"We had no idea what to expect when we partnered with IPM, but I can tell you we are so grateful for both the organization and for Interim Pastor Larry Chute. His ministry has been to redirect us from ourselves back to Jesus Christ. He took charge when we wandered, and he guided when we were on track. He has brought harmony to our church through the Word. He has been, quite simply, amazing.
Jim Burgett, First Congregational Church, Highland, IL
"I want to express our appreciation to you for your help in matching us up with Rev. Ray Feeck for our Sabbatical at Eden Church here in Muncie, IN. God has to have had a hand in this as well, and we have been truly BLESSED! He is a man of God who has worked hard for us delivering excellent sermons each week, conducting Bible studies, counseling church members and others, meeting with church leaders individually or in husband and wife teams as well as other teams, and giving us all spiritual leadership in so many ways. He is truly a "God-Send," as we feel that God sent him to us! Thank you again for your help in this process."
Tom Childs, Moderator, Eden Church, Muncie, IN
"I am much indebted to you and to Interim Pastor Ministries. As you know, I have, for the past year, been on a leave-of-absence from the church I serve, Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, in Hermann, Missouri, in order to care for my wife, Diana, who is battling mesothelioma cancer. Dave Sletten has been serving as interim pastor at Emmanuel during my leave-of-absence. As Dave prepares to move on from Emmanuel at the end of this month, I would like to communicate to you what a blessing his ministry has been to me personally and to our church. "It is hard to express adequately all the ways Emmanuel has been blessed through Dave's and Cheryl's ministry during the past year. In fact, it has turned out to be a year of tremendous blessing during which the church has grown in its outreach to the community and in its devotion to Jesus. For Diana and myself, this year has literally been an opportunity to extend Diana's life, as we have been able to focus our energies on finding tools by which she can fight her battle against cancer. I have been renewed in my own sense of purpose in ministry and in my ties with my family. For all these things, we give things to God, and I give my highest recommendation to you for Dave's future work with IPM. "Thanks for giving us the opportunity at Emmanuel of being blessed by this servant of God!"
Pastor Tom Rea, Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Hermann, Missouri
"I would highly recommend Interim Pastor Ministries to any church that has need of a pastor to fill the pulpit. IPM works with you to find the right person for your congregation. We have Pastor Ray Shepard and his wife, Jeanmarie, with us; they are a gift from the Lord. Interim Pastor Ministries, we thank you for your help."
Jerry Patzer, Chairman of Pastoral Search Committee, Harvey Mennonite Brethren Church
"On behalf of the Elder Board and the body of Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont, MN, I wanted to tell you how thankful we are to have had Pastor Jerry as our pastor. With men like him, IPM is performing a needed service extraordinarily well. When we asked for an interim pastor, I think we envisioned someone to fill the pulpit, help us to get over the grief of losing a pastor of 20 years to a disease, and kind of keep the church together until the 'real' pastor was found and hired. Not true with Pastor Jerry! His genuine, honest leadership and practical sermons connected with our congregation in our momentary pain and led us to new dimensions in our relationships with one another and with the Lord. That is no small task in a congregation of over 400 attendees plus two full-time and six part-time staff members! "He addressed sensitive, long-standing issues head on and demonstrated his pastor's heart in the care of Bethel. He taught us, as an Elder Board, what it means to be elders and leaders in God's church by modeling that leadership every day while being a servant that does not grow weary in doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons."
Mark Owens, Elder Board Chairman and Church Chairman, Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Fairmont, MN
"Thank you for providing such a quality interim for our church. Pastor Essington and Barbara were such a blessing and encouragement."
Mike Ianniello, Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, OH
"When Christ Church of Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania, became in need of a senior pastor, we weren't quite sure of what direction God wanted us to go. "Our E. Free district recommended we check out "interim Pastors Ministries." When I first called, you were so helpful in getting things in place; the recommendation of Dr.Tom Burris was truly a God-sent guidance. Pastor Tom took our people under his wing and saw what was needed to help us move to the place where God wanted our church to be. He is truly a godly man sent by God to do a job in Beaver Springs. I sit here typing with mixed emotions, excited that next week our new senior pastor and his family arrive, and excited about seeing what God has in the future for our church with our new pastor. Also, a tinge of sadness as the time comes for Pastor Tom and his wife, Linda, to move on to the next area where God will use them. They are good friends and godly leaders that I would highly recommend to any church going through the transition of pastors. "Also, thank you for seeing the need and being open to God's leading in forming "Interim Pastor Ministries" - you are providing a very much-needed ministry to the Christian church in pastoral transition. God bless you and Pastor Tom in all your service to Him."
