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Over 20 years ago, Pastor Jeff Nelsen began praying that he could one day lead Cherry Hills in a healthy transition, as Pastor Gary had done with him in 1998. Then 5 years ago, Jeff began quietly working with a couple of the Elders to contemplate a transition plan giving the lead pastor role to younger leaders before he reached retirement age, so that our church might reach the widest age range of people possible.
About a year ago, before covid started, Jeff initiated the process of transition, working closely with the Elders. And now, after a year of conversations and prayer, they're in complete agreement that this is the right time to transition. On April 5, 2021 Jeff will step into a new role on the Cherry Hills staff, and hand his lead pastor role to Pastors Steve Patzia and Brian Schwarberg.
The Elders have prayed, planned, and considered this transition for the past year, seeking first biblical counsel, as well as outside counsel in this process. The Elder team unanimously affirm Steve and Brian to become the next Lead Pastors of Cherry Hills Church, following Jeff’s leadership transition on April 5, 2021.
Jeff, Brian and Steve sat down to share about their journeys to this transition.