With consent of the bishop, Superintendent Stefan Schröckenfuchs names the Rev. Dr. Tom M. Garrison as the interim pastor of the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, beginning on 1 September 2020.
In a note to the congregation on 12 June, Pastor Stefan and PPR chair Adetokunbo Aganga-Williams wrote, “we are pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Tom M. Garrison has agreed to serve during this interim period through the end of the year. Pastor Tom is well-known to the congregation as he served as ESUMC summer pastor in summer 2018. He most recently taught a preaching workshop at ESUMC in January 2020.” They expect that the interim period will last through the end of 2020.
In related news, the Pastor Stefan and Adetokunbo shared about the pastoral search process: “we have not been given yet a name or concrete information about the future [pastor]. However, we expect to receive more information before school ends. Once the final approval has been made and the ESUMC pastor-parish relations committee is notified, we can share more information with the congregation.”