UPDATE: September 6, 2017
Last weekend we announced that Pastor Ben Gonzalez declined the call to serve as Associate Pastor at WLC. Although we were disappointed, we are excited that he did accept the call to serve as the Lead Pastor at our daughter congregation theAlley in Cottage Grove.
The Search Team and Church Council are meeting this week to consider our next steps in the process as well as beginning the process of searching for a new Oak Hill Campus Pastor to replace Pastor Derek as he moves to St. Louis.
Through it all God is good! During this time I would ask that you would keep your church in your prayers as well as consider how you can use your gifts to serve during this time. If you are looking to serve please email me at and I will personally be sure to make sure you are connected into a serving ministry at WLC.
Pastor Tom and Pastoral Search Team
UPDATE: August 23, 2017
The Search Committee is happy to announce the vote to call Pastor Ben Gonzales as our next Associate Pastor has closed and the congregation has approved extending the call to Ben.
We ask that you keep Pastor Ben, his wife KJ, and their family in your prayers over the next several weeks as they deliberate where the Lord is leading them to serve.
UPdate: August 13, 2017
The Search Committee of WLC for the Associate Pastor of Multisite Ministry, Valley Creek Campus Pastor Call process would like to announce that Pastor Ben Gonzales is our recommended candidate to serve in this position at Woodbury Lutheran Church. I would like to share some biographical information on Pastor Ben, his family, and his ministry.
Pastor Ben was born in Pecos, Texas and moved frequently with his family during his childhood. Pastor Ben, his wife, KJ, and their four children(Evelyn, 18; Tobias, 15; Genesis, 11; and Cross, 7) reside in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as Pastor at Unveil Church in Houston and has been there since 2010. Pastor Ben conducted his vicarage at Good Shepherd Church in Hayward, California in 2002-2003. Prior to Unveil Church, he served as Associate Pastor at Jefferson Hills Church in Imperial, Missouri (2005-2010).
Pastor Ben received his BA degree from Concordia University in Austin, Texas and completed his Master of Divinity from the LCMS Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pastor Ben is mission-minded, Gospel-centered and has a deep love for all people. We pray that Pastor Ben will accept the call to Woodbury Lutheran and that he and his family will be part of the WLC family.
Both candidates that came to WLC for interviews were compared to the job description and the current pastoral needs for WLC. We conducted evaluations from LCMS-supplied information and biographical summaries. We conducted initial phone interviews, feedback from written questionnaires from each candidate, a video conference with each candidate and finally an in-person interview with the congregation, WLC staff, the Search Committee and Church Council/Elders. We have also evaluated the feedback forms submitted by the congregation after the in-person interviews. We believe the Holy Spirit has lead us to recommend Pastor Ben Gonzales for the following reasons:
- To date Pastor Ben received more recommendations and positive feedback from the congregational survey forms.
- His experience and capability to reach out and disciple the Millennial generation and young people.
- His enthusiasm and capability for preaching and teaching The Word of God.
- His experience and capability in starting a congregation and ministry at the grass-roots level. He will help grow WLC and Christ’s Kingdom.
- He preaches and professes what we believe are the core values of WLC: Multiplying Disciples // Transforming Lives. We welcome all people at WLC to come just the way they are.
- He is equipped to reach people we are not currently reaching.
- He is a wonderful communicator.
- He is authentic and has a passion for our Lord and Savior.
- He has a fire and enthusiasm for the lost, for relationships with people, for the Word of God, and for The Lord.
The Call Committee also believes Pastor Adam Parvey is an excellent pastor and candidate and has many gifts and abilities. We believe the Holy Spirit has lead us to this recommendation and we hope and have faith that you concur as fellow members of WLC.
Voting to approve the Call of Pastor Ben Gonzales for the position of Associate Pastor of Multisite Ministries, Valley Creek Camps Pastor is officially open. The vote will be open through Sunday, August 20. After the voting is complete, a Call will be issued to the candidate if he is approved.
To God be the glory!
