Call Committee Update

 INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIAL CONGREGATION MEETING:  The Church Council has called a Special Congregation Meeting for Sunday, October 4, 12:30 PM.  The  purpose of  the meeting is to vote regarding calling a new Lead Pastor for Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.  Only members are allowed to  vote.  However, we want all our members, associate members and guests to  be equally informed.  If we  have your home address a mailing with information regarding the candidate and the voting process was mailed to  you on September 17.  If we have  your email address the same information will be emailed to  you on Monday, September 21.  If you have questions please contact the church office at 561-624-9663 or  

From Letter mailed to Members September 3:

Dear Members and Friends of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church:

The Church Council of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church calls a Special Congregation Meeting for Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 12:30 PM.  The purpose of the meeting will be to take one vote, to call a new Lead Pastor for our congregation.  Only members of HSLC will be allowed to cast a vote.


There are clear guidelines provided to us by our constitution and the Florida-Bahamas Synod on how this meeting is to be called and conducted.  According to our constitution C10.01.01C the congregation must be given 30 days’ notice prior to the meeting.  C10.04 stipulates that there must be a quorum of membership present at the meeting.  Our quorum is 15%.  To issue the call to the new Lead Pastor two thirds of those members present must vote to approve.  C10.05 states that voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.


Due to the importance of strict confidentiality to protect the candidate’s anonymity we cannot release their name at this time.  However, on September 17 we will send you another letter including the name of the candidate and a bio.  According to Synod guidelines you will have several opportunities to meet and greet the candidate on October 2-3. 


Since we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic we will conduct the meet-and-greet opportunities and the Special Congregation Meeting under strict safety protocols to protect everyone’s health.  There will be several in-person meet-and-greet gatherings in the sanctuary on October 2-3 and they will be limited to 45 people and everyone must register their attendance beforehand.  There will also be several Zoom gatherings that everyone will be invited to.  At the special Congregation Meeting on October 4th only 45 preregistered voting members will be allowed to attend in-person in the sanctuary.  However, for those who cannot vote in person in the sanctuary, the following additional voting opportunities will be offered:

  • Drive-in voting,
  • Voting during Zoom meeting of Special Congregation Meeting
  • A dial-up feature with your phone will also be provided

Everyone will be able to vote at the same time as those who are voting in person.


We are deeply grateful for the prayers and support of the congregation and the tremendous sacrifice of time and effort by the Call Committee members and Church Council members that have brought us to this important place in the life of HSLC.  For the next 30 days we ask for your continued prayers for the Lead Pastor candidate and for our congregation, that God’s will be done, and Jesus’ name be praised.


Peter Randolph, Church Council President



If you would like to see a copy of the MSP or have questions about the Call Process , please email Steve Jerauld at

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Meet the Call Committee

  • Steve Jerauld, Chairman

    Steve Jerauld has lived in PBC since 1969, and presently lives in PBG with his wife, Diane.  They have two children, Mike (and his wife, Sarah) and Casey, and two grandchildren, Hannah and Emilie. Steve served with PBC Fire Rescue for 35 years, working through the ranks until retiring as Fire Chief in 2013.  He and his family started attending HSLC shortly after the contemporary service was introduced in 1996. Steve served on Church Council for 4 years, and participated in the hiring processes for our Youth Leader and Business Manager positions. Steve and Diane were involved in Youth Group and Camp Lutherock, and were part of the Open Door outreach team at Dwyer High School. He serves on the Board for Children’s Home Society, and is actively involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry.

  • Sarah Applegate

    Sarah and her husband Bill have been members of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church since 2010.  Their three children, Emma (13), Will (11), and Charlie (7) have grown up in the church taking part in children and youth education and events.  For many years, Sarah has volunteered and coordinated church functions on campus, including Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, and His Kids events.  Sarah is educated as a secondary English/Language Arts teacher and taught for 16 years in Palm Beach County and with an online high school.  She also worked as the Community Care Coordinator at the church.  Currently, Sarah is focusing on her family, volunteering at schools and the church, and assisting Bill with his construction business.

  • Sergio Charon

    Sergio Charon was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  He attended military schools from an early age and was accepted to the United States Air Force Academy, from which he graduated in 1989.  After serving in the US Air Force until 1994, he earned his Master’s in Aviation Safety (Central Missouri State University) and went on to work with the US Air Force as a DoD Civilian supporting weapons integration flight tests.  In 2005, Sergio joined Sikorsky Aircraft as an Avionics System Test Lead.  He is currently an Aviation & Product Safety Manager for Sikorsky’s Helicopter Development Flight Center in Jupiter FL.  Along the way, he became a Certified Flight Instructor and a US Coast Guard certified Captain.  Sergio really enjoys playing guitar, ukulele, piano and even an accordion (when he feels the need to annoy others, haha).  He married the love of his life, Tammy Weiler in 2013.  Sergio and Tammy enjoy introducing others to the joys of sailing in the beautiful West Palm Beach area through their charter business, Sailing Rendezvous.

  • Jerry Ingram

    Jerry Ingram and his wife Cathy have been members of HSLC for four years. Their daughter Laura, her husband Jim Bellamy and their two beautiful daughters, Bryndolyn and Emerson are members of HSLC. The families live in the Palm Beach Gardens area and worship together at the 9:30 am service.  Jerry’s son James lives in Orlando and like his Dad, is an engineer. Jerry recently retired as a Civil Engineer following 37 years with a national consulting engineering firm.  He serves on the HSLC Transition Team and attends the Men’s Group.

  • Kristy Koenig

    Kristy Koenig and her family reside in Palm Beach Gardens and have been attending HSLC since 2011.  Kristy and her husband, Josh, celebrated 10 years of marriage this year and together they have 2 daughters, Abigail (age 4) and Amelia (age 2).  Kristy works at home full time and volunteers regularly both at her daughters' school and here at HSLC.  She helps lead the HSLC Moms group and most recently, has joined the HSLC music ministry as a vocalist for the Saturday night worship service.  Josh serves the church regularly during worship services as a communion assistant and reader.  He also served on the previous intern committee for Pastor Ryan Arnold.  The Koenig family actively participates and attends HSLC congregation and community events throughout the year and their children are involved in the Sunday School and His Kids programs.  

  • Matt Marsom

    Matt and his family have been HSLC members since 2001, shortly after relocating from Clarkston, Mich., to Jupiter.  A Michigan State University graduate who still roots for the Spartans, Matt has been married to his best friend, Tracy, for 30 years. He is most proud of his three children, sons Drew (26) and Ryan (24), and daughter Kara (22). Matt currently serves on the Church Council at HSLC. He has been heavily involved with Soulfire, Middle School Mondays and Sunday School for many years. A member of the HSLC Call Committee from 2012-15, he and Tracy usher regularly at 9:30 a.m. services. The editorial director of PGA Magazine and, Matt previously served as the editor of NBA Inside Stuff Magazine, Basketball Weekly, Football News and NHL PowerPlay Magazine, while also writing sports books. In his free time, Matt likes to walk the family dogs (Pippa and Narley) and watch baseball at Roger Dean Stadium.

  • Dustin Schwarz

    Dustin Schwarz and his wife Kelly began attending Holy Spirit in 2010 and joined as members shortly after. They have two daughters, Kyla (5) and Caroline (3), that have grown up in the church. Dustin works just down the road at NextEra Energy. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Gator games, and getting out on the water. His involvement at Holy Spirit has included greeting, ushering, and helping to set up around Palm Sunday services and fall festivals. His family usually attends the 9:30 am service and has plans to mix in the Saturday evening service.