The Rev. Andrew Alberts will be installed as the new pastor at Tallmadge Lutheran Church on Sunday, Aug. 3. Pastor Alberts has served as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens, Wis. since 2007.
The Installation Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., with a light reception to follow.
Alberts' installation comes upon the retirement in May of the Rev. David Zachrich who had served as senior pastor at Tallmadge Lutheran Church since 1993.
Alberts was selected by a Call Committee consisting of 10 church members and one non-voting church staff member. A congregational vote approved the Call Committee's selection and a call (offer) was extended, followed by a visit to Tallmadge in May by Alberts and his wife, Annie. After Alberts accepted the call, his wife and the couple's four children returned to Tallmadge in June to attend Tallmadge Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School and to look for a home. The Alberts family will reside in Tallmadge.
Chris Tywon, chair of the Call Committee, said the congregation is very excited to have Alberts and his family become a part of the church and the community. "Throughout this process our collective prayer has been that God would direct all of our steps and it certainly feels as though He has done that. Pastor Alberts repeatedly expressed that same desire in our communication with him, so together we will continue to seek God's will in this transition and obediently follow Him."
In a letter to the congregation, Alberts shared his eagerness to join the family of faith at Tallmadge Lutheran Church and stated, "I have a passion to help individuals and families intentionally live out and pass on faith in Jesus Christ from one generation to the next. I also hope to create a discipleship culture marked by the presence of God's Kingdom."
Alberts is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Mo., and has completed a program in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University in Seward, Neb. He and his wife are both currently participating in the Pastoral Leadership Institute, a multi-year leadership program that pursues a vision to train pastors, spouses, and key leaders to put the extraordinary mission of God into the hands of ordinary people.
Alberts will lead his first services at Tallmadge Lutheran Church Aug. 10. Sunday worship services are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School for all ages at 9:10 a.m. For more information, call 330-633-4775 or visit the church website at www.tallmadgelutheranchurch.org.