Call Committee Chair
UPDATE: August 8, 2017
The Search Committee of WLC for the Associate Pastor for Multisite Ministries - Valley Creek Campus Pastor call process would like to share with you the current progress and update in our search for a new Associate Pastor. Both candidates that came to WLC to be interviewed were compared to the job description and the current pastoral needs for WLC. We conducted evaluations from LCMS supplied information and biographical summaries. We conducted initial phone interviews, feedback from written questionnaires from each candidate, a video conference with each candidate, and finally the in-person interview with the congregation, WLC staff, the Call Committee and Church Council/Elders. We have evaluated all of the feedback forms submitted by the congregation after the in person interviews.
- The Call Committee has made a recommendation to the Church Council for approval. We expect the response from the Church Council by the end of this week.
- Congregational candidate survey forms are still being accepted until August 11 and can be found below.
- The recommended Associate Pastoral candidate will be announced on Sunday, August 13 at all services and all campuses.
- Voting by the congregation will start on Sunday, August 13 and run through Sunday, August 20. Paper ballots will be available and electronic ballots will be available on this page one voting opens.
- A Call will then be issued to the candidate after congregational voting is complete and the candidate is approved.
We believe the Holy Spirit has led us to this recommendation and we hope and have faith that you concur as fellow members of WLC.
We appreciate any comments, questions or concerns you may have in this search process.
In His service,
Call Committee Chair
UPDATE: AUGUST 2, 2017
Campus Pastor Candidate Adam Parvey
Campus Pastor Candidate Ben Gonzales
UPdate: July 25, 2017
The Search Committee for Associate Pastor for Multisite Ministries - Valley Creek Campus Pastor is pleased to announce we have narrowed our list of candidates down to three finalists. We will bring each finalist in for an onsite visit. Two candidates are already scheduled and we hope to have the third scheduled shortly.
The Search Committee invites you to meet the candidates!
- Pastor Ben Gonzales and his wife, Katy, are from Unveil Church in Houston, Texas. Join us Monday, July 31, 7-8 pm in the Valley Creek Campus Sanctuary.
- Meet Pastor Adam Parvey and his wife, Lisa, from Redeemer Lutheran in Springfield, Missouri on Tuesday, August 1, 7-8 pm in the Valley Creek Campus Sanctuary.
We will be live streaming both events. Recordings and a feedback form will be available on this page.
Announcement: March 16, 2017
The Search Committee has begun meeting as we prepare to call an Associate Pastor for Multisite Ministries - Valley Creek Campus Pastor.
The main responsibilities of this position will include the following:
- Shepherd the Saturday and Sunday 11 am Contemporary worship services and the WLC online campus.
- Champion the WLC Hospitality Ministry or champion the WLC Reach Ministry (Missions).
- Lead and cultivate a ministry to the Next Generation (18-30 year olds).
Changes to the Call Process
Under the revised WLC Constitution, the following changes have been made to streamline the call process:
- As elected representatives of the congregation, Church Council assumes responsibility for forming a Search Committee and approving a job description, tasks that no longer require initiation and approval through a congregational meeting.
- Once a candidate is identified, congregational voting will be open for two Sundays and will require a 2/3 voter approval.
Call Process Targeted Milestones
- Search committee and prayer teams formed
- Job description approved by Church Council
- Receive nominations from congregation, search committee members and church staff
- Send nominations to District Office for review and for President Nadasdy to add additional candidates
- Prayer team continues
- Search committee reviews nominations, conducts interviews and identifies candidates
- Reference and background checks are conducted on final candidate(s)
- Search committee presents final candidate(s) to the congregation (early/mid- June)
- Search committee reviews input and feedback from the congregation
- Congregational voting closes
- Search committee extends call to selected candidate
- Called pastor considers/prays about the call
- Call is accepted (if not accepted, the process begins again)
- Call confirmation letter is sent
We welcome your continued prayers during this process in attempting to discern the will of the Holy Spirit. We move ahead committed to our work for His Kingdom and with hearts filled with longing for all of God’s people to discover the love of Jesus.