This past week, Trinity invited its second candidate for the office of Pastor to come and visit us. Once again, we got to share some hospitality and and get to know one another better. This time, it was Rev. Chad Kendall and his wife Stacie, who graced us with their presence. Rev. Kendall currently serves at Trinity Lutheran in Lowell Indiana. Eight years prior, he was at Immanuel Lutheran Church Spirit Lake, Iowa. He has two sons, Isaac 18 and Samuel 15. His Master of Divinity degree is from Concordia – Fort Wayne.
The Call Committee, led by its chairman Dave Chester, selected Rev. Kendall from over a dozen candidates as being the best match for the needs of Trinity. The original list was pared down to just three candidates who the committee felt met Trinity’s requirements. These three were then interviewed extensively by the Call Committee via an internet video connection. After imploring the Holy Spirit’s guidance and aid, the Call Committee voted unanimously to invite the Kendall’s to spend a weekend with us in Memphis so that we might get to know each other better.
Saturday morning, the Kendall’s got a tour of Trinity and learned a bit of its history and a better understanding of its unique location. Later they met with the church staff. That afternoon, the Kendall’s were guests for lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse where the Church Council, and the Board of Elders got to speak with them at length. Afterwards, they were taken to the home of Diane and Gary Schwanke, where they were plied with cakes and cookies and got to meet members of the congregation. After worship service the next day, the Kendalls were hosts of honor at a potluck dinner where more of the members had an opportunity to meet them.
Sunday October 1st, the congregation will meet to consider issuing a Divine Call to Rev. Kendall to come to Trinity – Memphis to serve as our pastor.