Holding on and letting go … coming, going, and living life as an interim pastor. Rev. Dr. Laura Reason shares from her 25 years of service to 20 churches.
Rev. Dr. Laura Reason is an interim pastor. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with 20 congregations, most often during the interim phase of their transitional journeys. Currently transitional teaching elder for the United Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Ill., Rev. Reason also has held six pastorates in Illinois and Indiana and has served the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as an educational consultant, workshop leader for regional educational events, and a field site supervisor for student pastors from McCormick. For 15 years, she was preaching faculty for the Synod of Lincoln Trails Commissioned Lay Pastor Training and Continuing Education programs and moderator of the Synod School Task Force. A former trustee on McCormick’s board and a former member of the Alumni Council, she works on behalf of various presbyteries’ Committee on Ministry (COM), often moderating the sessions of vacant churches and serving as the COM liaison for the interim time.
“If an interim pastor can help a congregation live out Matthew 18:15-20, and Ephesians 4:1-16, she will have done a lot. As we hold our lives and circumstances up to the light of Scripture, we find ways to communicate, serve, and worship together.”