Transitional Senior Pastor Announced

At its April meeting, the Westminster Session received the report from the Personnel Committee for Staff and Ministers (PCSM) that they have extended an invitation to a candidate for the Transitional Senior Pastor role. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Japinga will begin the role in May 1, balancing his time as he completes his current position.

“The TSP Search Committee is delighted to present Jeff Japinga to Westminster as our Transitional Senior Pastor,” said Brent Hall, chair of the Transitional Search Committee. “Although many in our congregation will know Jeff as a familiar face in the pews, few members realize the depth and variety of his ministry experience. Jeff is a gifted preacher and has significant experience in leading complex organizations through transitional periods. He is excited to lead Westminster through our transitional period and we are excited to have him.”

Hall led the Transitional Search Committee, a sub-committee of the Personnel Committee for Staff and Ministers (PCSM), which was responsible for hiring the Transitional Senior Pastor. The Pastor Nominating Committee, which was elected by the congregation, continues the separate process to find Westminster’s next Senior Pastor and Head of Staff.

From 2015 to 2021, Japinga served as the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, which makes him familiar with Westminster and the community with him. Japinga has previously served as Associate Dean and Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, as well as with the Reformed Church in America. Japinga more recently served as an Interim Minister at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield, Minnesota, and Transitional Executive Presbyter of John Knox Presbytery in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

“In my 37 years in ministry serving God’s church, mostly in places of transition, I’ve deepened the skills of asking good questions and listening to diverse perspectives; the commitment to hearing diverse voices, especially including those less heard, and synthesizing words into actions; the practice of doing this collaboratively, as a trusted colleague and companion,” said Japinga. “I will bring all of me in service to this goal: to focus and prepare Westminster Presbyterian Church to welcome its next senior pastor with clarity, with energy, and a renewed commitment to be the church God is calling you to be.”

Japinga has a Bachelor of Science from the Northwestern University in Illinois, a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. The Westminster community will have an opportunity to welcome Jeff to Westminster on Sunday, April 28, and hear him preach on Sunday, May 12.

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