Carmon Wright, Council President, Christ Church of Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania
"Our church didn't realize how much we needed Dr. Edward Veldhuizen's loving but firm guidance. He had been recommended to us by Dr. Arnold Conrad of Interim Pastor Ministries and by our area representative. We had been without a pastor for almost four months and felt the cohesiveness of our congregation dissolving. Arnie Conrad was always available and helpful as we committed to hiring an interim pastor. He and IPM made it easy and affordable for our church. Pastor Ed and Janis, his wonderful wife, brought relief from the moment they arrived. The congregation could not help but love them both as they reached out to everyone. Pastor Veldhuizen has more energy and enthusiasm than people half his age. His love for Jesus Christ, godly wisdom, and experience guided our lost church back to a sure course and laid the foundation needed for our next pastor. We are so thankful to God and IPM for sending us just the right man for the job and for the lasting fruit of his labors."
Janice Devoe, Mountain View Congregational Church, Kellogg, ID
"Charles E. Schleich, 'Chuck,' has served the Church of Bethel in Bethel, Connecticut, well during the time that he has been with us. Chuck and Nan came among us with love in their hearts, and to a person, we accepted them and loved them in return. As the Interim Pastor, Chuck used his experience to help the church heal our pain from a fractured ministry.
Barton E. Morse, Chairman, Church of Bethel, Bethel, Connecticut
"At Hillside, we are very pleased with the Interim Pastor Ministries. The pastor that we received from this placement service is very knowledgeable. He takes initiative in his work, he anticipates needs and is diligent in the areas of responsibility. Pastor David also establishes appropriate goals, priorities, and implements effective courses of action for plans to be completed on time. He effectively adapts to unexpected situations and volunteers for ministry in situations that require extra assistance or leadership. Pastor also maintains a set schedule of activities to assure that a full workload is carried out efficiently and effectively in accordance with the church's priorities. We feel that we are very fortunate to have pastor David as an interim pastor. We couldn't ask for a better leader for our church during this time of transition."
Erwin Van Veldhuizen, Moderator, Hillside Baptist Church
"Interim Pastor Ministries was a breath of fresh air. We were without a pastor for a total of two years. The first year, we had a different person speak every Sunday. We had several pastors come and speak once a month. The second year, we decided that our church needed consistency. We contacted Interim Pastor Ministries because of a recommendation from our district office. Having an interim pastor was so beneficial and stabilizing. Dr. Conrad provided a list of individuals, and we worked through that list. Our interim pastor was extremely helpful with guiding the leadership team, as well as providing the stability we so needed. God provided through this ministry, and we at Twin Valley Church are so grateful. Praise God!!!"
Rick Hall, Twin Valley EFC, Bellevue, NE
"I would highly recommend Interim Pastor Ministries to any church that has recently lost their pastor. They work with you to find the pastor that will fit in well with your church. We had Pastor Jonathan Smith, and he did a good job of preaching the Word of God on Sundays and delivering an excellent devotional before every Wednesday night prayer meeting. He also did a great job of keeping in contact with members and making visitations when they were needed. This group of men is truly a blessing, especially when they can come into a church and just do what they love, which is preach. This was my second time leading our pastor search committee , and it has been so much smoother not having to worry about filling the pulpit every Sunday."
Chris Armacost, PSC Chairman, Faith Bible Church, La Marque, TX
"I would like to report on the experience we have had as a board of elders and as a church with the interim pastor that came to us through Interim Pastor Ministries.com. "The vast wealth of knowledge and experience, and a heart to nurture the body of Christ, was very evident in our interim (Don Urey). Our church saw growth while the interim was here. The preaching was excellent. He counseled families. He also mentored and trained church leadership at their request. This has been a great experience; we feel ready to be effective change managers as our new senior pastor climbs into the saddle.
Matt Grosinger, Elder Board Chairman, Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church
"It was a privilege for us to have Rev. John Hibbard as our interim pastor. Pastor Hibbard has been an excellent pastor. During a difficult transition, the Lord used him to unify the congregation. His love and compassion for each one was evident to all, especially to our large number of sick and shut-ins. He was always ready to give counsel to those who requested it. In addition, his wonderful wit brought joy and encouragement to our people. "Pastor Hibbard's ministry of God's Word was outstanding, his depth, yet simplicity in his presentation of the Word challenged and encouraged everyone. Along with Pastor Hibbard, his wife, Carolyn, served in numerous ways in the church. Pastor Hibbard and Carolyn are a wonderful team as they serve the Lord."
Bruce Ingraham, Vice Chair, Ocean County Evangelical Free Church, New Jersey
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