Senior Minister Resignation

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Senior Minister Resignation

On September 1, Countryside Community Church announced the resignation of our senior minister, Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes. In the letter sent out to our congregation the Moderators acknowledged, “Eric’s painful, but prayerful, decision that now is the right time to step away and follow his next calling to Portland, Oregon.” His last day at Countryside will be November 30, 2020. The Council will vote on a motion to establish a Transition Leadership Committee consisting of the following members: Tracey Halvorson, Aubrey Fitzke, Diane Poots, and Stacey Warner. Dan Loven-Crum will be a non-voting member of this team. This team is not a settled pastor search committee but rather a team to determine:

  • Countryside’s immediate and long-term needs as we prepare to call our next senior minister.
  • The best fit forward for Countryside in this transitional interim time.
  • How best to work within Countryside bylaws to establish a search committee.

We wish Eric and Melanie all of our love and blessings as they journey to their new home in Oregon.

September 1, 2020: Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes Resignation Letter

September 1, 2020: Congregational Letter