candidate nominees.


Posted December 6, 2018 UPDATE:
Grace continues to seek a new Senior Pastor. Please use the following link to nominate a candidate for Senior Pastor.

Posted September 24, 2018 UPDATE:
We have been blessed by the process to Call a new Senior Pastor. At a special voter’s meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2018, a 2/3 vote was received to accept the Elders recommendation to extend a Call for a Senior Pastor.  The Lord leads and guides, and we are listening!










Posted September 6, 2018 UPDATE:

Under the direction of the Board of Elders, the Senior Pastor Transition Team has processed all of the candidate nominations. 17 nominations were evaluated and the top 4 were engaged in correspondence and the interview process. On Tuesday the Board of Elders voted unanimously to advance the recommendations to the Congregation. This process has involved a lot of prayer and the Holy Spirit is at work. Please continue to pray for the process, the person the Lord has already selected, and not only for Grace but the other congregation that will be affected by the new Call. The names of the candidates will not be revealed until a special Congregational Voter’s Meeting which will be held at 12:00 pm on Sunday, September 23rd.


FAQ July 2017

Letter From Pastor Jim


If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Pastor Transition Team here:

Senior Pastor Transition Team

Howard Breitenfeld, A.J. Brumfield, Christie Elliott, Luz Olivares, Katy Sensmeier,  Scott Kellar – Advisory,  Pastor Scott Gary, Kevin DeCew, Co-Lead, Jack Anderson, Co-Lead

If you would like to contact anyone on our Senior Pastor Transition Team please call the church office: 760-745-0831