Call Committee Update

January 12, 2019


The Call Committee has continued our efforts towards discerning the next Lead Pastor for HSLC.  In 2018 our Ministry Site Profile (MSP) was accepted and posted by the ELCA.  Interested candidates can submit their Rostered Minister Profile (RMP). Their profiles are used by the Bishop’s staff to find a good “match” between their characteristics, strengths and passions, and those of HSLC.


We received a call list in August, 2018, with the names of two candidates, from the office of the Bishop of the Florida-Bahama Synod. We conducted telephone interviews, then invited both to Juno Beach for face-to-face interviews.  Both candidates attended worship (as anonymous visitors) at both Saturday night and Sunday morning services.  We felt it was important that they have a clear understanding of the nature of the worship we enjoy here at HSLC.


In the end, after much thoughtful deliberation and prayerful discernment, we decided to release both candidates from further consideration for the lead pastor position.  This was a difficult decision, but we are confident that the experience gained through interviewing these candidates has helped the Call Committee to have a clearer understanding of the process and the type of candidate we are searching for.


In December, 2108, we received another call list, this time with one name.  This candidate was recommended to us by a former member of the congregation.  Unfortunately, this candidate was unable to consider a move to Florida for at least two years.  This delay would not have allowed us to take advantage of the overlapping transition plan afforded by Pastor Frank’s early announcement of his retirement.


The Bishop’s staff was notified, and they continue to work on a new list of potential candidates for us.  Meanwhile, we would remind the congregation to forward along the names of pastors you think might be a good fit for us here at HSLC.


As a reminder, the Call Committee is obligated to keep all information about these candidates confidential.  Once we interview candidates, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to decide if a candidate should be recommended to our Church Council.  If so, the Council will in turn interview the candidate.  Only with the endorsement of the council will a candidate be presented to the congregation.


We appreciate the many prayers of the congregation, and ask that they continue, that we may be greatly blessed by the the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this important process.


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.