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2015 is a year of transition for Rosemount United Methodist Church

There’s a lot of transition going on at Rosemount United Methodist Church this summer. And while the congregation has had to say some goodbyes this summer, they will also welcome new faces to the staff.

In June, pastor Paul Baudhuin, who has been at Rosemount UMC for nearly five years, left to become the lead pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in St. Louis Park. Jean Elliott, a youth minister, took a position at another congregation. And lastly, in August, Karen Klekner, the LifeStage minister, will retire after 16 years on staff.

The departures provided the opportunity for church leaders to look at how to best staff the church and make some adjustments.

“All along the way in this new staffing model process, I have felt God’s presence, power and peace,” lead pastor Karen Bruin wrote to congregants in the May newsletter. “Things have been falling into place in a most amazing way! It is as if God was saying, ‘Trust me and just open the next door.’ And as the door was opened, God would lead us to the next door. I have every confidence that God will continue to bring the right people to fill our Age Area Specialists roles in the months to come,”

Those adjustments include pastor Nate Larson taking on an interim discipleship director role. The position will work with faith formation from cradle to the end of life.

Additionally, Larson will continue to lead the effort to start a new outreach ministry to the south metro called The Bridge. Larson said he anticipates the new worship community will launch in fall of 2017.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Rosemount because there’s so much going on,” said Larson.

As part of the staffing changes, Pastor Karen Evenson has joined the Rosemount UMC staff part time. As the associate pastor of missions and connections, Evenson will promote missions and service to all members of the church. Additionally, Evenson will work to strengthen community engagement.

“I’m encouraged by all the things I’ve seen and heard here in Rosemount. Connecting with people is my first goal. I’m looking forward to getting to know this community,” said Evenson.

In addition to her duties at Rosemount UMC, Evenson serves as a program manager for the Minnesota Annual Conference. When her time in that role is complete, in June 2016, Evenson will transition to full time at Rosemount UMC.

Looking forward to her new position, Evenson said she’s sees her new role as a way to connect people to God, themselves and one another.

“Preaching, teaching and doing missions … gets me excited,” said Evenson.

In the coming months there will be a few more new faces added to the staff as the church will fill four age area specialist positions which will focus on faith formation for church youth ages birth through senior high school.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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